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    In the seven months since being arrested by the FBI and drummed out of the U.S., flame-haired spy Anna Chapman has become Russia’s hottest cultural icon. She’s posed semi-naked in a men’s magazine, suggestively holding a pistol, and she’s stood at attention in a tight-fitting military uniform receiving a medal from President Dmitry Medvedev. She’s been on TV numerous times, doing skits on the national New Year’s show and presenting her own program about the “mysteries of the world.” And, as of last week, Chapman has registered her name as a trademark, meaning that her Russian fans can look forward to Chapman-branded products from soap to jewelry and watches, clothes and shoes, vodka and beer.
    http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/13/russia-s-anna-inc.html

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    The information in this thread is completely useless.
     
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    "Whoever would want to 'tap' this Russian spy for information, raise your hand."

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    on-topic:
    Spain is the largest producer of licorice.
     
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    I'd sell out the U.S.A. for her in minute!
     
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    Sure, Aykhan.

    P.S. And this is post No. 3005 in this thread.:neutral:























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    Maria Kirilenko needs to practice her between-the-legs shots.
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    Mongolian barbecue (Chinese: 蒙古烤肉; pinyin: Měnggǔ kǎoròu) is a restaurant style of stir frying meats and vegetables over a large, round, solid iron griddle that is as large as 2.5 m in diameter and can cook at temperatures as high as 300 °C or 572 °F. Originally from Taiwan, it is neither Mongolian nor barbecue.

    Origin

    Mongolian barbecue first appeared in Taiwan in the middle to late 20th century. Although the stir-frying of meats on a large, open surface is supposed to evoke Mongolian cuisine, the preparation actually derives from Japanese-style teppanyaki which was popular in Taiwan at the time. "Mongolian" barbecue is not actually Mongolian at all; for examples of genuine Mongolian food, see buuz or khuushuur. A barbecue in Mongolia is prepared quite differently.

    Nonwithstanding the historic facts, BD's Mongolian Barbeque claims that soldiers of the Mongol Empire gathered large quantities of meats, prepared them with their swords and cooked them on their overturned shields over a large fire, while a German restaurant chain with the same concept claims that the Mongolian soldiers cooked their meals on a heated stone.

    Preparation

    Typically, diners choose various ingredients from a buffet of thinly sliced raw meats and vegetables and assemble them in a large bowl or on a plate. These ingredients are given to the griddle operator who adds the diner's choice of sauce and transfers them to one section of the hot griddle. Oil and sometimes water may be added to ease cooking and the ingredients are stirred occasionally.

    The ample size of the Mongolian barbecue griddle allows for several diners' food to be cooked simultaneously on different parts of the griddle. When cooking is complete, the finished dish is scooped into a bowl and handed to the diner.

    Restaurants

    In Taiwan, a number of restaurants exist that specialize in Mongolian barbecue with additional buffet items available as well. These establishments often have names evoking the Mongol Empire such as Great Khan (大可汗) or Temüjin (鐵木真). The peak popularity of these restaurants was in the 1980s and 1990s.

    In the United States, Mongolian barbecue is often found in American Chinese buffet restaurants, but some businesses such as the BD's Mongolian Barbeque chain focus primarily on the barbecue. Hu Hot, Genghis Grill, Y.C.'s Mongolian Grill and Hula's are other chains of restaurants with this type of fare.

    The Mongolian Barbeque is a chain with locations in Europe and the Middle East.


    Jingisukan

    In Japan, a similar dish to Mongolian barbecue called Jingisukan (ジンギスカン? "Genghis Khan") is prepared with mutton and cooked on a convex metal skillet. The dish is particularly popular on the northern island of Hokkaidō. The dish is rumored to be so named because in prewar Japan, lamb was widely thought to be the meat of choice among Mongolian soldiers, and the dome-shaped skillet is meant to represent the soldier's helmets that they purportedly used to cook their food.
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    I am willing to give free lessons to her :)
     
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    on-topic: Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko is an Aquarian
     
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    ^^ Oooh, you've uncovered some revealing information, mine friend.
     
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    Yes, he has definitely cracked this case wide open.
     
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    it is said Friday the 13th originates on the day of the execution of the last leader of the Knights Templar.

    Anyone want story time?
     
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    me me, I want to know your story about the Knights Templar:)
     
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    Dont hold out on us man
     
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    http://www.news.com.au/world/evidence-of-aliens-nasa-scientist/story-fn6sb9br-1226016524950

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    Sorry, I was on retreat and I entirely forgot about this.

    Ok, so here it is.

    The Knights Templar had been charged of heresy, apostasy, idolatry, homosexuality, and a number of other offenses. In 1312 the order was disbanded. A lot of the knights in France were arrested and forced--via torture--to confess to crimes they did not commit. King Philip of France forced Pope Clement V to go along with the trials, though Clement believed in the innocence of the Templars.

    On Friday, October 13, 1314, Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar, was to be executed. At his execution pyre, he was tied in a prayerful stance and facing the Notre Dame. While the flames were around him, he said "Dieu sait qui a tort et a pëché. Il va bientot arriver malheur à ceux qui nous ont condamnés à mort" (God knows who is wrong and who has sinned. Soon, a calamity will occur to those who sentenced us to death.). Within the year, the King of France had died while hunting and Clement had died from illness.

    Friday the 13th
     
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    Politiets Efterretningstjeneste

    "Truth" Drugs in Interrogation

    The search for effective aids to interrogation is probably as old as man's need to obtain information from an uncooperative source and as persistent as his impatience to shortcut any tortuous path. In the annals of police investigation, physical coercion has at times been substituted for painstaking and time-consuming inquiry in the belief that direct methods produce quick results. Sir James Stephens, writing in 1883, rationalizes a grisly example of "third degree" practices by the police of India: "It is far pleasanter to sit comfortably in the shade rubbing red pepper in a poor devil's eyes than to go about in the sun hunting up evidence."

    More recently, police officials in some countries have turned to drugs for assistance in extracting confessions from accused persons, drugs which are presumed to relax the individual's defenses to the point that he unknowingly reveals truths he has been trying to conceal. This investigative technique, however humanitarian as an alternative to physical torture, still raises serious questions of individual rights and liberties. In this country, where drugs have gained only marginal acceptance in police work, their use has provoked cries of "psychological third degree" and has precipitated medico-legal controversies that after a quarter of a century still occasionally flare into the open.
    https://www.cia.gov/library/center-...ence/kent-csi/vol5no2/html/v05i2a09p_0001.htm
     
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    ha ha. a good video. nice job, folk!!!
     
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    Thanks for sharing of this educational article. I am an anti-drug person:).
     
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    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP)—The International Tennis Federation confirmed Sunday that Ivo Karlovic of Croatia broke the world record for the fastest serve.
    He struck a 156 mph serve in the fourth set of a doubles match against Germany in the Davis Cup on Saturday, breaking Andy Roddick’s previous record of 155 mph.

    “I noticed that while serving, saw it on the screen,” said the 6-foot-10 Karlovic, the tallest player on the ATP circuit. “It is really great.”
     
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    Slot Machine Near Misses Are Perfectly Tuned to Stoke the Addiction

    In the small study, published in Neuron, researchers had 15 volunteers play a slot machine while their brain activity was recorded with fMRI scans. When the researchers compared the scans, they found that near misses drew more blood to reward regions such as the insula and the ventral striatum than full misses did [ScienceNOW Daily News]. These areas are also activated by rewards like chocolate and cocaine; when the near misses partially activated the so-called reward pathway, it released pleasant doses of the brain chemical dopamine.

    Slot machine makers capitalize on the near-miss effect. Researchers have found that they program their games to tease players with near misses about 30% of the time–a number previous studies have found optimal for getting gamblers to keep coming back [ScienceNOW Daily News]. The researchers also found that when they gave the test subjects a sense of control over the game’s outcome by letting them choose when to stop the first reel of the slot machine, the effect of near misses was heightened. That’s another stratagem that Vegas got wise to some time ago.
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/8...s-are-perfectly-tuned-to-stoke-the-addiction/

    An Unidentified Woman During a 36 Hour Slot Machine Binge
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    Wow. that pretty lass has an uncanny resemblance to Ms Kirilenko, but then my mind does imagine a lot.
     
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    The unidentified woman is also adept at telekinesis.
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    Who is this Ms. Kirilenko you are talking about? Is she an SVR agent?
     
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    The babe on the left.
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    (pic taken from This or That thread).
     
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    It is good operational strategy that the SVR agents are running together for safety. Good find!
     
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    Today's tragic events of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, as sad as it is, is a dream for scammers and fraudsters around the world. Tragic events are always something scammers use to their advantage, helping them prey on and exploit innocent victims. Scams are already spreading across Facebook, which started in a matter of minutes after the news broke of the earthquake in Japan. As I write this, scammers are hard at work, registering new domains and cranking out templates for their fake donation sites. This will be followed with massive volumes of email spam, Tweets through Twitter, and Facebook posts, as scammers gear up to solicit donations from around the world.
     
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    The Hellacopters disbanded in 2008.
     
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    Articles from 2007 and 2010 regarding Maria Sharapova and Chernobyl:

    Sharapova still haunted by Chernobyl

    By Mark Hodgkinson 12:01AM BST 27 Mar 2007

    Chernobyl has been in Maria Sharapova's thoughts lately. Mostly that she considers herself extremely fortunate to have escaped the effects of the world's worst nuclear accident, dodging both possible radiation poisoning and death. Sharapova, a woman usually associated with sporting prowess and frothy, girly glamour, is a 'Chernobyl survivor'.

    In her first interview about the impact the calamity at the nuclear power station has had on her family's history, she spoke of how she could very easily have been among the victims. "When I look back at what happened, I just think, 'Oh, my God, I just can't believe it. I feel so lucky that I got out of it, that I got out of there'. So many people didn't get out of it. There were so many people who were affected by it, so many who died, and it's just terrible to think about it, it's incredible really. I am lucky to be alive and well," she said.

    Sharapova disclosed that the key to her coming through unharmed could have been the action taken by her parents, Yuri and Yelena. In the months after the reactor exploded in April 1986, which is said to have thrown out contamination equivalent to more than 100 medium-sized atomic bombs, Sharapova's parents were living in Gomel in Belarus, 80 miles north of Chernobyl. Sharapova's mother was pregnant with her at the time, and she was fretting about what the toxic fall-out could have been doing to the unborn daughter.

    And so they fled Belarus and moved to Siberia, where temperatures in the winter can drop to below -40C, but which was one of only a few places the then-poor Sharapova family could afford to resettle to. Yuri went to work on the oilfields. It was there in Siberia, in the town of Nyagan, that Sharapova, a thankfully healthy child and a future Wimbledon champion and world No 1, was born in April 1987. "I still talk to my mother about that, it pops up in conversation from time to time," Sharapova, 19, said. "She has told me that she was really worried about the radiation possibly affecting me before I was born, and about all the possible illnesses and cancers."
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wtatour/2309886/Sharapova-still-haunted-by-Chernobyl.html

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    Sharapova grasps the pain of her family history and has read, voraciously, about the impact of the Chernobyl catastrophe.

    She is keenly aware that 9,000 people around Gomel will die prematurely because of their exposure to radioactive dust and has not hesitated in her work as an ambassador to the region, on behalf of the United Nations Development Project.

    "My dad's family still live here, so there are a lot of people I'm coming back to," she says. "I was too young to appreciate all the details, apart from the fact that there had been a big disaster, but as I grew older I became more interested, wanting to help people who had been affected or been born here.

    "Too many people have forgotten about Chernobyl, but I'm determined to remember. I'm trying to help the kids who have been born since, to find a way of their own, to give them perspective."

    Assuredly, the children of the 'Gomel Oblast', as this area is known, need her care and the money the attention can bring – as she discovers in Chechersk District Hospital, there has been a 1,400 per cent increase since the disaster of those being born with thyroid cancer.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/te...-her-roots-in-the-wasteland-of-Chernobyl.html
     
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    Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found

    By Zach Howard NORTHAMPTON, Mass | Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:36am EST (Reuters)

    A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain.

    "This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters.

    "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about," said Freund, a University of Hartford, Connecticut, professor who lead an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis.

    To solve the age-old mystery, the team used a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city to find the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multi-ringed dominion known as Atlantis.

    The team of archeologists and geologists in 2009 and 2010 used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology to survey the site.

    Freund's discovery in central Spain of a strange series of "memorial cities," built in Atlantis' image by its refugees after the city's likely destruction by a tsunami, gave researchers added proof and confidence, he said.

    Atlantis residents who did not perish in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there, he added.

    The team's findings will be unveiled on Sunday in "Finding Atlantis," a new National Geographic Channel special.

    While it is hard to know with certainty that the site in Spain in Atlantis, Freund said the "twist" of finding the memorial cities makes him confident Atlantis was buried in the mud flats on Spain's southern coast.

    "We found something that no one else has ever seen before, which gives it a layer of credibility, especially for archeology, that makes a lot more sense," Freund said.

    Greek philosopher Plato wrote about Atlantis some 2,600 years ago, describing it as "an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules," as the Straits of Gibraltar were known in antiquity. Using Plato's detailed account of Atlantis as a map, searches have focused on the Mediterranean and Atlantic as the best possible sites for the city.

    Tsunamis in the region have been documented for centuries, Freund says. One of the largest was a reported 10-story tidal wave that slammed Lisbon in November, 1755.

    Debate about whether Atlantis truly existed has lasted for thousands of years. Plato's "dialogues" from around 360 B.C. are the only known historical sources of information about the iconic city. Plato said the island he called Atlantis "in a single day and night... disappeared into the depths of the sea."

    Experts plan further excavations are planned at the site where they believe Atlantis is located and at the mysterious "cities" in central Spain 150 miles away to more closely study geological formations and to date artifacts.

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    ^^ That's interesting about Atlantis. But i remember reading as a kid that there were some really advanced civilizations that got buried or drowned -- perhaps Atlantis. IIRC, they had space travel capabilities. Now it seems strange that they could perish if they were so advanced.

    I wasted quite a bit of pocket-money on the Atlantis/Maya/Danicken books as a kid :(
     
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    HONOLULU – Thousands of seabirds were killed when the tsunami generated by last week's massive earthquake off Japan flooded Midway, a remote atoll northwest of the main Hawaiian islands, a federal wildlife official said Tuesday.
    At least 1,000 adult and adolescent Laysan albatross were killed, along with thousands of chicks, said Barry W. Stieglitz, the project leader for the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuges.
    Many drowned or were buried under debris as waves reaching 5 feet high rolled over the low-lying atoll about four hours after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck Friday.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110316/ap_on_re_us/us_tsunami_midway_seabirds
     
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    Yes Sentinel. Old civilizations intrigue me. I always wonder about all the similarities and differences between old civilizations and new ones. Of course, there is so much constant change, but at the same time, some things remain constant. When I have visited India over the years, that's the dynamic that most fascinates me. I constantly find myself asking: what are all the things that have changed a lot and what has largely remained the same? I also find myself trying to picture what life was like was for people say 2-4 thousand years ago who lived in ancient civilizations especially. For example, Harappa and Mahenjo Daro are very interesting. I wonder what they'll find as they continue learning more about this lost city they have uncovered off the coast of Spain.
     
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    I have thought about that often, and consider myself to be born a few thousand years late. I often wish to go back in time, when life was slow and peaceful. ...... if it ever was !
     
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    I'm only interested in going back to times where they were things of intellectual or cultural interest. I can't imagine going back to cavemen-like days, when life was all about finding food or playing pin the tail on the dinosaur or whatever.
     
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    Scientists Make Mice Immune to Radiation

    October 28, 2009
    by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor
    In a breakthrough that could change the lives of cancer victims, pilots and nuclear power plant workers, researchers might have found a way to protect cells from radiation damage.

    In a study published in the new AAAS journal Science Translational Medicine (see video below), researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute found that they could protect healthy cells from radiation injury by turning off an inhibitory pathway that regulates nitric oxide.

    Full article

    http://www.radiationcontroltherapies.com/news-and-updates.html
     
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    My history teacher calls me an immortal vampire because of my interest in ancient civilizations lol
     
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    Piles of garbage left by humans thousands of years ago may have helped form tree-covered biodiversity hot spots in the Florida Everglades, according to a new study. The authors say the findings show that human disturbance of the environment doesn't always have a negative consequence.
    The so-called tree islands of the Everglades are patches of relatively high and dry ground that rise from the wetlands. They stand between 1 and 2 meters higher than the surrounding landscape, can cover 100 acres or more, and host two to three times the number of species living in the surrounding marsh. Besides providing habitat for innumerable birds, the islands offer refuge for animals such as alligators and the Florida panther during flood season.


    http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/03/prehistoric-garbage-piles-may-ha.html?ref=hp


    What about all the garbage Hollywood generates :D
     
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    12 year old boy working on Einsteins Theory ...

    A 12-year-old child prodigy has astounded university professors after grappling with some of the most advanced concepts in mathematics.
    Jacob Barnett has an IQ of 170 - higher than Albert Einstein - and is now so far advanced in his Indiana university studies that professors are lining him up for a PHD research role.

    The boy wonder, who taught himself calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry in a week, is now tutoring fellow college classmates after hours.

    And now Jake has embarked on his most ambitious project yet - his own 'expanded version of Einstein's theory of relativity'.
     
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    A good 'curry' (imho Indian=the best cusine in the world) is not a "one-ingrediant" concoction but an amalgamation of many (personally-preferred) blend of spices...depending on 'your' preference....



    Mmmm....imho the best.
     

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