NOT to Be Tolerated; NOT AT ALL!

July 28, 2015 at 7:49 PM (animal activism, cultural acknowledgment, curious research, current news, environmental issues, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, terrestrial studies, web gossip)


Alright, alright, alright (shout-out to Matthew…)!  It has been A WHILE since I have actually sat my fuzzy behind down and blogged!  Yet, after tonight’s events, I could not stay away any longer.  Writing and blogging is what I love to do, after all, so I need to get back into the swing of things.  Besides, with the winds blowing from this shit that has occurred just recently, I can NOT just let it ride without saying something somewhere to someone!  DAMN IT!!!

I am sure that anyone with any level of cognizance has heard the news events of today.  Specifically, I am referring to what went down in Africa; Zimbabwe.  One of these assholes who feels that it is a fun and entertaining thing to hunt animals for sport went into The Hwange National Park of Zimbabwe, armed with a rifle, and targeting wild animals.  This man (term used loosely…) named Walter James Palmer, a resident of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, entered the supposed sanctuary on the evening of July 6 with intentions to slaughter the wondrous wildcat.

Palmer was accompanied by Johnny Rodrigues, the head of The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (of all things…).  It was at night, and they were using a spotlight to locate the lions.  When Cecil was seen, the men tied a dead animal to their vehicle, using it’s scent to lure Cecil toward them.  They drove out of the park, with Cecil in pursuit, and Palmer initially shot the lion with an arrow!  This did not kill the cat, and he was able to escape.

However, Palmer and Rodrigues tracked Cecil down, locating him roughly forty hours later.  That is when they murdered the lion with a shotgun!  Moments later, the men saw that Cecil had been suited with a GPS tracking collar, and they attempted to destroy it, in an attempt to keep their cover!

Adding to the horror, these men (if you choose to call them such…) beheaded and skinned Cecil!  The lion’s head has yet to be located.  As is the way of nature, the cub’s of Cecil’s now will fall under the will of the next lead lion, which is called Jericho.  This lion likely will kill Cecil’s cubs, as is the way of nature, to ensure the future of his own bloodline!

Palmer is accused of killing “Cecil the lion” in Zimbabwe. Cecil ...

 

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/28/africa/zimbabwe-lion-killed/index.html
http://mashable.com/2015/07/28/cecil-the-lion-killed-by-dentist
http://news.sky.com/story/152649   
http://deadspin.com/dipshit-midwestern-dentist…lion-1720587798 
http://patch.com/…dentist-reportedly-killed…famous-lion-report
http://www.aspca.org

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Is There Life Out There?

December 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, late night studies, public debate, science and technology, web gossip)


Certainly, this is a subject that humanity has been following for generations.  I will admit to possibly salivating in heat to know the actual answer to this long-pressed question.  Is there life out there?

Surely, this is something that every human being with any inkling of intellectual capacity wants to acknowledge.  Is Planet Earth the only planet, of ALL OF THE PLANETS IN THE UNIVERSE, that hosts life?  The mere notion of that seemingly is ridiculous!  Yet, besides all of the rumors and hearsay, after all of the quandaries and queries, many of us really want to know whether or not there is anyone, anything else ALIVE out there in the vastness of the cosmos.

Browsing The Internet brought me to the e-article Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life In 2015.  The author’s immediate response was “Probably not, but just possibly yes”.  Now, just what in The Hell is that supposed to say?!?!

I recognize that life, as we understand it, requires certain, almost precise conditions, in order for it to form, to evolve, to thrive, et cetera.  Yet, who is to say that other forms of life can not exist based upon some other bases of existence that we have yet to comprehend?  As far as I know, we have NOT travelled all throughout the universe, let alone The Milky Way, so we are basing the manners of life-thriving on how we understand it from an Earth-bound perspective.  That method of living might NOT always be the case in other places of the universe.  Rebuttal?

Going into this e-article, the author delves into our recent, scientific studies of Mars.  The rover Curiosity was able to pick up traces of methane in the Martian atmosphere.  That small trace-emission of gas is the slightest of possibilities that life could have existed on The Red Planet at some point in it’s past!  That seems to sound so blatantly dull and irrelevant, yet knowing whether or not any life was on Mars surely will mean that life certainly can exist at any other location throughout our Milky Way Galaxy.  Our key would be just to locate the precise planetary systems, star systems, and to learn their distances in relation to Earth, so that we are able to study them!

Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus are attracting recent attention.  These are two of the larger moons of the two largest worlds of our solar system, and they seem to be massive worlds covered with ice.  Some scientists are believing that enormous oceans exist beneath these ice shells.  Even greater leaps of speculation (hope?) would lead some to suggest that aquatic life could exist within the oceans of these lunar worlds!  Liquid water also is suspected to exist beneath Jupiter’s Ganymede, Saturn’s Titan, as well as worlds at the edge of the solar system such as Eris and Pluto!

This is just from the beginner’s basic exploration of our own solar system.  There is an entire, massive star-filled galaxy, complete with millions of other worlds all around us!  On top of that, there are likely millions of other galaxies out there!  It would be beyond absurd to suggest that there is no life at some place, some nook, in some location of space that we simply have NOT seen, are NOT aware of, at this time!

Embrace our inferiority!  It will be a while, at least, before we actually get to discover the truth about other worlds, and whether or not they host living beings.  We can not even get back to our own friggin’ moon, let alone anywhere else in our solar system.  Dare NOT mention any manner of voyage to any location to another star system.  NO.  Not now.

 

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/2014/12/29/will-we-find-extraterrestrial-life-in-2015/
http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~jh8h?Foundations/drake.html
http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/universe/uni_life.html
http://www.hawking.org.uk/life-in-the-universe.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9HLlOnapE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2014/05/24/aliens-exist-and-will-be-found-pretty-soon-say-scientists/
http://www.npr.org/…/271093289/eureka-first-life-in-the-universe
http://www.gizmag.com/earth-like-planets-milky-way-kepler-koi-3158/35378/
dancing green alien

We will keep looking…..

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A Brief Thought of Politics Right Now….

August 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM (curious research, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, web gossip)


I am half-ass watching this jack-ass, Texas Governor Rick Perry, as he gets his mug shot taken after his indictment, while some woman talks about him making Texas the laughing stock of the nation!  My question would be, why did not you consider that when you voted for him the first damned time?  Surely you heard the rest of the nation laughing then?!?!  Anyhow…

I look at more relevant news, seeing where these insanely murderous militants of I.S.I.S. are at their villainously wicked antics!  It was earlier when a video was posted on YouTube, showing where the terrorist organization had United States citizen and journalist James Foley as their captive.  During the video, Foley is shown on his knees, beside someone who is wearing all-black clothing.  He is made to read a statement that says, “the real killer is America”!  Soon thereafter, Foley’s head is cut off of his body!  RUTHLESS!

I.S.I.S. is in NO WAY meant to be portrayed as anything more than a despicably disgusting collection of criminals and crap.  Currently stationed in Iraq and Syria, this terrorist assemblage is working in attempts to shut down and to destroy anything that contradicts their strict and harsh beliefs of Islam, likely as displayed through the mannerisms of their leadership.  They work through ruthless actions of terror that include capturing their enemies, then torturing them, executing them, and even beheading some of them!

It seems to be something of a slippery line.  I often hear several people questioning, “why are we over there anyway”, or “why do we care what is happening in Iraq”.  Well, first of all, it is a greater problem than initially realized.  What happens over there will affect The U.S., does affect The U.S., at various levels.  There is a major oil supply under Iraq.  Surely, everyone realizes the need to have practically liberal access to oil.  Iraq has a major arsenal supply.  Those weapons do not need to be out of place, out of hand, and wound up in a position to be targeted at us, or anyone else, for that matter!  With the combination of their mass amounts of oil, and their excess military stock, Iraq is NOT someplace to be taken lightly!

I do not know.  This conversation can go on, will go on for a long time.  Pointing fingers at President Obama is not really useful, I do not think, as he did not put our troops into this position.  I would blast W, yet I do recognize that something needed to be done with Saddam Hussein.  However, I do not think that we needed to be engaged in a decades-long battle royal in The Middle East!  I did think, always have thought that it has been about our desire to have a greater access/control of the mass oil supply at that area of the world.  Having allies over enemies makes it easier to get to this much needed substance.  I DO think that Mr. Obama should be making greater efforts to bring our troops HOME FROM THE MIDDLE EAST before his term ends in 2016!

Alright.  That was my evening brain fart.  Iraq and related issues will be on the news for weeks, months to come.  This crap with Rick Perry is highlighting local Texas televisions now, with possible clips catching national attention.  If there is comedy enough in it to last for him to actually lead into some level of trial time, that would be certainly great, at least for the comedy of it!  I would like to find out which other states have had such blatant buffoons as their elected leaders?  Now, what does that say about the state?

animated usa flag

 

SEE THESE SITES!!!

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rick-perry-to-turn-himself-in

http://rt.com/usa/181500-rick-perry-mugshot-indictment-booked

http://www.nytimes.com/…isis-james-foley-syria-execution.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/…/19/syria-isis…beheaded/14306021

http://www.aol.com/…/20/video…beheading-of-us-journali/20949490

http://www.businessinsider.com/james-foley-2014-8

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/world/meast/isis-james-foley/index.html

http:/sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/06/12/texas

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Hello Out There……..????

April 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, science and technology, web gossip)


It’s been a minute!  The blog thing has not exactly been the top of the list of activities.  Yet, there is always so much of interest that deserves discussion, review; someone needs to put it out there for conversational spark!  This one recent topic of interest certainly should get motors revving….

Located some 490 light years away from our beloved Mother Earth exists the world that we have dubbed as Kepler 186f!  As is what is with the norm with N.A.S.A. scientists and collective cohorts, the search for extra-solar planets and alien life progresses.  It seems that a recent burst of luck has fallen upon the researchers, as the discovery of this distant planet is rousing levels of excitement about the possibilities of a world with similarities of life-harboring capacities nearly equivalent to that of our precious Earth!

Kepler 186f is being called “Earth’s cousin”!  The planet is a mere ten percent larger than our world.  It is seemingly special because it just might be able to hold liquid water upon it’s surface.  The world exists in The Goldilocks Zone from it’s host star, Kepler 186 (where things are not too hot and not too cold…).  This makes the planet extra-exclusive because of the premise that the water just might actually be there!  Where there is water, there likely is bound to be life!

We as a species have been wondering since the dawn of our existence as to whether or not we are alone in this universe!  One of the first steps to answering that question likely will be locating another world in the universe that will be capable of sustaining a manner of life as we would understand it.  If indeed Kepler 186f is that world, then a great barrier has been breached!

Indeed, being 490 light years away from us, we are NOT going to get there!  We can send our probes to study this planet for further generations to have details about it.  Hopefully, our successors will have survived us, our Earth will still be in tact, and they can send probes, even people to explore this world!  Dare I suggest the topic of extra-solar exploration, colonization (after we have colonized Mars, Europa, and areas of the outer solar system….)?

Of course, all of this will take years of additional study, planning, financial contribution, political hullabaloo, et cetera.  However, the ultimate goal should be the acknowledgement of the recognition about the existence of other worlds in this universe that do host life!  We can hopefully, finally, get to a fact that Earth is NOT alone!

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/found-first-earth-size-planet-could-support-life-181057158.html

http://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/nasas-kepler-discovers-first-earth-size-planet-in-the-habitable-zone-of-another-star/

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-119

http://nineplanets.org/news/kepler-186f

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/tech/space-earth-size-planet/index.html

 

 

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Apophis and 21st Century Asteroid Attacks!

October 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, human life issues, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)


It has been discussed off and on for the past several years, and as the date (and the rock) approaches, the surrounding information has become more compelling to the observant public.  The space rock designated as 99942 Apophis continues on it’s current course though space, which may bring it into direct collision with Planet Earth!  The continued updates of studies regarding Apophis state that the asteroid will have two near encounters with our world before the middle of this century.  The space rock is supposed to make a near grazing of our world during 2029, with an even closer fly-by during 2036!

Yet, recent news reveals that it is not Apophis which is bringing immediate concern to the scientific and the generally curious communities.  One asteroid has been designated as 2013TV135, and it actually flew by Earth this past Wednesday!  Of course, nothing serious occurred because of it’s fly-by, as the rock drifted by our world at a distance of roughly 4.2 million miles.  This particular space rock is one-fourth of a mile in size.  2013TV135 again will skim past Earth during 2032.  Yet, scientific researchers are cautioning the public not to stress over any potential disaster to come because of this oncoming approach.

2013TV135 is supposed to fly past Earth in nineteen years, yet there is updated information regarding an asteroid that will graze Earth this coming February!  The asteroid named 2012DA14 will approach our planet during this coming February 2014.  It is creating controversy within the scientific and the otherwise curious communities because of it’s potentially perilous proximity to our planet as it flies by.  Discovered by astronomers at La Sagra Observatory, the space rock itself is roughly 150 feet wide, and it already has missed Earth with a potential strike on February 15, 2013.

Upon the approach of 2012DA14, it is alleged to come to a distance of roughly 17, 200 miles of Earth’s surface.  This is closer to Earth than the distance of many orbiting satellites!  It’s possibility to impact Earth have many researchers alluding to the Tunguska event of 1908!  At that impact, an asteroid exploded over Siberia, flattening roughly 500,000 acres of the northern Russian forest area!

The approach of 2013TV135 during 2032 currently is investigated to have little disruption to our planet.  Scientists with N.A.S.A.’s Near-Earth Object Program, along with researchers at Aricebo Observatory, currently are stating that this asteroid has a one in 48,000 chance of impacting Earth during that year.  The researchers do know that the space rock will pass Earth on August 26, 2032 (…mark your calendars now).  It actually was discovered Tuesday prior, October 8, when it nearly grazed Earth at a distance of 4.2 million miles!

All eyes do remain on Apophis!  This asteroid’s potential encounter with Earth during 2029, with it’s second-shot during 2036 have the scientific community, along with others in effort to protect the planet, attempting to make whatever motions are meaningful to prevent any potentially planetary peril due to this space rock.  Some plans are being made currently, almost as if out of the script for the film Armageddon!  N.A.S.A. is concocting “a response strategy” to deal with the possible peril of Apophis by gathering astronauts and scientists to prepare a strategy for warding off this potentially deadly intruder from deep space!

Image: Asteroid

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/18/tech/asteroid-near-pass/index.html?eref=rss_mostpopular

http://educationbulletinboard.com/…/29/asteroid-in-november-2013

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/asteroid-strike-in-2013-is-overhyped-nasa-says

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/nasa-asteroid-coming-close-2032-concern-20613676

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMoJyl1T5Ow

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/asteroid.html

http://www.space.com/19221-asteroid-apophis-earth-safe-2036.html

http://cutedeadguys.net/…Big-Asteroid-Likely-to-hit-Earth-in-2032

http://www.youtube.com/829SPEEDYSurprise

http://www.examiner.com/article/asteroid-2032-newly-discovered-asteroid-misses-earth-but-will-return-2032

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A Possible Water-World Found?

October 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)


We are getting closer!!!  Surely, it might not seem like it, yet we really might be looking at life on an alien world before we know it!  Indeed, that life might be our own!  Would not that be something!

These astronomers, and related scientific researchers have been working tirelessly to find out more and more of the intricacies to the details about all of what is within what we are understanding as outer space.  Currently, it has been a team of astronomers out of Japan who have come up with exciting discoveries regarding studies of an alien solar system that has been of recent scientific fascination.  Telescopic eyes from eastern Asia have been reviewing a potentially habitable world in a Gliese system!

Located roughly 42 light years away, the world Gliese 1214 b is found.  This is practically nearby, in terms of galactic distances.  The system is located within The Ophiuchus Constellation.

Scientists are excited about Gliese 1214 b because it seems highly possible that this world has a hydrogen-filled atmosphere, filled with clouds that could disperse water droplets!  Teams of investigators, including researchers lead by Dr. Michitoshi Yoshida at Hiroshima University of Japan, have been studying observed information about this world.  They have used tools aboard The Subaru Space Telescope, which include The FOCAS Optical Camera, and The Suprime Cam, to capture more detailed images of the distant world.

The planet itself is said to be 2.7 times the diameter of Earth.  It is seven times as massive as our world.  The hydrogen-filled atmosphere alludes to the presence of water!  Scientists indeed want to do further investigations, finding out whether or not water exists merely within the clouds, or if it can be found elsewhere on Gliese 1214 b.  An existence of water would be a bull’s eye for the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life, as water is what is needed ultimately for all that we understand as life!

super-Earth GJ 1214 b

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/exoplanet-gj-1214b-found-by-nasas-hubble-telescope_n_1291375.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2412151/Super-Earth-GJ-1214b-40-light-years-away-rich-water-steamy-atmosphere.html

http://www.space.com/14634-alien-planet-steamy-waterworld-gj1214b.html

http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-super-earth-gliese-1214b-water-rich-atmosphere-01360.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2442025/Super-Earth-Gliese-1214-b-plasma-water-rich-atmosphere.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/super-earth/

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A Brief Recognition of Gold!

August 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM (curious research, environmental issues, human life issues, legal issues, science and technology, terrestrial studies, web gossip)


Gold!  It is not at all something with which we are unfamiliar.  For millennia, humanity has yearned for, relished after, and been wanton with the precious metal for reasons of all imagination. The beauty and the brilliance of it has made gold one of the most prime materials of the planet!

Albeit it likely has been a part of the planetary system since the origins of Earth, gold was discovered relatively recently. During the nineteenth century, within January of 1848, General John A. Sutter lead a group of miners in the mountainous regions of California. He and his team entered this area at Coloma, California. The workers ended up excavating a previously unknown element which turned out to be of extreme value! The miners digging within the caves of these mountains were able to dig out gold from beneath the layers of rock.

The gold that these miners excavated amounted to roughly twenty-three carats. It was a valuable discovery, yet it did not prove to be worthwhile for General Sutter and his workers. They wound up losing the diggings to Mexican people, neighbors, as well as rouge employees! Tough Stuff!!!

Gold is considered to be a precious metal, rated as 79 on The Periodic Table of Elements. It is rated above other precious metals that include silver, platinum, palladium, and rhodium. The only precious metal rated higher than gold currently is iridium, which is 77 on The Periodic Table.

Our Earth is the only place we know of to find solid gold deposits. Most of this is located beneath the continental grounds of Africa, The Americas, and Asia. It is the most precious of the precious metals on the planet, as we currently claim eight. These include gold, along with silver, platinum, palladium, osmium, iridium, rhodium, and ruthenium, all in that order.

Pot of Gold

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/jpmorgan-buy-gold-084720781.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CWZZxVSwRgAbPXQtDMD
http://goldseek.com
http://www.kitco.com
http://goldsilver.com/industrt-news
http://www.mining.com/gold
http://www.goldprice.org
http://science.slashdot.com/story/10/…gold-and-water-on-the-moon

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On the Way Out, Cassini Captures More Cosmic Curiosities of Saturn!

July 29, 2013 at 6:16 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, science and technology, web gossip)


I really get somewhat upset when journalists and semi-scientists post information about so-called “other Earths” having been located in other places throughout the galaxy.  That is not the exact truth.  No other world has yet to be located that is anything akin to our Earth.  Water has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth.  Life has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth.  As these are the main things that classify Earth as Earth, classifying anything else as such is erroneous!

Anyhow.  An article from Yahoo/Reuters gives details about a recent information release from a N.A.S.A. space probe.  Apparently, this particular probe has been on it’s voyage for some time, and it has passed a distance of 900 million miles beyond Saturn.  The probe was able to reverse it’s positioning in order to photograph images of the solar system behind it.  One captivating picture was that of Planet Earth, in the distance!

Scientists working with The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, California are constantly reviewing and studying information that is received from satellites about what is occurring within outer space.  Recent researches are recognizing that our beloved Earth is little more than a dot among countless dots in the night sky, as depicted by Cassini.  The actual image of Earth and her moon take up no more than the space of one pixel!

Renowned scientific researcher Carolyn Porco has stated that the imaging of Earth from this distant vantage “underscores our coming of age as planetary explorers”.  Dr. Porco has directed the Cassini imaging program with The Space Science Institute at Boulder, Colorado.  It is, perhaps, that the images of Cassini from Saturn are giving humanity the necessary boost of enthusiasm for further reviews and attempts at exploring our solar system.  Certainly the magnificence of the images by the Cassini probe are undeniable, and they surely can be taken as catalysts for the next steps in human advancement toward a truly space-faring society.

The reverse images made by Cassini are supposed to have been a rare occurrence!  Space probes within the distant reaches of the solar system do not aim backward, so that their instruments are not damaged by rays from The Sun.  However, Cassini was able to turn around for it’s picturing of Saturn because of the gargantuan gas giant temporarily blocking our star’s powerful beams from the probe’s line of sight.

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://new.yahoo.com/smaller-paler-earth-unveiled-nasa-photo-003621145.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0723/Cassini-Saturn-photo-A-view-of-Earth-from-900-million-miles-away

http://news.yahoo.com/…cassini…picture-saturn-144133480.html

http://www.nasa.gov/…/2013/jun/HQ_13–187_Cassini_Earth_Photo.html

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2011-326

http://www.spaceref.com/news/views.html?pid=44425

Saturn

 

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The Wolverine Is A WOW!

July 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM (comic book characters, curious research, current news, human life issues, late night studies, movie reviews, music and entertainment, public debate, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)


Like so many X-Men fanatics, I had been eagerly anticipating my chance to see the film The Wolverine!  I was glad when the day arrived for which I had made plans to be at my regular theater to view the film, and I saw that I was not alone in my eagerness for this adventure.  This recent release to the Marvel Comics franchise certainly stabbed at entries of expectation!

The movie begins with a pre-adamantium Logan (Hugh Jackman) in Japan, during World War II.  He is at Hiroshima at the time of the dropping of the atomic bomb.  Logan is in an area where he suffers the effects of the blast, as we see his flesh boiled from his body, yet regenerated time and time again due to his mutant healing capacity.

He escapes the area of the blast, getting to a place where he can rest.  During this time, he imagines Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen), and the images become frightening.  Logan leaves, walking into the woods, then to a gas station.  He sees men at this gas station who have a dead bear on their vehicle, and this bear was friendly to Logan while he was in the woods.  An altercation ensues, a Logan asks about the killed bear, the men get snide with him, and one man even strikes at Logan!

An altercation breaks out, yet Logan sees a girl.  He is hit, but he breaks free from the fight, getting away with the girl.  She is identified as Ariyako, and she means to give Logan a sword from Master Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi).  He also wants Logan to fly to Japan, yet Logan does not want to go.  Ariyako ends up convincing Logan to take the trip to Japan.

They arrive in the eastern nation, getting to the residence of Master Yashida.  Logan still is ragged from previous fights, so he is taken to be cleaned by caretakers within Yashida’s home.  Once refreshed, he is taken to a lab, where a doctor offers Logan the chance to be freed of his seeming immortality.  This doctor wants Logan’s power in order to protect his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamato) from attacking Yakuza gangsters!

Logan again finds himself dreaming of Jean.  He is interrupted by the leader of a Japanese fighting group with which he had prior affiliations.  This person thought that Logan was dead.  However, Logan and this man go on to attend the funeral of Master Yashida.  The ceremony is interrupted, and gunfire erupts!  Another mutant attacks Logan, as Yakuza attempt to get hold of Mariko.  As some Yakuza run away, Logan is stabbed by sword through his abdomen, yet he chases his attackers!  Mariko has been separated from him.

Mariko gets onto a speeding train, as Logan follows her, with Yakuza trailing them!  Logan remains injured, yet he moves through the cars of the train, followed by sword-wielding attackers.  He and Mariko both are chased and attacked, as a fight ensues through the cars, with Logan stabbing Yakuza as the train took them to a stop at a hotel station.  There, both of them got out, checking into a room overnight.

Logan acts as a sentry outside while Mariko sleeps that night.  He has images of Jean, and he collapses from being hurt during the prior fight with the Yakuza.  He wakes up to see that his healing capacity remains lost, yet he has been stitched by a worker of the motel in which they have been resting, who happens to be a veterinarian!  Yet, the villains Harada and Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) have connected, and Viper now is after Logan and Mariko!

Once they have reached Nagasaki, Logan and Mariko are growing fond of one another.  He tells her of his past, as she has images of Logan dying.  Mariko wants to tell Logan about these visions, yet she does not get the chance to do so.  Mariko is caught, surprisingly by a kidnapper who was ordered to do so by her own father!

Later, Shingen tells the other members of Yashida Corporation that Mariko has departed the business empire.  He means to kill her when his Black Ninjas arrive with Viper!  However, Harada saves Mariko, as Viper poisons Shingen!

Logan gets to Yashida Corporation headquarters, where he gets hold of medical tools to remove the parasite that has been responsible for the attempted elimination of his mutant powers.  He later fights Shingen, who is in the midst of trying to kill Yukio.  He kills Shingen, then goes with Yukio to go after Harada and Viper.  As they reach a research center where the enemies are at, Logan is attacked and caught by Harada!

Viper has Logan put into a machine that can remove his capacity for immortality.  She lets him meet Silver Samurai, who was a super-heated, Adamantium sword!  Yet, Mariko gets free to assist Logan, breaking Silver Samurai’s sword!  Harada has a change of heart while in battle, opting to help Logan to escape, yet he gets killed by Silver Samurai.  Yukio overcomes Viper by hanging her!

Logan gets into a death fight with Silver Samurai!  He ends up having his Adamantium claws cut off, and his powers of immortality being taken away from him.  Silver Samurai then shows himself to be Yashida, having faked his death all along.  Yet, Mariko steps in, stabbing Yashida with Logan’s cut-off claws, and letting Logan toss Yashida over a cliff!  As Logan passes out unconscious, he hallucinates of Jean Grey, seeming to move beyond her dying.  Mariko does go onto become the C.E.O. of Yashida  Corporation, while Yukio remains with Logan as his bodyguard, as they travel to locations yet to be revealed!

After the credits, we see that Logan returns to The U.S. two years later, and he is approached by Magneto (Sir Ian McKellan)!  The lord of magnetism allegedly needs The Wolverine’s assistance with combating a new threat against mutants that means to attempt total mutant extermination!  As Logan questions why he should trust Magneto, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) arrives!  As Logan asks how it is that Charles is alive, The Professor pointedly reminds him that he is not the only one with gifts!  MORE IS TO COME!!!!

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Of course, more films always are around the way!  Next week has Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in 2 Guns!  More of August is exciting with other eagerly-awaited films!  These include Afternoon Delight, The Butler, Elysium, Kick Ass 2, and The Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones!

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Recognizing and Reviving The Great Barrier Reef!

July 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM (animal activism, climate studies, curious research, current news, environmental issues, historic review, human life issues, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, terrestrial studies, web gossip)


It is like we just are not getting the general message.  Planet Earth is NOT ours to do with in any manner that we please!  It may seem that way, to the buffoons that do not know any better, yet the consequences will rebound!  It might not be right now, yet our grandchildren, or perhaps their grandchildren, will have to suffer through what we are creating.

One of the latest incidences of human insanity is what occurred off of the Australian coast last week.  The United States Marines and Navy were having joint military training exercises in conjunction with military forces from Australia.  It was a training event held every two years, called Talisman Saber.  This exercise combines a total of 28,000 troops from Australia and The U.S. for a three-week combat training program.

At some point during the training last week, two U.S. AV-8B Harrier fighter jets were launched from The U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard to participate in fighter exercises.  Both jets fired nullified bombs, including one laser-guided explosive, into the waters off of Australia’s northwestern coast.  The bombs did not explode, and they were said to have been dropped into the ocean waters over 164 feet away from The Great Barrier Reef, as so “to minimalize possible damage”.

Well, there is outrage to this action!  Any damage, minimal, or otherwise, is outrageous!  Albeit we are the self-proclaimed dominant species of Earth (no one else has yet to challenge us…), we must recognize that designation comes with the responsibility of maintaining and protecting this planet.  Something so precious and pristine as The Great Barrier Reef needs to be nurtured regularly, I stumble to say even fortified.  We can NOT continue to disregard it blithely, as if it will be there forever, littering within it, destroying it’s plant and animal life, ruining it’s surrounding waters, and just generally shitting upon it with broad smiles! NO, damn it!

Senator Larissa Waters of Australia’s Green Party, has spoken on the recent dumping at The Great Barrier Reef.  Senator Waters has called the dumping outrageous, as she asked The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “have we gone completely mad”?  The Australian politician stands firmly against forces of other nations dropping bombs into the waters off of her nation’s coasts, especially in the face of destroying wildlife.

It almost seems as if the message is not getting out.  Every other day, there is a new message about something new that is happening harmful to some portion of our planet.   Not enough people care because nothing is happening to cut us in our faces actually and directly for us to take notice, then to take meaningful action!  When it is too late, it will be too late, yet we can do more to save things before it reaches that fateful point!

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57594730/u.s-drops-bombs-on-australias-great-barrier-reef-marine-park/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/21/world/asia/australia-reef-u-s-bombs/index.html?eref=rss_mostpopular

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0721/US-Navy-drops-four-unarmed-bombs-on-Great-Barrier-Reef

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/parks-and-nature-places/oceans/oceans-barrier-reef/

http://greatbarrierreef.org

http://www.wwf.org.au/…/priority_ocean_places/great_barrier_reef

http://www.getup.org.au/…/great-barrier-reef/save-the-reef

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2044585,00.html

http://www.savethereef.net.au

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