Hamas claims to have busted an Israeli spying Dolphine

first_imgspying Dolphine”A spy Dolphin” that is what Hamas fighters in Gaza have called it. A Dolphin alleged to have been caught by the Hamas group spying for Israelis in GazaThe group claimes that it has seized a Dolphin that was spying for Israel off the coast of Gaza.Naval commandos found several “spying devices and surveillance cameras” strapped to the mammal, according to Safa, a Palestinian news agency that is close to Hamas.“It is likely that the dolphin was important for photographing and spying on the frogmen [Palestinian divers whom Israel fears are allegedly planning on infiltrating the country to commit an attack],” the group said in a statement.It is not known what has happened to the Dolphin, and no photographs have been released to support the claim.The dolphin joins a long list of animals allegedly pressed into service by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, according to a number of Arab governments.In one such example, vultures were detained in both Saudi Arabia and Sudan on suspicion of espionage. Israel said the birds were tagged with GPS chips and Hebrew leg bracelets as part of a university program to track their migration.A fisherman in Egypt meanwhile, caught a stork two years ago when he noticed a suspicious metal object strapped to its back and suspected it was a spy. In 2013, Egyptian police nabbed a bird outside of Cairo with microfilm supposedly tied to its leg. The bird was ultimately cleared of all charges and released.Some claims have been more outlandish still. In 2010, Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, the governor of South Sinai, accused Mossad of using remote-control sharks to attack tourists and jeopardise the country.Dolphins, the subject of the latest scare, are among the smartest members of the animal kingdom and the US military has used them as naval minesweepers in the past.There is little evidence that Israel has deployed them, though it does maintain a fleet of German-built submarines known as Dolphins.Mossad has long been considered the Middle East’s most effective intelligence service, and has been the subject of endless bizarre rumours.A popular story in the 1990s accused the agency of distributing a tainted chewing gum that gave Palestinian women irrepressible sexual appetites while also sterilising them.An Iranian newspaper reported in 2008 that a pigeon was found near the Natanz nuclear facility with “invisible strings”. Authorities did not, crucially, explain how they managed to see the invisible threads.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 27, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Monday, June 27, 2016•9:00 a.m. Amy M. Roths, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.•11 a.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 500 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•12:55 p.m. Officers investigated an identity theft in the 1200 block N. A, Wellington.•1:30 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a cell phone by a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•1:39 p.m. Jessica B. Burnett, 39, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated indecent liberties with a child.•2:55 p.m. Timothy G. Sparr,  49, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone.•3 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the Wellington which occurred June 16, 2016).       •3:10 p.m. Ryan M. Jarvis, 19, Arkansas City was issued a notice to appear for speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone.•3:39 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a residence by a known suspect in the 600 block S. Fair, Wellington.•4:47 p.m. Jesse L. Reyes, 26, Norman, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 56 mph in a 40 mph zone.•5:50 p.m. Glenda E. Fristoe, 38, Mayfield, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 45 mph in a 30 mph zone.last_img read more

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Major Cosmic Questions Remain Unanswered

first_imgSome basic ideas about physics and astronomy remain so mysterious, and their explanations so flexible, they may lead some to question whether they should be called “hard sciences.”It’s about time:  Most of us take time for granted and wish we had more of it.  Why, then, is it controversial for a physicist to claim that time is real?  Live Science describes the ideas of Lee Smolin, who “controversially” claims that time is not an illusion, but a fundamental aspect of the universe.  The question opens up a “meta-law dilemma” about whether laws of nature are inside or outside of time.  If outside, Smolin argues, they have no meaning.  The question also bears heavily on the nature of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and why it presents an asymmetrical “arrow of time.”  In his article for New Scientist, Smolin said, “It might be a funny thing to say, but the idea that time is real requires a radical departure from the standard paradigm of physics.”  Nature reviewed Smolin’s new book, Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe.Theory of massive star formation encounters surprise:  Science Daily reported that astrophysicists were surprised when a massive star disobeyed theory.Standard candle isn’t:  PhysOrg reported the possibility that gravitational lenses could make Type 1a supernovae, the leading cosmic distance indicators, much brighter than they are.  The implications of this realization for estimating the size and age of the universe were not explored.The antimatter puzzle:  The BBC News, Live Science and Science Daily all reported that the Large Hadron Collider may have found a case of matter-antimatter asymmetry for a particular form of matter (the Bs meson) and its antiparticle.  It’s not enough to explain the predominance of matter in our universe though.  Jason Palmer at the BBC writes, “but puzzle abides.”  Science Daily quoted the physicists saying that the observed asymmetry is “too small to account for the matter-dominated Universe.”Grand finale came first:  Another observation supports the surprising finding that the universe underwent extraordinary periods of star formation in its infancy (01/08/2002, 09/21/2005, 04/02/2009, 12/17/2010). Big bang theory posits that the universe began in a highly smooth state, but Science Daily wrote, “Astronomers using a world-wide collection of telescopes have discovered the most prolific star factory in the Universe, surprisingly in a galaxy so distant that they see as it was when the Universe was only six percent of its current age.” Another example, “a dust-obscured massive maximum-starburst galaxy at a redshift of 6.34,” was reported by Nature: “it seems that environments mature enough to form the most massive, intense starbursts existed at least as early as 880 million years after the Big Bang.”Dark matter moment of truth:  Science Magazine stated that the “dark matter mystery” is nearing its “moment of truth.”  Dark matter is supposed to be much more plentiful than visible matter, according to leading theory, but has eluded all detection.  One team thinking it has a potential detection of WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles, a theoretical kind of dark matter) is not ready to announce it.  Others are urging caution because of other falsified claims in the past.Higgs vs inflation:  Nature reported that the properties of the newly-discovered Higgs boson “could spell trouble for leading Big Bang theory.”  Astronomer Paul Steinhart believes data from the Planck telescope “introduce new, serious difficulties” for the popular hypothesis that the universe underwent exponential expansion in the first fraction of a second after the big bang.A simple, ignored question:  Back in January, in Live Science, Joel Shurkin asked, “Where did the universe’s magnetism come from?”  That question is rarely addressed.  The big bang would have begun with no magnetism, he says: “In the beginning there was no magnetism.”  Today, though, it is one of the most powerful forces in stars and galaxies.  Any incipient fields after the big bang should have cancelled each other out.  Shurkin entertained a theory by one German physicist, Reinhard Schlickeiser, who thinks it began very weak until iron evolved in stars, then current flows magnified it.  “You have to have something to start from,” his partner said, but that begs the question of where the something came from.Inconstant speed of light:  It’s not just creationists who put forth the idea that the speed of light is not constant.  Live Science entertained ideas from two physicist teams who propose it, even though their estimates of the amount of change are slight.  Still, it shows that fundamental ideas unquestioned since Einstein can still be questioned.Hubris nonetheless:  Given the amount of mystery remaining in physics and cosmology about the most basic questions, it seems blatantly hubristic for Stephen Hawking to continue claiming that “the big bang didn’t need God,” as Space.com reported.  He’s assuming there even was a big bang.  On April 16, long lines waited to hear him at Caltech mock God and religion.  He even fancies himself a prophet.  He said, “I don’t think we will survive another thousand years without escaping our fragile planet.”  Fortunately for him, he won’t have to face accusers in the year 3013.Never confuse the observable, repeatable, testable science that gives us cell phones with the unverifiable speculation emerging from the mouths and keyboards of secular scientists who don’t know what they’re talking about, who keep making theoretical claims that get falsified by new observations, and who intrude into metaphysical questions they are not philosophically prepared to approach.  Their only qualification lies in the sophistication of their ignorance. 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10 months agoSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man City

first_imgSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke coach Dominico Tedesco recognises they’re “outsiders” against Champions League opponents Manchester City.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Tedesco, 33, stated: “We are looking forward to the games against Manchester City. “A really attractive opponent for us and our fans. We are outsiders, but will go into the duel without fear. “Anyway, we’ll cut everything out, maybe to bring a surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Photo: El Paso Newspaper Mistakenly Calls Washington State “Huskies”

first_imgWashington State mistakenly called the Huskies in newspaper article.Wazzu HuskiesWashington State capped off a bounce-back season with a 20-14 win over Miami in the Sun Bowl on Saturday. Apparently, however, the win wasn’t enough to earn respect from the local media. This morning’s El Paso Times headline about the game featured a colossal error: it referred to Wazzu as the “Huskies” instead of the Cougars.Take a step forward if you can report the correct team names in your local bowl. Not so fast @elpasotimes #gocougs pic.twitter.com/YLZ6LalYZM— Jeff (@saomonella) December 27, 2015Of course, the Huskies are Washington, Wazzu’s top rival. So not only did Washington win the Apple Cup over the Cougars by 35 points, they stole a newspaper headline from them.Ouch.[ CougCenter.com ]last_img

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Video: Here Is Your First Look At Cardale Jones In A Full Buffalo Bills Uniform

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Today is the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, which gives fans the opportunity to see recent draftees in their new uniforms for the first time ever.Here’s a look at former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, a fourth-round selection of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills haven’t had a long-term solution at quarterback since the Jim Kelly era. It may take Jones some time to acclimate himself to the professional level, but Rex Ryan and company are hoping he can eventually prove himself worthy of being a starter.last_img

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