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Flying robots over Eiffel tower, Buckingham Palace, JFK Airport, landing at German Chancellor Merkel's feet, on White House lawn

2015 CeBIT technology event in Germany showcases remote-controlled and autonomous drones, some fitted with cameras and sensors

a drone flew within feet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister, hovering briefly before crashing at Merkel's feet

2015: drone flights over Eiffel Tower, Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, and crashed onto White House lawn

flying drone got attention of airline pilot on final approach to New York JFK Airport

*update* 05Aug2014
TorontoStar - A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio. It contained almost 7 grams of heroin, over 57 grams of marijuana and more than 140 grams of tobacco, JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told the Mansfield News Journal.


25 Feb 2015 - Second night of mysterious drone flights over Paris - The Eiffel Tower, site of drone flights on Monday and Tuesday nights  read more »

Nobility. Leave behind a better world: 8th Duke of Wellington, WWii hero, in 40 years planted more than one million trees

"Leave this world a little better than you found it." - Robert Baden-Powell


The 8th Duke of Wellington, who has died aged 99, led a level-headed and responsible life. He earned a Military Cross in the Second World War - a distinguished soldier who kept a judicious eye on the legacy of his ancestor, the victor of Waterloo.

Arthur Valerian Wellesley was born in Rome on July 2 1915, the centenary year of his great-great-grandfather’s victory over the French. His father was Lord Gerald Wellesley, the third son of the 4th Duke, an author and diplomat who later qualified as an architect and succeeded as the 7th Duke in 1943. Valerian’s mother was Dottie Ashton, a wealthy industrialist’s daughter and poet who married her husband in 1914 and published a volume of letters from the poet WB Yeats and another containing her letters to him after his death.

His father sent him to read History and Languages at New College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Bullingdon Club; at the same time he enjoyed London society, dancing with suitable girls at grand balls and less suitable ones in subterranean nightclubs. As a result he failed his finals and was sent to a London crammer, run by an attractive widow, and then to France to learn French. He was commissioned into the Royal Horse Guards, which taught him sword, lance and revolver drill, tent pegging and other cavalry exercises.  read more »

Manner vs. Matter - Mark Twain on American humor, English comedy, and French wit

The humorous story is American, the comic story is English, the witty story is French. The humorous story depends for its effect upon the manner of the telling; the comic story and the witty story upon the matter.

— Mark Twain

From Denmark court, UK court, Dutch lottery notion, Costa Rica coast to high seas: Life of Ocean, Cetaceans in Sea

Across 10,260 nautical miles, 110 days aquatic pursuit ends. Sam Simon rescued 40 crew of Interpol-wanted poaching vessel Thunder

the reading of the UK Supreme Court’s decision:

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Costa Rica and Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Association launch Operation Pacuare: saved 4,737 turtle eggs between April and October

masked officer onboard Interpol-wanted poacher vessel Thunder throws chain, orange flare at Sea Shepherd small messenger boat

Operation Icefish

"Real Men Don't Whale": Clive Standen, star of History Channel's "Vikings" speaks out against the continued barbaric slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands.

Sea Shepherd welcomed by giant ocean creature: mola mola, world’s biggest bony fish at about 5,000 pounds

*update 06 March 2015 *  read more »

Be tall to be there: Boston covered by 6-feet snow; 60000 tons of salt dumped onto roads; NY, Vermont help dig Massachusetts out

boston buried under snow


*update* 2015/02/10
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans: "I hope it snows every day!" Homicides and other major crimes in the city have dropped by a whopping 34 percent so far this year, compared with the same period last year. Vehicle theft decreased by 46 percent, larceny by 35 percent, and burglaries by 32 percent, according to data provided by the Boston Police Department.
'murder-free' record New York City has gone 11 days without a homicide, its longest stretch without any on modern record, the New York Police Department said Friday. The record was broken midnight Thursday. It was the 11th full day without a reported homicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton hushed talk of the streak Friday on "CBS This Morning." "Shh ... we don't want to jinx it," Bratton told host Charlie Rose. "We're into our 12th day now, Charlie. Eleven is a record and let's keep it going."

What Should Boston Do With All That Snow? Desperate for snow-disposal solutions, Boston has asked the public for ideas  read more »

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