Posted: August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Team Building Activities

Driving traffic to your blog is always a top priority, but how do you convert those visitors to loyal readers, who are so interested in your blog that they choose to subscribe to it? Let’s face it, if a blog’s content appears in a person’s feed reader everyday, then that person is highly likely to click through and visit that blog to read more. Every blogger wants to see the number of subscribers to his or her blog grow. Follow these five simple tips to increase the number of RSS subscribers to your blog’s feed.

1. Write Great Content

No one will want to return to your blog if your content is updated sporadically or has nothing original to say. Keep your blog’s content fresh and establish a tone for your blog, then stick to it. Readers want to feel connected to you. Blogging is a two-way conversation, so inject some personality into your content, provide valuable and meaningful content to your readers and develop a conversation with your readers. Blog’s that can achieve those goals are ones that will find loyal readers who are likely to subscribe to that blog’s feed.

2. Make It Easy to Subscribe

You’ve got great content, now you need to make it as easy as possible for readers to subscribe to your blog’s feed. Make sure your subscription link is positioned in a highly visible location on every page in your blog. The top of the page is a great place for your subscription icon. You may also want to put a subscription link between your blog posts.

3. Ask Readers to Subscribe

It’s not too aggressive to ask readers to subscribe. Sometimes a gentle reminder is all it takes to encourage someone to subscribe to your blog. Consider including a request at the end of your best blog posts saying, “If you enjoyed this post, why not subscribe to my feed?” Of course, include a link to your feed subscription page to make it as easy as possible for your readers to act on your reminder.

4. Offer a Freebie to Subscribers

A great way to increase the number of subscribers to your blog is to offer subscribers something extra such as a free gift or additional information that could be helpful to them. For example, you may want to send subscribers a free ebook that provides additional information about your blog’s topic or a free newsletter. You could also send a free gift that’s tied to your blog’s topic. The key is to offer a freebie that is meaningful and useful to your readers and provides added value to their experiences on your blog.

5. Promote Your Blog’s Popularity by Showing the Number of Subscribers

Once your blog starts to generate some decent traffic and subscribers, you should promote that success to your readers. For example, if your blog has over 100 subscribers, show that figure on your blog (Feedburner provides code to do this automatically). Whatever number seems significant to you, once you reach that number of subscribers, start to advertise your popularity by displaying it on your blog. Casual visitors are likely to see that number and say, “If 500 other people think this blog is good enough to subscribe to, then it must be good. I better subscribe, too.”

The 10 Next Hot Skyscrapers You Won’t Find in Dubai

When it comes to tall buildings, all eyes are on the Burj Dubai. That’s because this month it became the tallest structure in the world—and it’s not even done yet. But across the world architects have already come up with mega engineering plans vying to be equally mind-blowing. From shortest to tallest, here are our favorite 10 favorite skyscrapers under construction whose radical designs and eco-friendly architecture make up for a lack of height.

By Kevin Hall

The Bow

Where: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Designer: Foster + Partners
Height: 774 feet
Floors: 58
Estimated Completion:2011The Bow gets its name from the tower’s unique, curving shape. When it’s completed it will be Calgary’s first steel skyscraper, which means it’ll use significantly less material, as a steel frame does away with the need for a multitude of weaker supports built into load-bearing walls. It will also be Calgary’s tallest building, and the green-minded team at Fosters and Partners built it to be environmentally sustainable. Three sky lobbies spaced about 18 floors apart divide it into three zones for business, shopping and leisure, and a southward atrium spans the entirety of the Bow’s facade, which will expose the inside to plenty of sun and help warm it during Canadian winters. Energy is also saved by the amount of light the Bow’s heavily-windowed structure lets in, meaning more natural illumination and less of the artificial stuff.

9. Beekman Tower

Where: New York
Designer: Frank Gehry
Height: 867 feet
Floors: 76
Estimated Completion:2011The Beekman Tower looks astonishingly mundane next to some of Frank Gehry’s signature creations (just take a gander at his warped—and awesome—Dancing Housein Prague). That is until you notice the little details. The Beekman Tower’s stainless-steel surface ripples in a pleasant way thanks to the cascading layers of its staggered units. The curving of the exterior will make for irregular floors, and no two if its stories will be exactly the same.Its facade is not its only charming quirk: It’s being built upon a 6-story, brick public school that’ll offer Pre-K through the 8th grade. The tower itself will house retail space, offices for the nearby New York Downtown Hospital and plenty of apartments of different sizes. Things are more staid inside, though. While Gehry designed the building’s exterior, he didn’t touch the interiors: “I don’t like architecture that intrudes on lifestyle,” Gehry told The Real Deal. “The generation of architects] before me used to design everything, and I don’t like that.”

8. Tower Verre (53 W. 53rd)

Where: New York Designer: Jean Nouvel
Height: 1,155 feet
Floors: 75
Estimated Completion:2012When the Tower Verre was first proposed, it faced considerable opposition from Manhattanitesbecause of its radical, angular design and the fact that it’d top the height of the 1046-foot-tall Chrysler Building. The Hines real estate firm has since gained approval for the building’s air rights and construction on the steel-and-glass monolith is slated to begin next year.When complete, the skyscraper will include gallery space that will serve as an expansion to New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, with luxury apartments and hotel rooms on its uppermost floors. With the building’s diamond-sharp twin spires, some argue that it will serve as an addition to the MoMA’s collection as well.

7. Sinosteel International Plaza

Where: Tianjing, China
Designer: MAD
Height: 1,174 feet
Floors: N/A
Estimated Completion:2012What may look likea sick joke to reinforce the image of office workers as “busy bees” is actually the Sinosteel International Plaza’s coolest feature. It’s honeycomb exterior serves it in two key ways: As its load-bearing structure, and to help regulate the amount of light and heat enters the building. By using an alternating pattern of five different-size hexagonal windows, the Plaza’s rooms will get plenty of sun while maintaining a comfortable temperature with less need for cooling in the summer and not as much heat loss in the winter. Alleviating the strain of cooling and heating a building several hundred feet tall will lower the building’s energy costs significantly. Also, since the honeycomb structure acts as the building’s support, that means there’s no need for extensive internal infrastructure, giving more floor space over to other uses.The Sinosteel International Plaza will be built next to a 288-foot-tall residential complex that utilizes the same honeycomb exterior.

6. Al Hamra Tower

Where: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Designer: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Height: 1,352 feet
Floors: 77 (and 3 floors underground)
Estimated Completion:2009Anyone whose office hasa window in the Al Hamra Tower will have a room with a view: The tower looks out over the whole of Kuwait City, as well as the Arabian Gulf. Looking at the tower from the outside will also offer quite the sight, as it’s curving, veil-like “carved” shape is unlike any other skyscraper in its height range.The Al Hamra Tower comes from a fine pedigree, as it’s designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the architecture firm behind the Burj Dubai. It’ll serve the city as an office building, accompanied by a five-story shopping plaza at its base with an 11-story parking garage that bridges to both the mall and tower. Just like the Bow, Al Hamra Tower is split into three zones by sky lobbies. When it’s done, it’ll be the tallest building in Kuwait City.

5. Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower

Where: Guangzhou, China Designer: Information Based Architecture
Height: 1,489 feet (2,001 feet measured by its needle)
Floors: 37 (and 2 floors underground)
Estimated Completion:2009The Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower arrives hot on the heels of China’s Birds Nest, recently completed for the 2008 Olympic Games. Measured from its base to its needle, which juts out over 500 ft. above the structure’s roof, the tower will stand an estimated 2001 ft. That’ll make it the third tallest structure in the world, trailing behind the Burj Dubai and the KVLY-TV transmitting mastin Blanchard, North Dakota.The Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower is a hyperboloid structure, meaning it draws its structural integrity from its shape, as an arch of an aqueduct or bridge does. At both its waist and the roof are open-air observation decks, and its scant 37 floors will be packed with revolving restaurants, art spaces, conferences halls, shops, a movie theater and, as its name suggests, broadcasting facilities.

4. International Commerce Centre

Where: West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Height: 1,608 feet
Floors: 118
Estimated Completion:2010How do you know your skyscraper is tall? When you have to shorten it because it violates regulations that don’t permit towers to be taller than surrounding mountains. That’s what happened to the International Commerce Centre: It was originally proposed to stand nearly 1900 ft., but had to be trimmed down to 1608 ft. to fall within regulations. It’ll still be the tallest building in Hong Kong when it’s complete, though not in all of China.A full shopping mall inside the tower’s basement is already in use. When the rest of the tower is done, it will house space for offices and hotel rooms. And not just any hotel: The Ritz-Carlton will have its entry lobby at 1400 ft. above the ground, making it the highest hotel in the world.

3. Federation Tower

Where: Moscow, Russia
Designer: NPS Tchoban Voss
Height: 1,660 feet
Floors: 93
Estimated Completion:2009The Federation Tower’sdistinct look is fashioned after the sails of a ship, and it’s actually two towers, the 1660-foot East Tower and 795-foot-tall West, connected by several walkways. The taller East tower will be for offices, while the western one will be a hotel and apartments, both topped with 360-degree observation decks.The building stands less than two and half miles away from the Kremlin, and when it’s done it’ll be the tallest building in all of Europe.

2. Chicago Spire

Where: Chicago, Illinois
Designer: Santiago Calatrava
Height: 2,000 feet
Floors: 150
Estimated Completion:2012Chicago’s 1730-foot-tall Sears Towerhas enjoyed the title of tallest building in all of North America since 1973. It’ll lose that title by 300 ft. with the completion of the twisty, turny, environmentally sustainable Chicago Spire.Architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the 2004 Olympic Games complex in Athens and the Turning Torso Tower in Sweden, is going for gold in Chicago:The gold of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification that measures green design. To nail its targeted “gold”, the Spire has an impressive list of Mother Nature-­approved features: recycled rainwater to care for the landscaping, river water to help cool the building, a storage area for hundreds of bicycles, special glass to ward off migrating birds, planned park spaces and an underground parking structure that’ll help save energy because it won’t have to be air-conditioned.

The Spire’s elegant, 2.44-degree twist rotates the building’s facade a full 360 degrees, making what could have looked very odd come off as entirely natural.

1. Shanghai Tower

Where: Shanghai, China
Designer: Gensler
Height: 2,073 feet
Floors: 127
Estimated Completion:2013The Shanghai Tower(formerly known as the Shanghai Center) is in good company. It’s being built next to the 1615-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Center that, as of the publication of this article, is the second tallest completed skyscraper in the world, falling in line behind Taiwan’s 1670-foot-tall Taipei 101. The Tower is also right next to the Jin Mao Building, which is the fifth tallest in the world at 1381 ft. in height. At 2073 ft., the Shanghai Tower will top all three—not so bad for a plot of land that used to be a golf course.The Tower and its two sister buildings are all part of the Lujiazui financial district of Pudong, the plans for which have been in the works since 1993. Following Gensler’s winning design, it’ll borrow some aesthetic qualities from the World Financial Center, though with a twist—literally. Like the Chicago Spire, the Centre features a turning facade, with the top of the building facing clockwise 90 degrees in relation to its base.

With so many impressive skyscrapers underway, China is shaping up to be the Dubai of the future. Or the next Isengard: See a resemblance?

The Top 10 Coolest Cars with Pictures:

1. Ferrari FF

0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds. 660 hp. Cost: $700,000.

Drive carefully. This is a supercar on ice. You can’t get cooler than this. This is the car that you want to be the first guy driving, not the second. Imagine driving across a snow bank in the Alps with the fresh, icy wind in your face. I would trade anything and everything (not really) for this all-wheel-drive Ferrari. I’m going to say that this car doesn’t even look perfectly beautiful. In fact, that is why I love it: it doesn’t really care what you think and still give you the kind of performance only experienced by kings. Heck, it will mock every idea you had about what makes a car powerful. P.S. The computer system on the FF can vector its torque and braking pressure depending on tire grip conditions. AWESOME for driving to your winter home in Aspen.


2. Spyker C12 Zagato

0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds. 500-650 horsepower. Cost: $648,000.

The C12 Zagato was designed with F1 styles into its highly ornate body. The Zagato is powered by an engine with 500bhp and can go up to 650bhp with a supercharger. It is a mad house. Despite being priced at $648,000, its raw coolness quotient comes from unmatched aesthetics and power. The C12 Zagato is a cool car fit with skill, beauty, and passion. It is the car you want to take your lover or spouse out on a date with.



3. Jaguar XKR-S

0-60 mph: 4.2 seconds. 550 horsepower. Cost: $132,000.

At first the XKR-S does not look like much with its inconspicuous style. But seeing it in action can make it grow on you. The styling of the XKR-S was never about looks: it’s all about performance. This car pounces like a beast with an AJ V8 power-plant fitted with a twin-vortex Roots supercharger that altogether pack 550 hp, 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph. Did I mention that this car comes only in Italian racing red and French racing blue? That’s all you need really. The architecture of the XKR-S is all about perfect geometry and aerodynamics—it doesn’t get much cooler than that. Expect to drop $132,000 for this beast.


4. Audi R8

0-60 mph: 3.6 seconds. 525 horsepower. Cost: $114,200.

The Audi R8 sports 525 womping horses that wail at 8700 RPMs. The body styling is very stealthy and doesn’t scream “look at me!” yet turns as many, if not more, heads and plenty of stares and possibly picture-snapping, too. The pricing is steep at $114,200, although you do get what you pay with this car.


5. Aston Martin One-77

0-60 mph: 3.4 seconds. 750 horsepower. Cost: $1,850,000.

Aston Martin was named the coolest car company in the U.K. It is the brand of choice for James Bond. And what I’m going to say is the One-77 is the coolest Aston Martin. Its style is of excellent workmanship that bleeds cool. The One-77 will do 0-60 in less than 3.5 seconds with top speeds higher than 200 mph. Depending on when you are reading this, the price of the One-77 can be at least $1.85 million.


6. Pagani Huayra

0-60 mph: 3.0 seconds. 700 horsepower. Cost: $1,300,000.

This car lacks all that is old world charm. While it can be a bit too flashy to actually be supercool, it is still a new kind of beauty, with a radical design and awesome performance. This Pagani can hit 0-60 in three seconds, with a top speed of 220. It will be in the market at $1.3 million dollars, not all of us will be able to afford one. Ultimately, its novelty and uniqueness makes it the new kid that everyone wants to meet.


7. Dodge Viper

0-60 mph: 3.6 seconds. 600 horsepower. Cost: $92,705.

A classic American muscle car. This was the car to have if you wanted to be cool. This car was never one that was based on anything else. It is very self-satisfied. It can do 0-60 in 3.4 seconds with a topspeed of 202 mph. What is special about the Viper is that it is never about comfort or luxury. Most cars in its price range around $92,000 cannot compete with it.


8. Chevrolet Corvette

0-60 mph: 3.4-4.2 seconds. 430-638 horsepower. Cost: $49,000-$111,000.

Another classic American icon. It is the everyday supercar. In comparison to the Viper, I think the Corvette packs more power and style for the buck. A Corvette will cost anywhere between $49,000 and $111,000.


9. Lamborghini Murcielago

0-60 mph: 3.3 seconds. 661 horsepower. Cost: $330,000 – 455,000.

The flagship supercar of Lamborghini. It is made as the most popular car posters, hung on the walls of many young people. This car was named after a fighting bull that best 28 sword strokes. The beastly name leaves a legacy for this car that makes anyone who owns it supercool. The Murcielago costs between $360,000 and $455,000. It’s a bit overplayed and try-hard, hence it sits at #9.


10. Ford Mustang

0-60 mph: 4.0-5.1 seconds. 305-650 horsepower. Cost: $22,000 – $53,000.

The most affordable sports car. This is the classic American cool car. The newest model sports 305 hp and 30 mpg. The Mustang is fun, fast, and gas efficient for a muscle car that can be had for $22,000 – $53,000.

8 Most Disturbing Body Parts after Plastic Surgery

Published on 7/26/2012 under Strange People – by Grace Murano – 379,938 views

The woman with Europe’s largest fake breasts

The woman with Europe's largest fake breastsBeshine currently holds the title of “Biggest Breasts in Europe” and though she started her boob od(d)yssey as a humble B cup, she’s now a mind boggling Z-cup, thanks to expander implants which she refills as regularly as she can.

Beshine says that she doesn’t suffer from backache due to a strict program of back strengthening but does struggle to find clothes that fit and, not surprisingly, can no longer sleep on her stomach, though apparently lying on her back or side is still possible. (Link)

The woman who spent over 15k on illegal butt and hips injection

The woman  who spent over 15k on illegal butt and hips injectionA woman who spent approximately $15,000 on illegal butt and hip injections shed light on the secret world of black market cosmetic procedures in a new book. In a raw and honest account, Vanity Wonder, 30, a mother-of-two from America’s Midwest, has revealed how she became addicted to silicone shots to increase the size of her behind. “Shot Girls” details her own experiences of seeking out and having the injections, and how she became an assistant to a black market practitioner, who treated women from a 17-year-old brought in by her proud mother, to a senior in her seventies with bifocals and false teeth. (Link | Via)

The man who grew 6 in with painful surgery

The man who grew 6 in with painful surgeryA man in New York has “grown” over six inches through painful limb-lengthening surgeries intended to artificially increase his height. While the reason behind Apotheosis (his pseudonym) having undergone the surgery might be cosmetic, there are in fact numerous patients suffering from dwarfism or deformities who have and are currently going through the process of surgically lengthening their limbs.

Renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Dror Paley claims that the majority of the patients that visit her at St. Mary’s Medical Center for cosmetic reasons, are suffering from height dysphoria which she claims is one of the few psychologic-psychiatric disorders that actually can be cured with the knife.

Akash Shukla is just one of those patients who has undergone the surgery for the cosmetic reason depicted by Paley. At age eighteen, the young man from New Jersey discovered that he would ultimately only grow to be a mere 4’11.5″ tall. Due to his short height, Shukla opted to undergo the painful process of lengthening his limbs in order to increase his height. Nearly 5’2″ after surgery, Shukla is now significantly taller than before.

This rare procedure is performed by only a few doctors in the United States and costs roughly $85,000. Painful, time consuming, and expensive are just a few words to describe this incredible surgery which has assisted those like Shukla, Apotheosis, and many more, to achieve a height beyond that which they were otherwise destined to have. (Link)

The Russian woman who had over 100 lip injections

The Russian woman who had over 100 lip injectionsA woman desperate to look like Jessica Rabbit has won the dubious honour of being in possession of the world’s biggest lips after having 100 silicone injections. Kristina Rei, 22, was convinced her thin lips made her ugly so she opted to have them enlarged in the style of her favorite cartoon character, at a cost of more than £4,000.

Now the nail technician admits she has an addiction, but still plans to have her so-called trout pout made even more outrageous. Each injection costs roughly £40 and is ‘extremely painful’ but Kristina, from St Petersburg, Russia, insists nothing will stop her. (Link)

The fake doctor arrested for injecting butt implants with Fix-a-flat

The fake doctor arrested for injecting butt implants with Fix-a-flat“Dr.” Oneal Morris has a very literal solution for patients looking to add a little junk to their trunks. She injected a woman looking to add a little more oomph to her caboose, with a solution made of cement, superglue, mineral oil, and Fix-A-Flat tire mender. Thirty-year-old Morris was arrested by Miami Gardens’ police.

A patient asked Morris, a transgendered woman who is still legally identified as a man, to give her butt implants. So Morris cut her open and injected the crazy mixture. She then closed the patient’s wound with superglue. As a result of the procedure, the woman ended up in the hospital, treated for a serious condition by actual doctors. Morris was arrested on charges of practicing medicine without a license and from her arrest pictures, appears to sport some sort of junk in her own rear end as well. (Link)

The Russian Barbie who supposedly had her ribs removed to have a smaller waist

The Russian Barbie who supposedly had her ribs removed to have a smaller waistValeria Lukyanova is the self-proclaimed “most famous woman on the Russian-language internet”. The 21 year-old Ukrainian first made a splash in her native Ukraine and neighboring Russia a few years back with her anime-style Barbie doll looks. After she first hit it big on the Russian-language internet, netizens started digging through her old social networking posts and profiles, cataloguing all the rumored surgeries she’d undergone—from nose jobs to rib removal. She certainly has a tiny waist. (Link)

The woman who had concrete injected in her face by fake doctor

The woman who had concrete injected in her face by fake doctorNew pictures of an alleged victim of previously featured ‘fake doctor’ Oneal Ron Morris show the horrific damage to her face after it was injected with a toxic mixture of cement and tyre sealant. Rajee Narinesingh, 48, from Miami, Florida, says her face was ruined by Morris, who had just been released from custody after she was accused of administering the potentially lethal shots to another victim.

Ms. Narinesingh, who, like Morris, 30, was born a man, but lives as a woman, has been left with lumpy shapes in her cheeks, a misshapen chin and a ballooning upper lip after the back room beauty treatment. (Link)

The man who underwent breast augmentation after a $ 100,000 bet

The man who underwent breast augmentation after a $ 100,000 betGuys, what would you do for a bet? Shave your eyebrows? Dye your hair? Get your nipple pierced? How about getting breast implants? No? Then frankly, you just aren’t the man that Brian Zembic is. In 1996, Brian Zembic took a bet for $100,000 that he wouldn’t keep a set of 38C breast implants in for a year. He did. The twist? He still has them…

The story of Brian’s breasts begins in the summer of 1996 when he had a conversation with a friend named Jobo about breast implants. Somehow the argument escalated to the point where the pair agreed that they would enter into a wager where Zembic would receive breast implants and if he kept them in for a year he would win $100,000.

Nothing more might have come of it, until Brian lost a large amount of money playing the stock market and decided to take on the bet to cover his losses. He found a cosmetic surgeon who was also a gambler and after a few games of backgammon, was able to win the $4,500 he needed to pay for the surgery.

In October 1996 Zembic underwent the breast augmentation surgery in New York. Jobo, hearing that Zembic had had the surgery, offered to buy out the bet by paying $50,000 to cancel the wager. Zembic refused and said he would see the wager through for the full year and full $100,000. In October 1997, he fulfilled the arrangements of the bet and Jobo deposited the full $100,000 into a Swiss bank account.

Since then, Brian has appeared on numerous TV shows and magazines to talk about his boobs. He claims that the breast implants have made him more popular with women and that he wouldn’t have them removed unless his daughter was picked on as a result of his bizarre choice. (Link)

11 Funny Texts Sent to the Wrong Number

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Funny
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Published on Yesterday 8/22/2012 under Fun Tech – by Ruth Taboada

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government was surprised by the news that a Navy SEAL who participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan has written a book about the operation in which the al Qaeda leader was killed, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

“No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden” was written by a Navy SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen with co-author Kevin Maurer and is to be released next month on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

It was not vetted by government agencies to ensure that no secrets were revealed.

“The book was vetted by a former special operations attorney. He vetted it for tactical, technical, and procedural information as well as information that could be considered classified by compilation and found it to be without risk to national security,” Christine Ball, a spokeswoman for the publisher, Dutton, told Reuters.

The book will be published at a time when Washington has been roiled by controversy over national security leaks ahead of the November 6 presidential election.

Republicans have charged that President Barack Obama’s administration has engaged in selective leaks to bolster the Democrat’s national security credentials. The White House denies those accusations and says it takes leaks of classified information seriously.

In the wake of Congressional criticism, the administration assigned federal prosecutors in Baltimore and Washington to conduct criminal investigations into leaks related to an undercover counter-terrorism investigation in Yemen and alleged U.S. and Israeli cyber-warfare against Iran’s nuclear program.

But the coming book on the bin Laden raid appeared to catch officials off guard.

“We learned about this book today from press reports. We haven’t reviewed it and don’t know what it says,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

The Pentagon said it hadn’t vetted the book or helped provide information to the authors. There are at least two Pentagon regulations requiring the Defense Department review writings by retired troops that contain sensitive material.

“This book came as a surprise to folks at the Pentagon,” a senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. “Naturally, we’ll be interested to read the book when it is made available.”

CIA spokesman Preston Golson said: “As far as we can determine, this book was not submitted for pre-publication review.”

‘TIME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT’

Dutton, which is a member of the Penguin Group (USA), said the Navy SEAL author’s experience culminated with “Operation Neptune Spear” in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he led one of the assault teams on bin Laden’s compound and was “one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout and was present at his death.”

The Navy SEAL is described as a former member of the U.S. Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six, who was involved in hundreds of missions around the world.

His name and the names of the other SEALs mentioned in the book were changed for security reasons, the publisher said. The majority of the proceeds from the book will go to charities that support families of fallen Navy SEALs, the publisher said.

“It is time to set the record straight about one of the most important missions in U.S. military history,” the Navy SEAL author said in the book, according to the publisher’s statement. “‘No Easy Day’ is the story of ‘the guys,’ the human toll we pay, and the sacrifices we make to do this dirty job.”

Congressional Republicans criticized the administration for granting generous access to policymakers and some intelligence and defense personnel to a Hollywood team preparing a film on the bin Laden raid for release later this year.

The fact that U.S. officials said the Obama administration was unaware of the book about the raid until Wednesday suggests it will be difficult for Obama critics to attack him over the new book.

Ref: Yahoo.com/news

10 Amazing Microscopic Images

Posted: August 14, 2012 in Animals
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10 Amazing Microscopic Images

Published on Today 8/14/2012 under Weird Science – by Beverly Jenkins
TAGS: microscope, close-up, microscopic, insects, human, body, Nikon, Photomicrography

All of the following images, over the course of several years, were entered into the annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition. It is amazing how beautiful even the most ugly subject matter can be when examined close-up.

House Fly (6.25x)

House Fly (6.25x)

You can practically hear him buzzing!

This Muscoid fly (house fly) was photographed by Charles B. Krebs. It won 1st prize in the 2005 competition.

HeLa (Cancer Cells) (300x)

HeLa (Cancer Cells) (300x)Who knew such an ugly thing as cancer could look so beautiful under a microscope?

Photographed by Thomas J. Deerinck, this image won 12th place in the 2011 competition. (Link | Photo)

Sand (4x)

Sand (4x)Think about this photo next time you’re on the beach.

Photographed by Yanping Wang, this image won 14th place in the 2011 competition.

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Daphnia Magna (freshwater water flea) (100x)

Daphnia Magna (freshwater water flea) (100x)Dare we say… this flea almost looks cute?

This image was photographed by Joan Röhl. It won 10th place in the 2011 competition. (Link | Photo)

Snowflake (7x)

Snowflake (7x)Beautiful!

Photographed by Manuela Schaper, this image won 16th place in the 2001 competition. (Link | Photo)

Tip of a Butterfly Tongue (720x)

Tip of a Butterfly Tongue (720x)Wow. Just… wow.

Stephen S. Nagy, MD took this photo of a butterfly tongue, which earned an honorable mention in the 2011 competition. (Link | Photo)

Human Brain Sections (63x)

Human Brain Sections (63x)Photographed by Dr. María Prado-Figueroa, this image shows sections of a human brain, magnified 63 times. This image won an honorable mention in the 2010 contest. (Link | Photo)

Geranium Flower (20x)

Geranium Flower (20x)This image was taken by Shamuel Silberman and earned 15th place in the Nikon 2005 competition. (Link | Photo)

Bubble Plastic Wrap Injected with Ink

Bubble Plastic Wrap Injected with InkThis is the only image on our list which is not natural, but it’s so artistic that we had to include it.

Photographed by Carole Cliff, this image won 19th place in the 2000 competition. (Photo)

Ant Head, Frontal View (10x)

Ant Head, Frontal View (10x)Sweet dreams!

Photographed by Dr. Jan Michels, this image won 11th place in the Nikon Small World competition.