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1  General Category / Sports / Roethlisberger accuser told cops she was 'scared' on: June 09, 2010, 03:13:42 pm
Roethlisberger accuser told cops she was 'scared'

Ben Roethlisberger was cleared of any wrongdoing in the alleged **** case.

In an interview with authorities the woman who accused Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of attacking her said she didn't fight him off because he had a short temper and she "didn't want, obviously, him to hurt me any more than he was going to."

On Wednesday morning, months after Roethlisberger was cleared of any wrongdoing, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation released 50 DVDs from the case, including one containing the accuser’s interview with police.

The woman, who alleged the attack happened in the bathroom of a Milledgeville, Georgia night club, said she told Roethlisberger “no” several times and that she was “scared.”

Roethlisberger, who led the Steelers to Super Bowl titles in 2006 and 2009, faced the threat of criminal charges after a 20-year-old woman accused him of raping her in March. The quarterback's lawyer said no sexual assault took place, and prosecutors decided in April that they could not prove that a crime had been committed.

Although prosecutors determined that no charges would be filed, the investigation showed that Roethlisberger had provided underage college students with alcohol, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has said.

Along with the suspension, Goodell ordered that Roethlisberger undergo a "comprehensive behavioral evaluation by medical professionals."
2  the Unexplained / Vanishings / Re: FBI gave $25K to van der Sloot, official says on: June 09, 2010, 03:08:00 pm
3  the Unexplained / Vanishings / Re: FBI gave $25K to van der Sloot, official says on: June 09, 2010, 03:07:06 pm
CNN spoke with his attorney Vinda de Sousa in Aruba Wednesday.
"Shocked, saddened," the attorney said when asked if he knew about the deal.
Van der Sloot and Beth Holloway's representative met in Aruba, where a payment of $10,000 was made to him, followed by a transfer of $15,000 to a personal bank account in the Netherlands, the Interpol document states.
In exchange, van der Sloot showed the representative a house where supposedly Holloway's remains were, according to the document. When records showed that the house wasn't even built at the time of her disappearance, van der Sloot admitted that he lied, Interpol said.
CNN's Terry Frieden and Kim Segal contributed to this report.
4  the Unexplained / Vanishings / FBI gave $25K to van der Sloot, official says on: June 09, 2010, 03:06:33 pm
FBI gave $25K to van der Sloot, official says
June 9, 2010 1:48 p.m. EDT

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Van der Sloot could get 35 years at most
Source confirmed FBI gave initial payment to Van der Sloot of $10,000
The FBI wired $15,000 to van der Sloot, the source told CNN
U.S. authorities last week announced arrest warrant for van der Sloot
Interpol: Information Van der Sloot gave in exchange for the money was false
(CNN) -- The FBI paid Joran van der Sloot $25,000 in an undercover investigation of a plot to extort money from Natalee Holloway's mother, a federal law enforcement official told CNN Wednesday.
The FBI and U.S. Attorneys Office in Alabama arranged for a meeting where an undercover agent paid van der Sloot $10,000 in cash and another $15,000 in a wire transfer for information van der Sloot allegedly promised would lead to Holloway's body in Aruba, a source familiar with the case said.
It's unclear if that money funded van der Sloot's trip to Colombia and into Peru where authorities said he confessed this week to killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores.
Van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, was twice arrested in connection with the 2005 disappearance of Holloway but was released for lack of evidence.
The information van der Sloot provided to the FBI was not true, according to an Interpol document obtained by CNN Wednesday. 
This week Alabama authorities filed extortion and wire fraud charges against van der Sloot.
On or about March 29, van der Sloot contacted a representative of Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway, the Intepol document states.
That came as a shock to Natalee Holloway's father Dave Holloway.
5  the Arts / Music / Stax/Volt Revue - Live in Norway 1967 on: June 09, 2010, 03:03:43 pm
If You Love Soul Music, Don't Miss This Remastered DVD: Considered by soul music fans to be one of the greatest lineups of artists ever to grace the concert stage, this DVD features stunning performances by Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley, The Mar-Keys and the legendary Booker T. & The MGs. "Stax/Volt Revue - Live in Norway 1967"
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"This is by far the greatest live DVD I have ever seen. You want to see what entertainment is? Watch Sam & Dave. You want to see what it's like to hold the audience in the palm of your hand? Watch Otis Redding. You want to see the greatest set of musicians ever assembled in Rock & Roll? Watch Booker T. & The M.G's/The Mar-Keys. Nothing else compares to this."

"I have had this dvd constantly in my player for over a week now, and Booker T. and the MG's, The Mar-Keys, Arthur Conley (doin' a bit of Otis, with him on the same bill!!), Sam and Dave, (pulling all stops on their fabulous foot routines), not forgetting Eddie Floyd and Otis Redding at their best, gives me so much pleasure and takes me back to the "real" music. I am especially happy that Otis version of My Girl is included here."

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1 Red Beans and Rice Booker T. & the MG's
2 Green Onions Booker T. & the MG's
3 Philly Dog Mar Keys
4 Grab This Thing Mar Keys
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6 In the Midnight Hour Arthur Conley
7 Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley
8 Raise Your Hand Eddie Floyd
9 You Don't Know Like I Know Sam & Dave
10 Soothe Me Sam & Dave
11 When Something Is Wrong with My Baby Sam & Dave
12 Hold On! I'm Comin' Sam & Dave
13 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) Otis Redding
14 My Girl Otis Redding
15 Shake Otis Redding
16 Satisfaction Otis Redding
17 Try a Little Tenderness Otis Redding

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6  General Category / General & Miscellaneous / Dramatic Sale: Turn Off TV! Like, Really on: June 09, 2010, 03:02:20 pm
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7  Messages / Upcoming Releases / Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series on: June 08, 2010, 11:33:15 am
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All the classic tales are here, as the Great Detective and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, tangle with the terrifying Hound of the Baskervilles, the beautiful adventuress Irene Adler, and the dastardly villains Colonel Sebastian Moran, Charles Augustus Milverton, and the Napoleon of Crime himself, Professor James Moriarty.

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8  Messages / Upcoming Releases / The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency on: June 08, 2010, 11:32:29 am
"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" Box Set of 3 DVDs, 451. Minutes. A Must for Fans of the Novel Series or For Anyone Interested in a Quirky, Exotic, Relationship Mystery Series.
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9  Atlantis / the Scientific Atlantis / Re: 10th millennium BC on: May 12, 2010, 01:26:35 pm
In popular culture
•   Circa 10,000 BC: This is the time setting for the film 10,000 BC.
•   Circa 10,000 BC: Is also the setting for the Opar novels by Philip José Farmer – Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar
•   9564 BC: Destruction of Atlantis, according to theosophic tradition.
•   C. 9500-9000 BC; In Bryan Sykes' The Seven Daughters of Eve, the 'clan mother' of Haplogroup J lives in Asia Minor or the Fertile Crescent.
10  Atlantis / the Scientific Atlantis / Re: 10th millennium BC on: May 12, 2010, 01:25:35 pm

•   c. 10,000 BC; First cave drawings of the Mesolithic period are made, with war scenes and religious scenes, beginnings of what become story telling, and morphed into acting.
•   c. 10,000 BC; Bottle Gourd is domesticated and used as a carrying vessel.
•   c. 10,000 BC; end of the most recent glaciation.
•   c. 9,500 BC; There is evidence of harvesting, though not necessarily cultivation, of wild grasses in Asia Minor about this time.[1][verification needed]
•   c. 9,500 BC; First building phase of the temple complex at Göbekli Tepe.
•   c. 9,300 BC; figs were apparently cultivated in the Jordan River valley.[2]
•   c. 9000 BC; Neolithic culture began in Ancient Near East.
•   c. 9000 BC: Near East: First stone structures at Jericho are built.
[edit] Old World
•   Asia: Cave sites near the Caspian Sea are used for human habitation.
•   Europe: Azilian (Painted Pebble Culture) people occupy Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Scotland.
•   Europe: Magdalenian culture flourishes and creates cave paintings in France.
•   Europe: Horse hunting begins at Solutré.
•   Egypt: Early sickle blades & grinding disappear and are replaced by hunting, fishing and gathering peoples who use stone tools.
•   Japan: The Jōmon people use pottery, fish, hunt and gather acorns, nuts and edible seeds. There are 10,000 known sites.
•   Mesopotamia: Three or more linguistic groups, including Sumerian and Semitic peoples share a common political and cultural way of life[citation needed].
•   Mesopotamia: People begin to collect wild wheat and barley probably to make malt then beer.
•   Norway: First traces of population in Randaberg.
•   Persia: The goat is domesticated.
•   Sahara: Bubalus Period.
[edit] Americas
•   North America: Paleo-Indian hunter-gatherer societies live nomadically in the countryside.
•   North America: Blackwater Draw forms in eastern New Mexico, evincing human activity.
•   North America: Folsom people flourish throughout the Southwestern United States.
•   North America: Settlement at the Nanu site in the Queen Charlotte Islands of modern day British Columbia begins, starting the longest continual occupation in territory now belonging to Canada.[citation needed]
[edit] Environmental changes
Subdivisions of the Quaternary Period

Age (Ma)

Tarantian (Upper)
      Ionian (Middle)
      Calabrian (Lower)
      Gelasian (Lower)
In Europe and North America, the Holocene is subdivided into Preboreal, Boreal, Atlantic, Subboreal and Subatlantic stages of the Blytt-Sernander time scale. There are many regional subdivisions for the Upper or Late Pleistocene, usually these represent locally recognized cold (glacial) and warm (interglacial) periods. The last glacial period ends with the cold Younger Dryas substage.

Circa 10,000 BC:
•   North America: Dire Wolf, Smilodon, Giant Beaver, Ground Sloth, Giant Imperial Mammoth (Mammuthus imperator), Jeffersonian Mammoth (Mammuthus jeffersonii), Columbian Mammoth (Mammuthus columbi), Woolly Mammoth, Mastodons, Giant Short-Faced Bear, American Cheetah, Scimitar Cats (Homotherium), American Camels, American Horses, and American Lions all become extinct.
•   Bering Sea: Bering land bridge from Siberia to North America covered in water.
•   North America: Long Island becomes an island when waters break through on the western end to the interior lake.
•   Europe: Permanent ecological change. The savannah-dwelling reindeer, bison, and Paleolithic hunters withdraw to the sub-Arctic, leaving the rest to forest animals like deer, aurochs, and Mesolithic foragers. (1967 McEvedy)
•   World: Allerod oscillation brings transient improvement in climate. Sea levels rise abruptly and massive inland flooding occurs due to glacier melt.
Circa 9700 BC: Lake Agassiz forms.
Circa 9600 BC: Younger Dryas cold period ends. Pleistocene ends and Holocene begins. Paleolithic ends and Mesolithic begins. Large amounts of previously glaciated land become habitable again.
Circa 9500 BC: Ancylus Lake, part of the modern-day Baltic Sea, forms.

11  Atlantis / the Scientific Atlantis / 10th millennium BC on: May 12, 2010, 01:24:10 pm
10th millennium BC

The 10th millennium BC marks the beginning of the Mesolithic and Epipaleolithic period, which is the first part of the Holocene epoch. Agriculture, based on the cultivation of primitive forms of millet and rice, occurred in Southwest Asia.[1] Although agriculture was being developed in the Turkish Highlands and the Fertile Crescent, it would not be widely practised for another 2,000 years.[citation needed].

The world population was likely below 5 million people, most of whom were hunter-gatherer communities scattered over all continents except Antarctica. The Würm glaciation ended, and the beginning interglacial, which endures to this day, allowed the re-settlement of northern regions. The most recent glacial ended circa 10,000 BC, and the world entered a period of global warming.

12  the Guanches, Basques, Berbers & Sea People / the Sea People / Re: Bronze Age collapse on: May 12, 2010, 01:20:39 pm
General systems collapse

A general systems collapse has been put forward as an explanation for the reversals in culture that occurred between the Urnfield culture of the 12-13th centuries BC and the rise of the Celtic Hallstatt culture in the 9th and 10th centuries.[15] This theory may, however, simply raise the question of whether this collapse was the cause of, or the effect of, the Bronze Age collapse being discussed. General Systems Collapse theory, pioneered by Joseph Tainter,[16] hypothesizes how social declines in response to complexity may lead to a collapse resulting in simpler forms of society.

In the specific context of the Middle East, a variety of factors - including population rise, soil degradation, drought, cast bronze weapon and iron production technologies - could have combined to push the relative price of weaponry (compared to arable land) to a level unsustainable for traditional warrior aristocracies. As such it was not any one factor, but a combination of factors, that in complex societies that were increasingly fragile and not resilient, that contributed to the collapse.

13  the Guanches, Basques, Berbers & Sea People / the Sea People / Re: Bronze Age collapse on: May 12, 2010, 01:20:17 pm
Changes in warfare

Robert Drews argues[12] that the appearance of massed infantry, using newly developed weapons and armor, such as cast rather than forged spearheads and long swords, a revolutionizing cut-and-thrust weapon,[13] and javelins, and the appearance of bronze foundries, suggest "that mass production of bronze artifacts was suddenly important in the Aegean". (For example, Homer uses "spears" as a virtual synonym for "warrior", suggesting the continued importance of the spear in combat.) Such new weaponry, furnished to a proto-hoplite model of infantry which was able to withstand attacks of massed chariotry, would destabilize states that were based upon the use of chariots by the ruling class and precipitate an abrupt social collapse as raiders and/or infantry mercenaries began to conquer, loot, and burn the cities.[14][1][2
14  the Guanches, Basques, Berbers & Sea People / the Sea People / Re: Bronze Age collapse on: May 12, 2010, 01:19:59 pm

Harvey Weiss, professor of Near Eastern archeology at Yale,[9] using the Palmer Drought Index for 35 Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern weather stations, showed that a drought of the kinds that persisted from January 1972 would have affected all of the sites associated with the Late Bronze Age collapse.[10] Drought could have easily precipitated or hastened socio-economic problems and led to wars. More recently Brian Fagan has shown how the diversion of mid-winter storms, from the Atlantic to north of the Pyrenees and the Alps, bringing wetter conditions to Central Europe but drought to the Eastern Mediterranean, was associated with the Late Bronze Age collapse.[11]

15  the Guanches, Basques, Berbers & Sea People / the Sea People / Re: Bronze Age collapse on: May 12, 2010, 01:19:42 pm

Leonard R. Palmer suggested that iron, whilst inferior to bronze weapons, was in more plentiful supply and so allowed larger armies of iron users to overwhelm the smaller armies of bronze-using maryannu chariotry.[8] This argument has been weakened of late with the finding that the shift to iron occurred after the collapse, not before.[citation needed] It now seems that the disruption of long distance trade, an aspect of "systems collapse", cut easy supplies of tin, making bronze impossible to make. Older implements were recycled and then iron substitutes were used.

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