Thursday, August 23, 2012


USS New York 
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .
It is the fifth in a new class of warship -
designed for missions that include special
operations against terrorists. It will carry a
crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines
to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in
Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured
into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,'
recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there.

'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.'

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived,
he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my neck stood up.'
'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he said.
'They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.'

The ship's motto?
'Never Forget'

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, 
Then we will be a nation gone under."

As you scroll down, notice the two twin towers on top.

Here SHE is   -  The USS New York, 
made from the World Trade Center!

March 2009

Siesta Photo Essay

This photo essay was received August 2008 and it is from Magnum In Motion

GABON—A young man rests on a boat cruising up the OgoouĂ© River, 1984.
© Bruno Barbey / Magnum Photos

CALCUTTA, India—A child laborer takes a nap, 1989.© Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos

ANDALUCIA, Spain—Rocio pilgrimage, 1972.
© Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey—Taking a nap in a car trunk, 1979.
© Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Sarong resting in a cafe near Mekong, Nov. 14, 2002.
© John Vink / Magnum Photos

© Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos

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CALCUTTA, India—Grain bags for a bed, 1951.
© Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos

MARSEILLE, France—1932.
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

RUTTEN, Belgium—Near the town of Tongres in Limbourg Province, 1975.
© Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

MADRID, Spain—The lottery vendor naps in Plaza Mayor, 1955.
© Inge Morath © The Inge Morath Foundation / Magnum Photos

BERKELEY, Calif.—Madeleine, Oct. 12, 2003.
© Lise Sarfati / Magnum Photos

WEST GERMANY—On the banks of the Rhine River near the town of Neuss, 1965.
© Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

YAVIZA, Panama—2004.
© Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

SALVADOR, Brazil—Rio Vermelho district, 1984.
© Miguel Rio Branco / Magnum Photos

VENICE, Italy—Film festival, 1959.
© Sergio Larrain / Magnum Photos

CAMBODIA—The train between Battambang and Phnom Penh, 2002.
© Patrick Zachmann / Magnum Photos

LONDON—A Hyde Park couple, 1974.
© Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Vaucluse district flea market, 1980.
© Martine Franck / Magnum Photos

DELHI, India—A street photographer in the old city, 1966.
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

August 2008

Dubai Email Forward from 2008

I received this email July 2008.  It was originally sent as:

Here's where your $$$$$$$ go at the pump
I don’t know how true this is . . .
Couldn’t find it on or
. . . But someone is paying for all of this!! Is it you?

It would be something to check this out now and see what is happening in Dubai today . . .
Click Here to see Wikipedia's page on "Dubai Waterfront".

Dubai in 1990

The Same Street in 2003

Last year

Dubai is said to currently have 15-25% of  all the worlds cranes
Click here for article on  Burj cranes of Dubai from 2006

The Dubai Waterfront.  
When completed it will become the largest waterfront development in the world.

 All of this was built in the last 5 years, including that island that looks like a palm tree.

The Palm Islands in Dubai.  
New Dutch dredging technology was used to create these massive man made islands.
They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space.
Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all. 

Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon. 

The World Islands . 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world
Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.

The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai . The worlds tallest hotel.
Considered the only '7 star' hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world.
It stands on an artificial island in the sea. 

Hydropolis, the world's first underwater hotel.
Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai , 
it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays. 

The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008.
At an estimated height of over 800 meters, 
it will easily be world's tallest building when finished.
It will be almost 40 percent taller than the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101. 

This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009.
More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed.
It is already the worlds tallest man made structure 
and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year. 

The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. 
Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.

Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters.
That would make it more than 30 percent taller than the Burj Dubai 
and three times as tall as the Empire State Building .

The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower. 
Upon completion it will rank as the world's highest hotel. 
It is expected to be finished by 2009. 
At 480 meters it will only be 28 meters shorter than the Taipei 101. 

The Trump International Hotel & Tower, 
which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, 
The Palm Jumeirah. 

Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is 
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, 
which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. 

Dubailand will be twice the size.

Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag.
The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.

Dubai Sports City. 
A huge collection of sports arenas located in Dubailand. 

Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is t he #1 tourist destination in the world. 
Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title 
since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily. 

The Dubai Marina is an entirely man made development that will contain over 200 highrise buildings when finished. It will be home to some of the tallest residential structures in the world.
The completed first phase of the project is shown.
Most of the other high rise buildings will be finished by 2009-2010.

The Dubai Mall will be the l argest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores. It will be completed in 2008. 

Ski Dubai , which is already open, is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world.
This is a rendered image of another future indoor skiing facility that is being planned. 

Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess Tower , which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories, will line the Dubai Marina .
The UAE Spaceport would be the first spa ceport in the world if construction ever gets under way.
And ... The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume. There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.

Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about it.
It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American
goods. We should return the favor.

An interesting thought is to boycott their GAS.

Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money
into the coffers of Saudi Arabia . Just buy from gas companies that
don't import their oil from the Saudis.

Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I
fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to
kill me, my family, and my friends.

I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil
companies are the best to buy gas from and which major companies
import Middle Eastern oil.

These companies import Middle Eastern oil:

Shell........................... 205,7 42,000 barrels

Chevron/Texaco............. 144,332,000 barrels

Exxon/Mobil................... 130,082,000 barrels

Marathon/Speedway........ 117,740,000 barrels

Amoco.............................62,231,000 barrels

Citgo gas is from South America , from a Dictator who hates Americans. If you do the math at 30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION! (oil is now $90 - $100 a barrel).

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:

Sunoco..................0 barrels

Conoco..................0 barrels

Sinclair..................0 barrels

BP/Phillips...............0 barrels

Hess......................0 barrels

ARC0.....................0 barrels

All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.

The new Dubai Skyline, UAE
From facebook page Fascinating Places

July 2008