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Cooley Hurd

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September 23, 2013

Costa Concordia captain blames helmsman for crash

Source: The BBC

The captain of the Costa Concordia has blamed his Indonesian helmsman for the accident which caused the ship to sink off the coast of Italy last year.

Francesco Schettino told a court the helmsman failed to obey orders to slow down and steered the ship onto rocks.

Thirty-two people died when the cruise ship capsized in January 2012.

Mr Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship, but says he is being made a scapegoat for others' errors.

Last week the 290m-long vessel was raised upright in a major salvage operation off the coast of Giglio island.

The captain said there would have been no crash if the helmsman, who has already been convicted in a separate manslaughter trial, had heeded an order to steer away from rocks.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24210522

What an asshole! How about taking the blame for your own recklessness, you Cazzo!
September 17, 2013

Time Lapse Video of the Raising of Costa Concordia:

The Salvors should be lauded - THAT was a helluva job!!!!!!
September 16, 2013

Former Beatles collaborator Jackie Lomax Dead at 69


Guitarist, singer and songwriter John Richard “Jackie” Lomax, has passed away at the age of 69.

Lomax is best known for his single “Sour Milk Sea,” which was written by George Harrison, recorded by Lomax, Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Nicky Hopkins for release as a single on The Beatles’ label Apple Records in 1968.

Lomax first came to prominence playing bass and singing with Beatles contemporaries The Undertakers. Following that groups dissolution, Lomax started his own The Lomax Alliance, and was picked up by The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein who hooked The Lomax Alliance up with CBS records for a deal that resulted in two singles for the band, plus one additional single listing Jackie Lomax as a solo artist.

Following Epstein’s passing, Lomax moved to Apple Records, and secured George Harrison as the producer for his debut solo album, Is This What You Want? Despite the presence of members of The Beatles, Clapton and legendary studio musicians from the Wrecking Crew, the album only reached number 145 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Lomax continued to release solo albums through the mid-70s, but continued to suffer from poor sales. He also kept busy playing in an assortment of smaller bands that featuring supporting members of higher-profile groups such as Yes, the Rolling Stones and King Crimson.

Cross gently, Jackie.
September 14, 2013

Reuters Breaking: U.S., Russia agree deal on Syria chemical weapons

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - The United States and Russia have agreed on a proposal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday after nearly three days of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Kerry said that, under the pact, Syria must submit a "comprehensive listing" of its chemical weapons stockpiles within one week.

There's also a Breaking News banner on CNN: Kerry: U.S. and Russia agree on framework that, if fully implemented, could mean elimination of Syria's chemical weapons

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/14/us-syria-crisis-talks-start-idUSBRE98D03820130914

The big question is, can Syria comply (i.e. a "comprehensive" accounting of the weapons) within a week?

On edit: David Kay was just interviewed on CNN and he has his doubts that Syria can comply within that time frame.

I'd hold off on the happy dancing...

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