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I had started to work on reloading the broken links, but instead I have been working on redefining this blog, Examining Life (And Things of Interest) or known as the https://georgemcginn.wordpress.com blog and I have also redefined my editorial content, which will start sometime this month.

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George McGinnAnyone who is reading blogs that link to my story in Allvoices are all broken.

Allvoices changed their editorial requirements and felt that it needed to remove all the old stories and start from scratch.

I had started to work on reloading the broken links, but instead I have been working on redefining this blog, Examining Life (And Things of Interest) or known as the https://georgemcginn.wordpress.com blog and I have also redefined my editorial content, which will start sometime this month.

Some of the posts that meets the new editorial guidelines will stay here, while others, such as the Astronomy and Space Exploration articles will be moved to the new Cosmology and Space Exploration Blog that is now operational (htttp://www.cosmologyandspace.com or if the photos do not show properly, use https://cosmologyandspace.wordpress.com).

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Pakistan, China, perform joint military operations near war zone

X-Marks the spot, or in this case a blue dot shows the location of the joint  Pakistan-China military operations.

X-Marks the spot, or in this case a blue dot shows the location of the joint Pakistan-China military operations.

Islamabad – Pakistan security forces and China’s Special Forces participated in a joint field training exercises at the headquarters of the special services group, near Cherat.

Pakistan security forces and China’s Special Forces participated in a joint field training exercises at the headquarters of the special services group, near Cherat.

The joint exercise, Warrior-2014, witnessed by the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, focused on the joint anti-terrorism training between the two countries, included airdropping and helicopter lifting of special forces, search and rescue, and assault on terrorist strong holds. Continue reading

6,500-year-old ‘Noah’ skeleton found in museum basement

IMG_3044.JPG Researchers from a Philadelphia museum found a human skeleton estimated to be 6,500-years-old sitting in its basement untouched for 85 years, according to the Penn Museum. The Penn Museum, an archeology museum from the University of Pennsylvania, had lost track of the skeleton’s documentation, until it turned up this summer while the school was conducting a project to digitize all its records from a joint expedition with the British Museum from 1922-1934 in Iran. The skeleton dates back to about 4500 BC, during the time described in the Bible. Read the complete story at the Digital Journal

NASA: First earth-sized planet in a distant star’s habitable zone – may sustain life

20140418-044206.jpgKepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets, seen lined up in orbit around a host star that is half the size and mass of the sun. (Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

Earth is no longer the only known planet in the Universe that resides in the “goldilocks” zone, according to a discovery made by NASA.

Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope discovered the first Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in its “habitable zone,” a place where liquid water and surface temperatures similar to our own planet.

The new planet, called Kepler 186f, is the first planet NASA has confirmed to be both Earth-sized and orbiting in its star’s habitable zone.

There have been many planets discovered in habitable zones of other stars, however, they are all at least 40 percent larger than Earth.

In addition, current technology does not exist yet that can tell the makeup of the planet’s atmosphere or geological features.

Yet, according to previous research, it suggests that Kepler 186f is likely to be the same size of Earth and rocky.

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US plays shell game with Marines – out of Afghanistan, later deployed to Africa

Lance Cpl. Adrian Delafuente, a rifleman with Black Sea Rotational Force 12, takes part in dismounted patrol training with Romanian soldiers in Lasi, Romania, May 8. The 10-day event included training led by Marine non-commissioned officers. Black Sea Rotational Force 12 is a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force with crisis response capabilities deployed to the region to enhance interoperability, promote regional stability and build camaraderie amongst the forces. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Paul Zellner.)

Lance Cpl. Adrian Delafuente, a rifleman with Black Sea Rotational Force 12, takes part in dismounted patrol training with Romanian soldiers in Lasi, Romania, May 8. The 10-day event included training led by Marine non-commissioned officers. Black Sea Rotational Force 12 is a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force with crisis response capabilities deployed to the region to enhance interoperability, promote regional stability and build camaraderie amongst the forces. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Paul Zellner.)

While the military is pulling out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, they aren’t going far. Marine units specializing in responding to crisis situations may be later deployed to Africa.

Military leaders are looking put back and set up specialized bases of ground units in the Middle East to continue dealing with crises there. They also plan on stationing these troops in Florida and as well as the Caribbean or Central and South America to deal with any crisis.

In the next few years, U.S. military leaders will be talking with African nations that show an interest in having U.S. troops based in their country.

According to Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer, deputy commander of military operations in Africa, he said the troops that will be based throughout Africa will be similar to those special-purpose Marine air and ground units, like the task force crisis response that was based in Morón Air Base in Spain in 2013.

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Has NASA missed its chance to say it discovered life on Mars first?

This shows the comparison of what a apothecia looks like on Earth, and the one that might be one on Mars.

This shows the comparison of what a apothecia looks like on Earth, and the one that might be one on Mars.

Did NASA miss its chance to be the first to discover life on Mars? According to a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, a federal judge will decide the issue of whether an object may be a sign of life.

According to Rhawn Joseph, who has a PhD in neuroscientist and claims to be the first astrobiologist and written the book on it, said he is the one who discovered a life form on Mars. And he backed this up by filing a writ of mandamus in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The writ is to force NASA, under Joseph’s watchful eye, to conduct a study of the object that may be a life form similar to one found here on Earth.

Joseph filed the lawsuit because of two photos and comments made by NASA, then according to the writ, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission’s principle investigator summarily dismissed the object as a rock that “kind of tiddlywinked” its way onto the Mars rover Opportunity and fell out sometime during a 12-day period on Mars.

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NASA, JAXA to launch satellite to monitor rain and snow in near real-time

The first new NASA Earth science mission of 2014 is the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint international project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Launch is scheduled for Feb. 27 from Japan. (Image: NASA)

The first new NASA Earth science mission of 2014 is the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint international project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Launch is scheduled for Feb. 27 from Japan. (Image: NASA)

Weather forecasters and scientists will soon have a tool to understand severe weather, rain and snow, in near real-time.

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch a new, sophisticated satellite Feb. 27 that will give scientists the ability to study the planet’s water cycles anywhere in the world, providing new data every few hours.

The launch of the new international satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, built by NASA, is scheduled from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

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Dodgers’ Puig arrested on reckless driving charges on Alligator Alley a dissapointment to LA Dodgers

L.A. Dodger right fielder Yaseil Puig, whose real full name is Yaseil Puig Valdez, was  arrested by Florida Highway Patrol this in the morning hours of Dec. 28, 2013, for speeding.

According to a FHP press release, Puig, 23, drove a white Mercedes and was clocked going 110 mph. However, the speed limit on Alligator Alley where he allegedly did 110 mph is 70 mph. That’s 40 mph over the speed limit, and operating a vehicle traveling more than 90 mph. This alone guarantees a driver in Florida some time in a county jail. He was pulled over on Alligator Alley about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Puig, a Cuban defector and a Major League Baseball star with a $42 million contract could not talk his way out of this. He was arrested and charged with reckless driving, taken to Collier County jail, spent about 3 1/2 hours behind bars, where eventually was released in lieu of a $500 bond.

According to Florida Statues, reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense, and it is unknown if a court date has been set.

Puig has been reckless all year, even during his time in the majors this year. I’ve seen him throw to the wrong base causing two runs to score, and it seems he wants to play his own brand of baseball, and not the teams. I believe that if he hand’t had the breakout season with his bat, he’s nothing more than a AAA minor league player, with some attitudes. Fourty-two million dollars worth.

And the LA Dodger organization is just as pissed – it is even in their statement, one that tells us Puig is immature, and by now should have learned the rules and laws, especially about driving. The statement printed in the Dec. 19 LA Times reads:

“We have spoken to Yasiel and made it clear that we, as an organization, are very disappointed in his recent behavior,” the statement reads. “This is a very serious issue to us and we will continue to educate him and strive to further develop his growth off the field and as a member of this community.”

The 23-year-old boy thinks he can do anything he wants. However, Florida is not a state you want to appear in court and not be a full-fledged U.S. citizen.

In Florida, you must appear in what is called a first appearance. Sometimes you can plead guilty there, pay a fine, and leave. However, this is a misdemeanor, punishable for up to a year in jail, and a fine that would be pocket change for someone making $42 million.

However, in most of the time while I was a reporter covering Crime & Courts, a green card does not guarantee you will stay in this country if you commit at least a misdemeanor. I’ve seen documented migrant workers deported.

Puig is not a stranger to reckless driving and being arrested. He was also charged in April 2013 charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance, while he was playing in Chattanooga, Tenn.

How many of you reading this would have had these charges dropped? In the 35 years spent as a journalist, 6 years in law enforcement, and covering the Crime & Courts beat for more than 10 years, I have seen no one have these charges dropped.

Why do famous people, famous athletes, feel they can endanger others for their own selfish needs? Puig escaped going to jail and loosing his lucrative baseball contract the first time he was caught. Baseball, historically is more stringent when it comes to players getting in trouble, and they face large suspensions. Yet Puig continues to act in a reckless manner, as evidenced by his arrest by a Florida Highway trooper.

Now I wasn’t in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but I read that the judge was so impressed over the charity work he was doing in Los Angeles, that he dropped the charges due to community service. I wonder how much of that charity was spread to the children of Chattanooga?’

Otherwise, in my career, I have seen people fined and given parole to spending a year in jail. Rarely has a defendant had all three of those charges dismissed. There are cases where plea deals are made, where a state attorney dismisses the larger of the charges and the defendant pleads guilty to the other two.

For a few years, Puig had it made in Cuba. He was playing well, a baseball star, earning a bronze medal in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship. He did very well in the 2008 and 2009 Cuban National Series, and had a breakout season in 2009-2010 in the Cuban National Series, hitting .330, with 17 homers, and 47 RBI’s.

Also, Puig was jailed in Cuba for plotting to defect. And again when his second attempt failed. But this is matters for another story. Let’s say that in an attempt to gain favor with the Cuban government, someone else paid the price for Puig and is currently serving a 7 1/2 year sentence in a Cuban prison.

However, things did not go well for Puig, for in 2011. He tried to defect with teammate Gerardo Concepcion. His teammate was successful, but Puig was caught, and part of his punishment he was not allowed to play any baseball in Cuba for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

In 2012, while still suspended, Puig made another attempt to defect, and this time he was successful. He established a residency in Mexico to be eligible to become a free agent, and in a short time afterwards the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Puig on June 28, 2012, to a seven-year $42 million contract. Puig, at 21, and only playing in the minors for less than three months, made his MLB debut on June 3, 2013, where he finished the season hitting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI.

And it can be argued that it was Puig’s recklessness and flaming out like he did in Cuba that lost the NL Pennant to the St. Louis Cardinals. He batted something like .223, and only had one extra base hit. In other words, PATHETIC!

And yet, besides the two speeding and reckless driving incidents, things are also rocky for this baseball star and Miami, Florida resident. A lawsuit seeking $12 million from Puig says he and his mother lied to Cuban authorities about a plan to smuggle the player out of the country. On July 18, 2013, Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court, Southern Florida District.

According to court documents, Corbacho Daudinot claims that Puig and his mother acted as informants for the Cuban government to help Puig get reinstated in Cuba’s National Series league, its equivalent to Major League Baseball in the United States.

The complaint says that in 2010, Puig and his mother testified that Corbacho Daudinot was involved in human trafficking, and helped Puig defect the first time he was caught. And based on their testimony, Corbacho Daudinot was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Corbacho Daudinot denies ever speaking with, meeting with, or knowing who Puig was.

If Puig was such a star in Cuba, which would elevate his status within the Cuban class system, why leave? Many Cuban players finish their career as stars to the public, much like marquee players and actors enjoy in the United States.

So why leave? For $42 million dollars. Puig didn’t know he would get that much money when he defected, but knew he was good enough to make more money playing in the U.S. than in Cuba.

At times, Puig played with a reckless abandon, even though he finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting. Or maybe it was because of it he didn’t win the NL Rookie of the Year award.

However, his apparent reckless abandon driving has to stop, for his sake, and others on the road. I personally witnessed and almost was involved in an accident on I-75 when a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer head coach reached speed of more than 100 mph, almost rear-ending me.

Just because you are famous, or make a lot of money, does not give you the right to endanger others by putting yourself in a situation that you are not trained for. Ask anyone who races cars in NASCAR or other professional organizations – even if you are trained to handle a car at high speeds, what happens when they encounter others who are not?

Since coming to the U.S. in 2013, he’ve been acting like a baby in a candy shop, and the LA Dodger organization is responsible for this, and must fix the problem, or get rid of it. For my prediction is that in 3 years, Puig will have flamed out, and is WAR will not even reach 1! He’ll just be a normal, replaceable player earning $6 million a year.

He did it in Cuba. He had it made there, but his self-destructive behavior was severely punished, that a current lawsuit by the man who claims Puig lied in court to curry favor with the Cuban government is languishing in a Cuban jail for 7 years.

However, Puig was not reinstated has he had hoped, and defected. He knows no other way, and it will take someone’s death at Puig’s hands for MLB, the LA Dodgers, and the press to WAKE UP and investigate him before making him a child’s hero. And we have seen many athletes who were idols to children burn in flames. This year at the Little League World Series, I did not hear Migel Cabrarro’s name mentioned as much as it was in the past two years.

The parents and the press are responsible, and need to be held accountable, along with the LA Dodgers, who should have left Puig in Mexico.