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” The beautiful image is also available online in interactive high-resolution that allows users to pan across the panorama and to zoom in onto landmarks such as the George Washington Bridge 11 miles away and across the five boroughs of New York City and across to New Jersey.
The 360-degree view was constructed digitally with computer software developed by GigaPan Systems of Portland, Oregon using the same technology as NASA’s Mars rovers.”
Back in January we featured a post on a GigaPixelArt creation , an interactive panoramic “Easter Egg Hunt” in Seattle that was immediately called to mind by this photo . Check it out .
” The image marks something of a resolution too. Twelve-years on from the destruction by terrorists of the Twin Towers this is a view that some thought would never be seen again in New York City.”
Photo: James Leynse
” Over the past 12-years, nine governors of New Jersey and New York, two mayors and thousands of victims’ families all battled over real estate that also needed to be a shrine.
It took three years of clearing and cleaning for the cornerstone to be laid and another two years after that for construction to actually start.”
Photo: Getty Images
Regular readers may remember our post on the final assembly of the spire or the 9 year time lapse construction video . This is the final product . It’s no Twin Towers , but better than a hole in the ground . I guess . Here are the building by the numbers …
“ Building, with observation deck, height: 1,368 feet, the height of the original WTC North Tower
Building, with observation deck and antenna, height: 1,776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed
Base: 200 feet square, the same as the original twin towers
Total number of steelworkers involved: 10,000
Total amount of steel used in the construction: 48,000 tons
Total number of external glass panels: 13,000
Total square foot of One World Trade Center: 3.5 million square feet
Amount of steel used in construction is enough to build FIVE Empire State Buildings
Depth of foundations: 200 feet below the streets of Lower Manhattan
Number of 18th Century British revolutionary warships found during construction: 1
Final price tag of construction: $3.9 billion
Number of steelworkers killed during building: 0
Height of antannae: 408-feet “
Lot’s more info and pictures at the Daily Mail
” Video has emerged showing the shocking moment a Range Rover driver apparently drove through a crowd of motorbikes as it fled with its family inside for fear of being attacked.
Police have revealed the bikers started to damage the vehicle after the driver, 33-year-old Alexian Lien, hit a motorcyclist.
Fearing for the safety of his wife Roslyn Ng and young child, aged five months, the SUV driver then sped off, hitting several bikers in its path.
The six-minute film shows the SUV hit another motorcyclist after it was chased by the pack of bikers.
The family are eventually brought to a standstill in Manhattan traffic and immediately bikers run to attack the vehicle, smashing the driver’s window and attempting to smash the rear door window.”
Video of the attack can be viewed here.
“ George Bardwil, who owns linen company Bardwil Home, was in his E Street apartment when an intruder came into his home in January, The Daily Mail reports.
Mr. Bardwil, 60, threatened the intruder with a loaded .40 cal Sig Sauer. The man fled and Mr. Bardwil called the police.
After showing the cops footage from his home surveillance cameras, they arrested him under suspicions of owning an illegal firearm.”
The Daily Mail has much more …
” Bardwil – known as the ‘Linen King’ – denies the charges and pleaded not guilty to gun possession at the Supreme Court in Manhattan yesterday.
His defense lawyer Michael Bachner told the New York Post that the loaded .40 cal Sig Sauer was kept in a secure box in Bardwil’s apartment and was legally registered to his bodyguard.
Prosecutors will recommend a three year sentence at court.
Mr Bachner told the New York Post: ’There’s no dispute that George was being burglarized.
‘George had been the victim of multiple burglaries, and the DA’s office concedes that it was used in self defense.’ “
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It’s almost as if old Wile E was never told that his fellow traveler , Al Gore , had invented this thing called the internet , the greatest fact-checking tool the average citizen has ever possessed . The man seems to think that the factually challenged pabulum that he regularly spews forth to curry the favor of his varied interest groups won’t find its way into the discourse of those of us who constitute the rabble .
There is tremendous satisfaction to be derived in watching this Obamadrama come unglued and self-destruct in slow motion . Make no mistake , these are professional manipulators and they still possess the power , waning though it is , of their bootlickers in the media and should not be taken lightly . Now is the time to redouble our efforts and see that come November the most incompetent administration in our nation’s history is handed their walking papers .
But there’s no reason we can’t enjoy the show .
” Don’t worry guys. Meryl Streep’s got this. Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour, too.
Our celebrity president dropped his “man of the people” mask last during a $40,000 a plate fundraiser at the home of commoners Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. The star-studded 1 percent crowd got to hear how much more important they are than those 99 percent plebs.
“You’re the tie-breaker,” he said. “You’re the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes.”
Obama has celebrities at the wheel, but he thinks the GOP is driving the car into the ditch? “
Out of touch , thy name is Barack “the private sector is fine” Obama .
Who else but ?
“There are monarchies and republics aplenty, but there’s only one 24/7 fundraising presidency.”
…. but Mark Steyn .
“Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee a few days ago — that’s 60 years on the throne. Just to put it in perspective, she’s been
queen since Harry S. Truman was president. At any rate, her jubilee has been a huge success,save for a few churlish republicans in various
corners of Her Majesty’s realms from London to Toronto to Sydney pointing out how absurd it is
for grown citizens to be fawning over a distant head of state who lives in a fabulous, glittering
cocoon entirely disconnected from ordinary life. “
“Which brings us to President Obama. ”
One more taste
” However, there are some cheap seats available. A year and a half ago, big-money Democrats in
Rhode Island paid $7,500 per person for the privilege of having dinner with President Obama
at a private home in Providence. He showed up for 20 minutes and then said he couldn’t stay for dinner.
“I’ve got to go home to walk the dog and scoop the poop,” he told them, because when you’ve paid seven-and-a-half grand for dinner nothing puts you in the mood to eat like a guy talking about canine fecal matter. “