UFOs & Government – Community Calendar – The Austin Chronicle

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UFOs & Government - Community Calendar - The Austin ChronicleRobert Powell of the Mutual UFO Network manages to avoid a large number of conspiracy theories as he explores the remarkable dearth of on-the-books investigations regarding unexplained phenomenon in the sky. Sat., March 29, 7pm. Free (donations appreciated).
Austin Center for Spiritual Living, 5555 N. Lamar Ste. D-115, Austin


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Scores of ships trapped by Texas oil spill

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Barge ship spilled some 160,000 gallons of heavy oil into Houston Ship Channel after collision.
By Danielle Haynes | March. 23, 2014 at 3:17 PMMarch. 23 (UPI) — A barge ship is spilling oil in the Houston Ship Channel after colliding with a ship Saturday near Texas City, Texas.
“It is an extremely serious spill,” said Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer. “There is a large quantity, it will spread.”Coast Guard officials believe some 160,000 gallons of heavy oil have already spilled into the water. The barge contained 924,000 gallons of fuel oil.The barge was being towed by the Miss Susan from Texas to Bolivar at the time of the collision. All six crew members of the Miss Susan were accounted for and two were treated at the hospital for hydrogen sulfide exposure.

The accident has shut down marine traffic in the channel from the Intracoastal Waterway to lighter buoy 32, as well as the Bolivar ferry.



Cleanup continues in Galveston area oil spill
By Conor Harrison on March 23, 2014 in Texas Fishing
592174At approximately 12:35 p.m. yesterday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call from the captain of the 585-foot bulk carrier Summer Wind, reporting a collision between the Summer Wind and a barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, towed by the motor vessel Miss Susan.The motor vessel Miss Susan was transiting from Texas City to Bolivar at the time of the collision. Kirby Inland Marine, owner of the motor vessel Miss Susan and the barges, activated its emergency response plan immediately and is working in a unified response with the Coast Guard and the Texas General Land Office, which are on scene.A sheen of oil has been reported on the water, but the quantity of product released is unknown at this time.Efforts to contain and recover oil spilled after a collision that occurred Saturday in the Houston Ship Channel continue with an aggressive deployment of all available response resources, Sunday.

Lightering operations to transfer remaining oil from the damaged barge are expected to be complete today. After the barges are decontaminated the damaged barge will be taken to a local shipyard for assessment and needed repairs.

The primary emphasis remains the safety of response personnel working in the area and the protection of environmentally sensitive habitats, including birds and marine life.

The Unified Command, consisting of a wide variety of federal, state and local government agencies have expanded the safety zone to include all areas between Lighted Buoy 3 and Lighted Buoy 40, to prevent other vessels from interfering with the response efforts and from inadvertently facilitating the spread of oil.

Approximately 35,000 feet of boom has been deployed in containment efforts and to mitigate the affect on the environment. The area immediately surrounding the damaged barge was quickly boomed on Saturday afternoon. The maximum capacity of the breached tank is 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil. The amount of released product still being assessed at this time.

The Bolivar ferry continues to be closed and persons with questions regarding transportation issues may contact 409-795-2230. On going air monitoring continues to show that there is no potential harm to residents or businesses in the area.

Wildlife Response Services, a Texas-based wildlife rehabilitation service has also been deployed to assist with any impacted birds or marine life. Persons who observe any impacted wildlife are urged to call 888-384-2000. As of 10 a.m. Sunday, there have been no reports of affected marine or wildlife.

Scores of ships trapped by Texas oil spill.

Could the U.S. Face a Cruise Missile Threat from the Gulf of Mexico? – NationalJournal.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin poses inside a cruise missile-equipped Tu-160 strategic bomber in 2005. The United States is working “very hard” to bolster its defenses against potential cruise-missile threats from the Gulf of Mexico, a senior military official said last week.(Vladimir Rodionov/AFP/Getty Images)

Could the U.S. Face a Cruise Missile Threat from the Gulf of Mexico? – NationalJournal.com.

Austin woman has taught piano for 81 years

Many of you have heard the saying, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” One Austin piano teacher says that’s been her case for 81 years and counting.

With ease and grace, Ruth Pignotti plays through Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue.

“It’s my very favorite piece!” she said.

She’s played the piano for nearly nine decades, and she’s not stopping any time soon.

“If you don’t play, it’s gone! It’s use it or lose it, that thing,” she said.

This week she turns 93 years old. She’s been teaching lessons for more than 81 years.

“I’m not stopping. No, I’m not stopping,” Pignotti laughed.

It’s all she’s known since she was 12, playing through the Depression and World War II.

“This is gonna feel, at the beginning, like a cowboy story,” she said. “Texas at the Staffle Feed and Grain Company.”

That’s where she met her teacher, a Russian pianist.



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ChupacabraCon – Austin, Texas January 17th to 19th, 2014

First Annual ChupacabraCon

Austin Creative Pathways recently announced our first annual roleplaying and board game convention, ChupacabraCon! The event will be held at the Hilton Austin Airport January 17-19, 2014. The convention will host numerous roleplaying games, board games, vendors, and speakers from the gaming community.



Austin Comic Con 2013

Coming Up Next Month … Competing with the 50th … JFK Coup / Kennedy Assassination Anniversary:

Austin Comic Con 2013
Wizard World Convention
November 22-23-24, 2013

Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701-4121

Show Hours:
Friday, November 22, 2013 – 3pm – 8pm
Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 10am – 7pm
Sunday, November 24, 2013 – 10am – 5pm

All full-price attendees will receive a limited-edition, exclusive cover variant of The Walking Dead #1! Artist will be on hand to sign (autograph fees may apply). Extremely limited quantities are available to fans only while supplies last!

All VIP attendees will receive (2) limited-edition, exclusive cover variants of The Walking Dead #1! A regular cover and sketch Black & White Cover! Artist will be on hand to sign (autograph fees may apply). Extremely limited quantities are available to fans only while supplies last!

**Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Per Paid Adult Tickets). All show tickets will be e-mailed AND available as a pdf file after purchase.**

Austin Comic Con ǁ Wizard World.

Mind Through the Looking Glass with Christian de Quincey, Tuesday 9/17/13

Live videoconference with Christian de Quincey, Ph.D.
Austin Center for Spiritual Living, 5555 N Lamar Blvd, Bldg D #115
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. CDT
Co-hosted by INACS and IONS Austin
Free and open to public; $5 donation appreciated
Please note that this event will NOT be available on the Web

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Rocksalt Magazine, Fall 2013, featuring art by Mack White and Many Others

Rocksalt Magazine — Fall 2013

The fall 2013 “Back to School” issue of ROCKSALT MAGAZINE! Featuring cover by Ghastly Gil Smith and centerfold by Gewel Kafka (gewelkafka.blogspot.com). If you are a fan of comics about DIRE SOUTHERN POLITICS, SUMMER PLANS, or THE NATURE OF ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP, or about many other things, this is what you ought to read.
  • Jason Poland (robbieandbobby.com)
  • Sam Hurt (eyebeam.com)
  • Jeanne Thornton (fictioncircus.com/Jeanne)
  • Mack White (mackwhite.com)
  • Ghastly Gilbert Smith (crithit.org/spooky)
  • Antonius Wolfsblut (muskville.com)
  • Geoff Sebesta (unnecessaryg.com)
  • Kevin Kobasic (keviemetal.blogspot.com/)
  • Maria Heg (ohdonteven.tumblr.com/)
  • John David Brown (flickr.com/photos/jdbrownpopart)
  • Dylan Edwards (studiondr.com)
  • Dieter Geisler (dietergeisler.com)
  • Kathleen Jacques (bvbcomix.com)


Lucid Dreaming and OBE with William Buhlman, Tuesday 7/16/13

LOWFI Fortean NewsLucid Dreaming and OBE with William Buhlman
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:30-9PM (CDT) Austin, TX / Presented by INACS  (LINK-TO-RSVP)
An exploration of their relationship Live Skype videoconference with William Buhlman, author of Adventures in the Afterlife Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:30–9 p.m. at the Austin Center for Spiritual Living Co-hosted by INACS and IONS Austin  – [...]

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