Cockpit of a 787 Dreamliner
At its closest point, known as the perigee, the Moon is only 363,104 km (225,622 miles). And at its most distant point, called apogee, the Moon gets to a distance of 406,696 km (252,088 miles).
Sammy Davis, Jr. was an American singer, entertainer and actor. He was a diminutive little fella who had the energy of a frantic. He was part of the famous “Rat Pack” which included Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. His big hit was “Candy Man”.
Last night I checked out a movie titled Salt & Pepper starring Sammy and another rat packer Peter Lawford. A comedy with lots of tunes involving murder and espionage, it was somewhat enjoyable. The best part was Sammy doing a slam bam pop cut with sexy dancers on the stage of his club.
The flick is so 1960′s. With all the groove and crazy clothes. Everybody in the movie smokes cigarettes.
Russia has close economic ties with the UK and the rest of the EU so any trade and financial sanctions are likely to hurt both sides. Find out more about which countries do the most business with Russia in the series of charts below.
The EU ranks as Russia’s number one trading partner, accounting for almost 41% of all trade.
Trade between the two economies has grown steadily and reached record levels in 2012.
EU exports to Russia are dominated by machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, medicines and agricultural products.
Imports to the EU from Russia are dominated by crude oil and gas. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), European countries import 84% of Russia’s oil exports, and about 76% of its natural gas.
Germany is the single biggest importer of Russian oil and gas, while the UK buys about 6% of Russia’s gas.
The US is also an important trading partner for Russia. In 2013, the value of its imports was $26.9bn, more than double the value of its exports. The US imports about 5% of Russian oil.
The pipeline matrix
Canadian cities with the highest homicide rates:
Prince George, British Columbia
Seven murders gave the city top spot in 2010, well above the national rate. Prince George, B.C., consistently has a high homicide rate: in 2009, its rate was 121 per cent above the national rate, exactly where it was in 2000.
Worst cities (% higher than national average)
1. Prince George, B.C. (486%)
2. Wood Buffalo, Alta (202%)
3. Saskatoon (168%)
4. Thunder Bay, Ont. (163%)
5. Regina (148%)
Drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability, corruption, and poverty have combined to make Latin America by far the most homicidal region of the world.
Despite having around 9% of the world’s population, the region is home to 28% of the world’s murders, according to the United Nations.
The highest murder rate of all is in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with 169 homicides per 100,000 people, according to a study published earlier this year by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The ranking is based on 2012 data, except for San Pedro Sula and Distrito Central in Honduras, where authorities would not cooperate and 2011 data was used.
The study does not count deaths in a war zone or cities where data was not available.
Forty-one of the top 50 dangerous cities are located in Latin America. U.S. cities also made the list, lead by New Orleans at 21st, along with Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Oakland.
|Rank||Municipality||Country||Homicides (2011)||Population (2011)||Homicides per 100,000|
|1||San Pedro Sula||Honduras||1,143||719,447||158.87|
|12||Guatemala City (metropolitan)||Guatemala||2,248||3,014,060||74.58|
|16||Tepic (metropolitan area)||Mexico||299||439,362||68.05|
|20||San Salvador||El Salvador||1,343||2,290,790||58.63|
|21||New Orleans||United States||199||343,829||57.88|
|22||Salvador (and RMS)||Brazil||2,037||3,574,804||56.98|
|25||San Juan||Puerto Rico||225||427,789||52.60|
|37||Cape Town||South Africa||1,521||3,740,026||40.66|
|38||Monterrey (metropolitan area)||Mexico||1,680||4,160,339||40.38|
|41||Port Elizabeth (NMBMM)||South Africa||381||1,050,930||36.25|
|43||St. Louis||United States||113||319,294||35.39|
|47||Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)||Mexico||198||630,174||31.42|
|50||City of Johannesburg||South Africa||1,186||3,888,180||30.50|
The cheerfully blasphemous “Son-O’-God Comics” that ran in a few 1970s issues of National Lampoon magazine.
In the Lampoon version of the New Testament’s central figure, “Benny Davis” a nerdy failure-to-launch boychick still living with his parents in Brooklyn, says the name “JESUS CHRIST!” (but not in vain) and transforms (ala Captain Marvel) into a muscular WASP super-hero version of Jesus with a six-pack, cape and halo, ready to do battle with Catholicism, Islam, the Scarlet Woman of Babylon, the Antichrist and even Bob Dylan.
The occasionally recurring strip was written by Sean Kelly (who would go on to become the founding editor of Heavy Metal magazine) and Michel Choquette, and (mostly) drawn by well-known comics artist Neal Adams, a “Silver Age” illustrator who worked on Batman for DC and a gazillion other comics.