Friday, September 30, 2005

£5.6bn treasure find on Crusoe island

"A REMOTE island off the coast of Chile where the real-life Robinson Crusoe was stranded has now provided treasure hunters with a find which could be worth as much as £5.6 billion.

A group of adventurers on the hunt for booty from the Spanish colonial era on Mas-a-Tierra - also known as Robinson Crusoe Island - have found an estimated 600 barrels of gold coins and Incan jewels buried deep on the remote Pacific outpost.

Fernando Uribe Etxeverria, a lawyer who is advising the Chilean team, said: "It is the greatest treasure in history."

Bounty-seekers have visited the famous island for centuries, seeking the treasure rumoured to have been abandoned by a Spanish sailor in the 18th century. But a new expedition using a metal detecting robot which can scan soil up to 50 metres deep has finally uncovered the haul.

The island is the spot where Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned in 1704 after arguing with his captain. Selkirk lived on the tiny island for four years and four months before he was rescued. His adventures later inspired Daniel Defoe to write the book Robinson Crusoe.

Last week, a team of archaeologists, including Scottish expert Dr David Caldwell, found the site of the Fife-born sailor's base camp, where he would hopefully look out for ships, after finding a bronze tip that belonged to a pair of Selkirk's navigational dividers."- Scotsman News

I know that "£" equals 1.7655 US dollars, so sometime I'll do the convertion. But anyway, it's really a cool discovery.

Army in Worst Recruiting Slump in Decades

"The Army is closing the books on one of the leanest recruiting years since it became an all-volunteer service three decades ago, missing its enlistment target by the largest margin since 1979 and raising questions about its plans for growth.

Many in Congress believe the Army needs to get bigger — perhaps by 50,000 soldiers over its current 1 million — in order to meet its many overseas commitments, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army already is on a path to add 30,000 soldiers, but even that will be hard to achieve if recruiters cannot persuade more to join the service.

Officials insist the slump is not a crisis."- Yahoo news

Is it time for the draft? Well, maybe not yet, but if America invades another terrorist region, the draft may become an option. What do you guys think?

Update 2

Hi all,

Sorry, I've been gone for a while, my family and I just went up to northern New York/ Vermont. Monday we toured Fort Ticonderoga, a key fort in a key location during the French and Indian war. It's set up in the shape of a star so that the cannons could fire upon a target in almost any position, even at another section of the fort in case it was taken by an enemy. The fort held a couple dozen cannons, most of them at least 300 years old. Ticonderoga actually lay in ruins for many years until the early 1900s when work on restoring it began. Very cool, although it rained the entire time we were there.

Tuesday, we explored Ausable Chasms, very picturesque and awesome. We got to do some rafting as well, which was very exciting as there were several minor rapids and everbody got soaked. Then we sailed on Lake Champlain for two hours, looking for their "sea-monster", Champ, but couldn't find it. :) All in all, it was a very exciting/ educational trip, which I definitely recommend. The only thing was that the towns up there had TERRIBLE food, absolutely terrible.... :(

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

LOST season premiere

LOST Season 2 premieres tonight 8/7 central only on ABC!!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Australian downfall

Today in church, my pastor read a letter he had received a couple of days ago. John Howard ( prime-minister of Australia) has instated "anti- vilification laws." These outlaw any vilification of any race, religion, group, sect, etc.. ( you can read more about these laws online, Google news, Crickey Website, and other Australian sources). A friend of my pastor has been tried and sentenced to time in prison ( I'm not sure how much, though), for speaking out against Islam when preaching. Witnessing to unbelievers against this religion, has landed a good Christian missionary in prison. Not only is this law anti-freedom of speech, but totally sinful. Remember this comes from Australia! Not a Communist country like China or Vietnam. Another chaplain was imprisoned for reading a part in the Bible that talks against witchcraft! All the man did, was read God's Word, and was imprisoned for breaking the law. ( He was preaching to some crowd and was heard by a witch who took him to court). This is really incredibly outrageous! My pastor's friend is currently appealing the sentence, so my prayers go out to him, Australia, and it's people....


Hi all,

Sorry I haven't been around much, but it has been really busy with school starting and all other summer stuff. My sister got a job so I have been given more household responsibility and chores. Just wanted to let you all know I'm still alive and well!