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The Bahamas From Space

Canadin Chris Hadfield shares with BBC news what it is like to live in outer space.

“Once we survive that, it’s just a steady threat of radiation, meteorite impacts, and vehicle system failure like fire or ammonia breakthrough,” he posted.

Describing how the space looked from beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, Mr Hadfield wrote: “It looks like a carpet of countless tiny perfect unblinking lights in endless velvet, with the Milky Way as a glowing area of paler texture.”

He said that Australia looked “coolest”, calling the colours and textures of the Outback “severely artistic”.

“The most beautiful to me are the Bahamas, the vast glowing reefs of every shade of blue that exists,” he added. [BBC News – Astronaut answers Reddit site questions from space]

Weather – Nassau

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What To See in Bimini

Bimini is home to the finest fishing in the Bahamas, that attract many a sportsmen to the championship fishing tournaments held year round. Bimini is where the waters of Florida’s Gulfstream meets The Bahama Banks. For diving fans, don’t forget to visit the underwater stone formation rumored to be part of the Lost City of Atlantis.

Author Ernest Hemingway, who first visited Bimini in 1935 (he lived there until 1937), engaged in sport-fishing fishing in Bimini for a number of years. In fact fishing in Bimini is so good, that Ernest Hemingway wrote a book about it–Islands In The Stream. However, why read Ernest’s stories about the Biminis, when you can make your own…in Bimini.

North Bimini was also a location for the closing sequence of the movie Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Bimini Bay Resort Bahamas Tops Tourism Records

 

Bimini Bay Resort Bahamas Tops Tourism Records: Approximately 150 Boats and 1,100 Guests Arrive in Bimini for the Weekend

BIMINI, Bahamas, July 19, 2007 From July 12-15, Bimini Bay Resort and Marina played host to the 21st annual Latin Builders Association of South Florida (LBA) fishing tournament where approximately 150 boats and yachts and nearly 1,100 guests traveled across the Bahamian channel for a weekend of fun and relaxation at Bimini Bay Resort and Marina.

Located only 48 miles off the coast of South Florida, vacationers made the short trip to the small island of Bimini enjoying a weekend of Bahamian-inspired cuisine prepared by the resorts award-winning Executive Chef Wayde Sweeting, games and nights filled with music and dancing and fun-filled days of fishing, boating and beach volleyball on white sandy beaches. The weekend was topped off with an awards banquet in the bayfront event facility overlooking Biminis emerald green waters.

The tournament was such a riveting success that we will begin a tradition of holding future LBA tournaments at Bimini Bay Resort and Marina, said LBA Tournament Director, Ernesto Portuondo. Guests now get to fish in the Big Game fishing capital of the world while enjoying upscale amenities and accommodations offered at a first-class resort and marina that has brought life back to our beloved Bimini.

According to the Bimini Tourism Office, the tournament and resort brought in record-breaking numbers to the island of Bimini over the three-day period totaling 1,097 tourists who traveled by air and sea to the island. When compared to the same weekend in 2006, numbers dictate a 50 percent increase in tourism. Local vendors benefited from the surplus of visitors including the towns golf cart rental which completely sold out and the straw market which had its grand opening during the weekend. The island hasnt seen numbers like this since July 4th weekend of 2006, stated Acting Manager of the Bimini Tourism Office, Antoinette Stuart. We are really starting to see the revitalization of Bimini.

This was the 15th year that the LBA hosted the tournament in Bimini, making it the largest turnout ever with a total of 73 boats that registered for the fishing competition. After three days of intense fishing, there were five successful billfish releases, plus anglers brought tuna, dolphin and kingfish to the weigh-In station. The largest fish at weigh-in was a 93-pound yellowfin tuna.

Bimini Bay Resort has continued to shine hosting nearly 20 events and tournaments to date which has really benefited the economy of the island. Guests can enjoy staying in beautifully-appointed condominiums and treehouses as well as appreciate upscale amenities such as the resorts infinity pool and grill and best restaurant on the island, Casa Lyon. Bimini Bay looks forward to breaking more records in the future as it continues to expand with the Conrad Hotel, casino, spa, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed links golf course and a second private island.

Did Christopher Columbus Discover The New World?

Dr. Michael Berliner explains why Columbus discovered the Americas and why Columbus should be honored.

Columbus Day approaches and this year has a special meaning. Christopher Columbus is a carrier of Western Civilization and the very values attacked by terrorists on September 11. To the “politically correct,” Columbus Day is an occasion to be mourned. They have mourned, they have attacked, and they have intimidated schools across the country into replacing Columbus Day celebrations with “ethnic diversity” days.

The politically correct view is that Columbus did not discover America, because people had lived here for thousands of years. Worse yet, it’s claimed, the main legacy of Columbus is death and destruction. Columbus is routinely vilified as a symbol of slavery and genocide, and the celebration of his arrival likened to a celebration of Hitler and the Holocaust. The attacks on Columbus are ominous, because the actual target is Western civilization.

Did Columbus “discover” America? Yes–in every important respect. This does not mean that no human eye had been cast on America before Columbus arrived. It does mean that Columbus brought America to the attention of the civilized world, i.e., to the growing, scientific civilizations of Western Europe. The result, ultimately, was the United States of America. It was Columbus’ discovery for Western Europe that led to the influx of ideas and people on which this nation was founded–and on which it still rests. The opening of America brought the ideas and achievements of Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and the thousands of thinkers, writers, and inventors who followed.

Prior to 1492, what is now the United States was sparsely inhabited, unused, and undeveloped. The inhabitants were primarily hunter-gatherers, wandering across the land, living from hand-to-mouth and from day-to-day. There was virtually no change, no growth for thousands of years. With rare exception, life was nasty, brutish, and short: there was no wheel, no written language, no division of labor, little agriculture and scant permanent settlement; but there were endless, bloody wars. Whatever the problems it brought, the vilified Western culture also brought enormous, undreamed-of benefits, without which most of today’s Indians would be infinitely poorer or not even alive.

Columbus should be honored, for in so doing, we honor Western civilization. But the critics do not want to bestow such honor, because their real goal is to denigrate the values of Western civilization and to glorify the primitivism, mysticism, and collectivism embodied in the tribal cultures of American Indians. They decry the glorification of the West as “cultural imperialism” and “Eurocentrism.” We should, they claim, replace our reverence for Western civilization with multi-culturalism, which regards all cultures (including vicious tyrannies) as morally equal. In fact, they aren’t. Some cultures are better than others: a free society is better than slavery; reason is better than brute force as a way to deal with other men; productivity is better than stagnation. In fact, Western civilization stands for man at his best. It stands for the values that make human life possible: reason, science, self-reliance, individualism, ambition, productive achievement. The values of Western civilization are values for all men; they cut across gender, ethnicity, and geography. We should honor Western civilization not for the ethnocentric reason that some of us happen to have European ancestors but because it is the objectively superior culture.

Underlying the political collectivism of the anti-Columbus crowd is a racist view of human nature. They claim that one’s identity is primarily ethnic: if one thinks his ancestors were good, he will supposedly feel good about himself; if he thinks his ancestors were bad, he will supposedly feel self-loathing. But it doesn’t work; the achievements or failures of one’s ancestors are monumentally irrelevant to one’s actual worth as a person. Only the lack of a sense of self leads one to look to others to provide what passes for a sense of identity. Neither the deeds nor misdeeds of others are his own; he can take neither credit nor blame for what someone else chose to do. There are no racial achievements or racial failures, only individual achievements and individual failures. One cannot inherit moral worth or moral vice. “Self-esteem through others” is a self-contradiction.

Thus the sham of “preserving one’s heritage” as a rational life goal. Thus the cruel hoax of “multicultural education” as an antidote to racism: it will continue to create more racism. Individualism is the only alternative to the racism of political correctness. We must recognize that everyone is a sovereign entity, with the power of choice and independent judgment. That is the ultimate value of Western civilization, and it should be proudly proclaimed.

Copyright (c) 2003 Ayn Rand(r) Institute. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.

Christopher Columbus: A Legacy of Destruction?

Most Columbus Days are marked by rabid condemnations of the explorer as a genocidal maniac bent on destroying the peaceful and innocent native peoples who populated the Caribbean islands which Columbus discovered. These condemnations are not only unwarranted but indicative of the hatred those delivering them have for all that Columbus stood for and brought to the primitive New World. He has been unfairly demonized by politically correct and Marxist historians like Howard Zinn and others.

Two myths regarding Columbus to dispel quickly are 1) that everyone thought the world was flat while he thought it was round and 2) that the legacy of Columbus was one of death and destruction.

Columbus and everyone else who was educated in Europe knew the Earth was round, a fact which had been proven by the Ancient Greeks. What Columbus got wrong was the circumference of the Earth, causing him to think he could sail from Europe to Asia going west, which of course you can, but lucky for him the Americas were in his way or he would have ended up starving.

The legacy of Columbus was not death and destruction. Most Indian deaths were caused by the introduction of diseases that the Europeans brought with them unwittingly. It must also be remembered that the Indians living in the Americas were largely primitive Stone Age level savages who advanced little in the thousands of years they inhabited North and South America. [1] The two built up “civilizations” of the Americas, those of the Incas and the Aztecs, were hardly much better, being built upon irrationality, human sacrifice, and brutal primitivism.

Contrary to the myth of the peaceful natives who Europe unleashed war upon, warfare existed in plenty before Columbus arrived and it continued as the Indians clashed with the European explorers and each other. When Cortes and Pizzaro arrived there were tribes, held in tributary bondage to both the Aztec and Incas, that were more than willing to help in toppling theses “thriving civilizations.” [2]

It’s always asserted that we, like Columbus, stole the land of the Indians. This seems dubious considering the nomadic nature of many of the peoples he encountered and their lack of private property or organized settlements.

What was there to steal?

The land was not in use, evidenced by the pathetic level of any kind of progress, intellectual or material, on the part of nearly all Indian tribes despite thousands of years in lands of great plenty and separated from the other people of the world who could have potentially meddled with them.

What is the true legacy of Columbus? We are. The Discovery of the New World allowed people to start anew away from the absolutist and mercantilist kingdoms of Europe.

All the ideas upon which our country was predicated individual rights, capitalism and limited republican government, were allowed to flourish in an environment far away from the Kings and aristocrats of the Old World.

The Indians, forced either to join civilization or cling to their primitive savagery, became as the nomadic barbarians of the Old World. But unlike their Old World counterparts, the ridiculously low development of Indian “civilization” in comparison to that of the Europeans and the later colonists didn’t allow them to have the same devastating effects the Huns, Mongols, Vikings, Vandals, and others had had. As a result their tribal primitivism and mystical world view was supplanted by the budding fruits of human reason which eventually led to the foundation of the American Republic.

Why are the condemnations of Columbus so visceral and continual year after year? We’re told in college that “all cultures are equal” and that to prefer our culture over any other is “ethnocentrism.” This is absurd. If all cultures are equal then why do people move, predominantly, to prospering societies as opposed to tribal primitive Indian-type societies? The answer is simply that not all cultures are equal. Some cultures are, indeed, better than others.

But the goal of such bromides as “all cultures are equal” is to tear down cultures like ours which are, by every objective standard, far better than the savage primitives out in the middle of forests and oceans who eat other people, or sacrifice them to the sun or volcanoes, or practice any other absurdity.

Humans, having the ability to reason, are in a unique position to prosper far more successfully than any other animal. Columbus was the harbinger of reason for the New World which was devoid of it, a situation which was inexcusable.

Similarly, any defense of the pre-Columbus condition is glorifying perpetual irrational primitivism and death while condemning the introduction of reason and the ideas that flowed from it. Columbus is thus cursed when in fact he should be thanked, not only by us, but by the descendents of the Indians who escaped conditions that, barely better than death, their ancestors experienced millennia after millennia.

Thank you Christopher Columbus.

This article was authored By Alexander Marriott and is reprinted here by permission.

[1] This, of course is not an issue of race. Much like Christian Europe after the fall of Rome until Thomas Aquinas was populated almost exclusively by savages, most of whom were white. They were entirely mystical and backward, much like the Indians of North and South America. Vikings, Huns, and the Germanic tribes that invaded the western half of the Roman Empire were all savages also and they were mostly or entirely white as well. Savagery is the result of persistent individual choice to do nothing and refusing to think. It is caused by the constant individual acceptance of irrationalism and mysticism that has absolutely nothing to do with skin color, location, or ancestry. It was the state of all humans, white, black, brown, and red, for most of human history–if you go back far enough all of our ancestors were savages. It took the actions of individuals to reason things out consistently from one generation to the next, bringing themselves out of stone-age primitivism.

[2] Columbus, like most of the men of his day, accepted the idea of slavery and so he did enslave Indians. This was highly immoral and is a blight upon his record, but, to be fair, the Indians themselves took slaves amongst their various tribes, usually in the form of tributes.