According to Army Times, our Army is now concentrating on fighting in ‘megacities’ of 20 million or more people against “criminal and extremist groups” who can “influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state.”
“It is inevitable that at some point the United States Army will be asked to operate in a megacity and currently the Army is ill-prepared to do so,” reported Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno’s Strategic Studies Group.
The military isn’t allowed to serve as police on American soil, but once the jihadists Obama has been bringing into the U.S. via our open border commits serious acts of terror, expect that to be thrown out the window as America has already been declared a ‘battlefield’ per S.1867, or the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
There are the largest cities as of 2015.
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The year 2012 in architecture involved some significant events.
- January 1 – Ada Bridge, one of the tallest bridges in Europe, is completed and open to the public in Belgrade, Serbia.
- January – Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum extension in Boston, Massachusetts, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop is opened.
- January – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel the tallest hotel in the world is opened is Dubai.
- February – Extension to Städel art gallery in Frankfurt, Germany, designed by schneider+schumacher, scheduled for opening.
- February 28 – Halley VI Research Station, designed by Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects, becomes operational in the Antarctic.
- February 29 – Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, is completed inSumida, Tokyo, Japan.
- March – Jerwood Gallery on The Stade in Hastings, England, designed by Hana Loftus and Tom Grieve of HAT Projects, opens.
- March 19 – Western concourse, London King’s Cross railway station, designed by John McAslan + Partners, is officially opened.
- March 24 – Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge, Warsaw, the eighth road bridge in the capital of Poland, is opened.
- March 29 – Refurbished Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney with new Mordant Wing, designed by Sam Marshall, opened.
- March 31 – Sandworm by Marco Casagrande is officially opened in the Beaufort04 Triennial of Contemporary art in Wenduine, Belgium. The work is both architecture and environmental art.
- April 4 – Twin Sails Bridge, Poole, England, by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, opened to traffic.
- April 10 – SeaCity Museum, Southampton, England, with extension by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, opened.
- June – Airport Link, a 6.7 km road tunnel in Brisbane, the longest in Australia, is completed.
- May 11 – ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower and sculpture in Olympic Park, London, designed by Anish Kapoor withCecil Balmond and Ushida Findlay Architects, unveiled.
- June 29 – Cloud Forest and Flower Dome Bay South Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, designed byWilkinson Eyre Architects (landscape design by Grant Associates), opened.
- July 3 – Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Northern Ireland designed by Heneghan Peng for the National Trust is opened.
- July 5 – Shard London Bridge, designed by Renzo Piano, is officially opened and becomes the tallest building in the European Union (2012–present).
- July 18 – Tate Modern, London, opens The Tanks performance art/installation space, refurbished by Herzog & de Meuron.
- July 27 – Opening of 2012 Summer Olympics based at Olympic Park, London, England, with site design by the EDAW Consortium (including EDAW and Buro Happold), working with Arup and WS Atkins; taken over by LDA Design in conjunction with Hargreaves Associates. Individual buildings include
- August 3 – Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane, Australia is officially opened.
- September 21 – Islamic art gallery at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, designed by Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti, opened.
- September 23 – Renovation and new wing for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architekten, opened to public.
- November 1: Mercury City Tower, in Moscow, topped-out to become the tallest building in Europe (2012–present).
- December 11 – Le Louvre-Lens art gallery in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France, designed by SANAA, is opened.
- Baluarte Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in Latin America, projected for completion.
- ME Hotel, London, designed by Foster and Partners, is opened.
- Princess Tower, the world’s tallest residential building, is completed in Dubai.
- Soleil, the tallest building in Brisbane, Australia designed by DBI Design, is completed.
- Astley Castle in North Warwickshire, England, is refurbished for the Landmark Trust by Witherford Watson Mann Architects (winner, Stirling Prize, 2013).
- University of Limerick Medical School in Ireland designed by Grafton Architects.
- Sarajevo City Center projected for completion.
- Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art new buildings are opened in Oslo, Norway.
- October – The fifth World Architecture Festival is held in Singapore.
- 1 November: Mercury City Tower in Moscow becomes the tallest building in Europe.
- 30 April: 1 WTC surpasses the height of the Empire State Building to become the tallest building in New York City.
- October: Second hurricane survival of 1 WTC.
- October 17: Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City, designed by Louis Kahn, is opened with a dedication ceremony.
- 11 December: 1 WTC’s spire comes to New York City.
- AIA Architecture Firm Award – Vincent James Associates Architects
- AIA Gold Medal – Steven Holl
- Alvar Aalto Medal – Paulo David
- Emporis Skyscraper Award – Absolute World in Mississauga designed by Burka Architects and MAD Studio
- Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate – Henning Larsen
- Pritzker Architecture Prize – Wang Shu
- Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture – Michael Graves
- RAIA Gold Medal – Lawrence Nield
- RIBA Royal Gold Medal – Herman Hertzberger
- Stirling Prize – Stanton Williams, for Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University
- Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture – Rafael Moneo
- Twenty-five Year Award – Frank Gehry for Gehry Residence, Santa Monica
- Vincent Scully Prize – Paul Goldberger
- January 4 – Rod Robbie (b. 1928), Canadian architect
- January 8 – John Madin (b. 1924), English architect
- March 21 – Bruno Giacometti (b. 1907), Swiss architect
- June 4 – Peter Beaven (b. 1925), New Zealand architect
- June 15 – Günther Domenig (b. 1934), Austrian architect
- June 19 – Gerhard M. Kallmann (b. 1915), German-born American architect
- August 26 – Peter L. Shelton (b. 1945), American architect and interior designer
- October 6 – Ulrich Franzen (b. 1921), German-born American architect
- October 26 – John M. Johansen (b. 1916), American architect
- October 30 – Lebbeus Woods (b. 1940), American architect and artist
- November 1 – Gae Aulenti (b. 1927), Italian architect, interior and lighting designer
- November 4 – David Resnick (b.1924), Brazilian-born Israeli architect and town planner
- December 5 – Oscar Niemeyer (b. 1907), Brazilian architect
- December 14 – Alan Colquhoun (b. 1921), British architect
(Reuters) – An elderly woman was found beheaded at a house in a north London suburb on Thursday, British media reported, in an incident that police said did not appear to be terrorist related.
Officers said they were called to the house in Edmonton following reports of a man armed with a knife, and found the woman’s body in the garden. She was named as 82-year-old Palmira Silva who detectives believe is of Italian descent.
“Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related,” said Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin who is leading the investigation.
He declined to confirm reports that the woman had been beheaded, or say what weapon was used in the attack.
Police said a man, 25, had been arrested on suspicion of murder by armed officers at the scene after they used a stun gun. One officer suffered a suspected broken wrist during the arrest.
Earlier, there was an attempt to attack two other people at a house on the same street but they escaped unharmed.
The reported nature of the killing had prompted speculation that the murder might be a terrorism incident after last year’s gruesome murder of a British soldier in London, and the recent release of videos by Islamic State jihadists showing two U.S. journalists being beheaded apparently by a British national.
“This is was a highly visible attack in broad daylight on a residential street,” said Sandlin in a statement. “I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage.”
World famous astrologer Philip Levine, founder in 1985 of Sirius Astrological Services, told me in an exclusive interview that the new Royal baby is definitely a complete Cancerian. “Very Cancer (4 planets; none in Leo), but just barely Cancer (29 degrees, 58 minutes of Cancer for Sun),” said astrologer Levine.
George Alexander Louis
The royal baby is named George Alexander Louis, the Clarence House has announced. Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, name their baby George Alexander Louis. He will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
It is generally acknowledged that the current son of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, when he becomes king, will be known as King George VII. There is no direct connection between the first name given to princes and what name they will use as kings. The new Prince George might be King Alexander or King Louis someday, for example.
He also may have a pet name around the castle, but that will be kept private for some time. The word formed by his initials, GAL, probably will not be used as a nickname – and one wonders if much forethought was given about this combination.
Here are the meanings behind George Alexander Louis.
George is from the Greek name Γεωργιος (Georgios) which was derived from the Greek word γεωργος (georgos) meaning “farmer, earthworker”, itself derived from the elements γη (ge) “earth” and εργον (ergon) “work.”
Saint George was a 3rd-century Roman soldier from Palestine who was martyred during the persecutions of emperor Diocletian. Later legends describe his defeat of a dragon, with which he was often depicted in medieval art. Initially Saint George was primarily revered by Eastern Christians, but returning crusaders brought stories of him to Western Europe and he became the patron of England, Portugal, Catalonia and Aragon.
The name was rarely used in England until the German-born George I came to the British throne in the 18th century. Five subsequent British kings have borne the name. Other famous bearers include two kings of Greece, the composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), the first president of the United States, George Washington (1732-1797), and the Pacific explorer George Vancouver (1757-1798). This was also the pen name of authors George Eliot (1819-1880) and George Orwell (1903-1950), real names Mary Anne Evans and Eric Arthur Blair respectively.
Alexander is the Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξανδρος (Alexandros), which meant “defending men” from Greek αλεξω (alexo) “to defend, help” and ανηρ (aner) “man” (genitive ανδρος). In Greek mythology this was another name of the hero Paris, and it also belongs to several characters in the New Testament.
Alexander the Great
The most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, King of Macedon. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame, and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe. The name has been used by kings of Scotland, Poland and Yugoslavia, emperors of Russia, and eight popes. Other notable bearers include English poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744), American statesman Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), Scottish-Canadian explorer Sir Alexander MacKenzie (1764-1820), Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), and Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), the Scottish-Canadian-American inventor of the telephone.
Louis is the French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of Ludwig.
One form of the name, as the words Lewis and Louveteau, which, in their original meaning, import two very different things, have in Freemasonry an equivalent signification – the former being used in English, the latter in French, to designate the son of a Mason. Within Freemasonry, Lewis is a significant name.
Louis XIV, the Sun King of France
The form Louis was the name of 18 kings of France, starting with Louis I the son of Charlemagne, and including Louis IX (Saint Louis) who led two crusades and Louis XIV (the “Sun King”) who was the ruler of France during the height of its power, the builder of the Palace of Versailles, and the longest reigning monarch in the history of Europe. Apart from among royalty, this name was only moderately popular in France during the Middle Ages. After the French Revolution, when Louis XVI was guillotined, it became less common. The Normans brought the name to England, where it was usually spelled Lewis, though the spelling Louis has been more common in America. Famous bearers include French scientist Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Métis leader Louis Riel (1844-1885), who led a rebellion against Canada, and Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), who wrote Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Acknowledged sources of information include CNN, ABC News, Behind the Name, The Masonic Dictionary, and various