Boeing to buy North Charleston plant


Boeing Co.’s announcement that it will pay $580 million in cash for the North Charleston, SC, plant where the company’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes are built could lead to the  establishment of a second 787 assembly plant at the location.

At least, that’s been the speculation in aerospace circles in recent days. 

“I’m certain the acquisition is going to happen, and I think the odds are 70 to 80 or 90 percent that the line will be there,” said Scott Hamilton, aerospace analyst for Washington-based Leeham Cos., earlier this month, before the deal was announced.

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Singing kumbaya doesn’t pay the bills


While there’s no doubt that many involved in the Green Movement believe much of the tripe they’re ramming down our throats, one has to wonder if even they at some point question the inanity put forth in the name of “saving the environment.”

Take this bit of “wisdom,” found in last month’s Greater Columbia Business Monthly in an article called “Green Trends Growing in Popularity”:

Research shows that “green” will be the baseline for competition in the next generation. Future employees will make employment decisions based on which companies are “making a difference” or have developed a culture that is good for the environment.

That may be one of the stupider sentiments put down in print in some time. But given that the authors work for a firm that describes itself as having a “passion for sustainable contemporary design,” perhaps the idiocy is understandable. 

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Vatican fresco may show Michelangelo


Vatican artisans working to restore frescos on the walls of a chapel inside St. Peter’s Basilica may have found a self portrait of Michelangelo.

During the restoration of the walls of the Pauline Chapel,Vatican restorers discovered within Michelangelo’s fresco “The Crucifixion of St. Peter” what appears to be a depiction of a horseman in a blue turban that they believe could be a self portrait of the great artist, according to Euronews.

“Reasons to suspect that the face is in fact a sneaky self-portrait include the intricate brushwork,” the publication reported. “The detailing of the face, in particular the beard, the moustache, the hair, has been painted with the tip of the brush to achieve precise details, which given the distance between the fresco on the ceiling and the people looking at it would have been unnecessary.”

The frescos were painted by Michelangelo when he was 75 and were his last, which gives credence to the idea that he may have wanted to leave his mark, Euronews added.

Verifying whether the image is really a self-portrait of Michelangelo would be very difficult and restorers admit that it’s unlikely anyone will ever be sure the image is really a self-portrait of the artist.

The frescos were painted between 1542 and 1549 and are in a private chapel only used by the Pope and not normally open to the public. The chapel was commemorated by Pope Benedict on July 4.