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New Evidence Indicates Amelia Earhart Survived For a Time on Pacific Atoll

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the just-a-speck-against-the-sky dept.

The Military 365

In light of new evidence publicly released Friday showing artifacts believed to have been Amelia Earhart's, the U.S. Navy is prepping a mission to investigate the area where they were found. Next month marks the 75th anniversary of Earhart's disappearance, but the just-announced discovery of personal effects and the evidence of cooking represents the most concrete evidence yet that she did not simply crash into the ocean.

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Yay (3, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | about 2 years ago | (#40203507)

Good on her for surviving

Re:Yay (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203569)

The most amazing part is that after WWII she managed to turn an escaped Hitler into not such a bad guy. That's not to mention how she helped Elvis start to eat better. She was an amazing person.

Re:Yay (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203897)

She didn't survive long. She was eaten by giant sized coconut crabs. I kid you not. Google it. Plenty of evidence there that giant crabs ate her. Coconut crabs can be as large as garbage cans.

Re:Yay (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40204083)

No, dumb ass. They're saying Coconut Crabs may have eaten her and carried away her bones after she died, not killed her.

Tough call (4, Insightful)

arcite (661011) | about 2 years ago | (#40203997)

Crash land into the ocean and die relatively instantly.... or land on a chunk of useless rock, last for a few days eating fish or crabs, then dying a slow horrible death from dehydration and exposure.

Re:Tough call (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about 2 years ago | (#40204047)

or land on a chunk of useless rock, last for a few days eating fish or crabs, then dying a slow horrible death from dehydration and exposure.

Worse -- in Soviet Kiribati, crabs eat you [msn.com] .

Re:Tough call (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40204201)

Third option: understand basic survival techniques and live a long time

Re:Tough call (5, Insightful)

JWSmythe (446288) | about 2 years ago | (#40204279)

    Just a rough guess from the article, it wasn't a short while. I'd say at least a few weeks. Who knows what finally did them in though. A little while without rain could have depleted their water supply. Exposure to the sun could have done it. There wasn't a mention of any makeshift cover. For all we know, a particularly nasty storm could have swept them out to sea. A 1938 report stated that the highest point was 16 feet above low sea level, and nothing is to say that they camped at the highest point. Looking at the island with Google Maps, it appears the sea sweeps across the southern side on a regular basis.

    It would be nice to think they only survived for days. It could have been months. With no real supplies, something as simple as a cut could have been fatal.

    In any case, they didn't survive. That is very unfortunate, as they could have if they had been found in time.

Indeed (-1, Troll)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about 2 years ago | (#40203531)

I was just saying that she was awesome and the USA is the devil. Funny how these things are considinses. Ayay, theUSA is the devil and tehcapoitalism is thge devil of the devil to the maximim extent pluse!!!!! I thinke the socialismems 9s the futor forthe world and if yoyu are a capitlastorastupidheadgo away andeat flubiunkjnbjw you fat capitalist pig tord!!!!!!!!! Ailia heaherhrt was my girlfriend andshe isw better than your girldfr0oekks because you don't have a girlfirnd you capitqlist exploiter wtitalians!!!!!! I loveAmueuiks Earhart andthe U.S.A. is the devil nd it is stupid andbad and the devil anbd I am the best, andChinai is the best, and Amili8uu (my girdlefriedb!!!) Earhartis also the bestst!!!! AWESOME!

Who? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203535)

No offense, but who is she? Can't you add this information in the damn summary?

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203567)

Out of curiosity what country are you from?

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203609)

Most people have heard of the first woman to solo the Atlantic; it's a matter of basic historical education. If you haven't, can't you just search it yourself?

Re:Who? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203643)

Most people have heard of the first woman to solo the Atlantic; it's a matter of basic historical education. If you haven't, can't you just search it yourself?

I'm sure you talk a lot about her in US, but the world is not limited to US (common knowledge in the rest of the world). Neither is Internet and Slashdot, so it would really be appreciated to provide proper information in the summary.

Re:Who? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203907)

How the fuck are Americans supposed to know if the rest of the world knows who Amelia Earhart is. Get off your lazy ass and google her.

Re:Who? (2, Insightful)

MisterSquid (231834) | about 2 years ago | (#40203909)

I'm sure you talk a lot about her in US, but the world is not limited to US (common knowledge in the rest of the world).

That's right, bitch, USians only care about Amelia Earhart because she's Amuhrican, not because she's the FIRST WOMAN TO SOLO ACROSS THE ATLANTIC.

Make sure you KEEP your sexist, ethnocentric, xenophobic ass in that backwater you call a country and stay the hell away from us.

Re:Who? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203979)

I'm not from the US but because I've had a basic education I've heard of her. Maybe every word in every summary should link to a dictionary or wikipedia page so even the dumbest visitor understands them?

Re:Who? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40204173)

"I'm sure you talk a lot about her in US"

Ummm.. dude. She's, at least, the most famous female aviator of that era. She gets 6 MILLION google hits. She's one of the most famous pilots of all time, among either sex.

You think there's a more famous female pilot of that era, tell us who you think it is, and we'll see. There isn't. It's her. It would be like me saying, "Sure, I'm sure you talk about Yuri Gagarin a lot in Russia, but I'm from the USA, so how should I have heard of him?" Well, the answer is that unless I have no clue at all about history, I know who he is even though I'm not from Russia.

Sheesh. By the way, Emelia has far more google references than Yuri. That should tell you something.

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40204317)

We don't talk about her any more than any other historically famous person. The fact that you don't know who she is shows you have a lack of common knowledge, not that she's only famous in the USA.

It's like asking who Neil Armstrong or the Wright brothers are. If you don't know, then you've been living under a rock, regardless of which country you live in.

Re:Who? (5, Insightful)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 years ago | (#40203615)

I guess the writer assumed, and I would of as well, that every Slashdot user knows at least a little about general history, the history of technology, or has at least watched a little star trek.

She is the most famous pilot ever, and was one back when that it was a huge deal that she was a woman. She eventually wanted to be the first the cross the pacific or something like that and was never heard form again. As as such there are very many myths about her (abducted by aliens, etc.).

Re:Who? (5, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | about 2 years ago | (#40203661)

She is the most famous pilot ever

She is in no way Snoopy.

Re:Who? (1)

sdnoob (917382) | about 2 years ago | (#40203799)

snoopy! awesome!

....In the nick of time, a hero arose
A funny-looking dog with a big black nose
He flew into the sky to seek revenge.....

maybe he meant most famous female pilot.. after all, you have orville, wilbur and that lindbergh fellow to consider, too, besides that most famous of world war i flying aces.

Re:Who? (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#40204035)

She is the most famous pilot ever

She is in no way Snoopy.

Of course not. Snoopy people don't crash their airplanes to live the rest of their lives on desert islands. The only way to get snoopy on a desert island is to get deeply introspective, and that gets quite repetitive after a while.

Re:Who? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203667)

Agree with all of the above, except for:

She is the most famous pilot ever ...

I think "most famous pilot ever" has to go to Charles Lindbergh, not only because of his achievements but also the infamous kidnapping of his baby. And if anyone doesn't know who he was, may I suggest you avail yourself of a search engine before you go getting all indignant?

Re:Who? (1)

findoutmoretoday (1475299) | about 2 years ago | (#40203793)

Charles Lindbergh, not only because of his achievements

Lindbergh yes, but name me the first to cross the atlantic with a plane?

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203917)

hinton and stone were first -- the brits, alcock and brown, were two weeks later.

Re:Who? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203827)

I'd say he's the most infamous pilot ever. He was an anti-Semite, eugenics supporter, and Nazi sympathizer.

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40204021)

Nobody cares what you say.

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40204253)

Proving, at least, that he was no fool.

Re:Who? (3, Informative)

DesScorp (410532) | about 2 years ago | (#40203671)

She is the most famous pilot ever

Nope. Chuck Yeager is the most famous pilot ever. And people still know who he is.

Re:Who? (5, Interesting)

tragedy (27079) | about 2 years ago | (#40203727)

What about the Red Baron? Isn't he a contender for most famous pilot ever (even if most people don't know his actual name)? I think we can agree that Amelia Earhart is _one_ of the most famous pilots ever and that there probably isn't one singular "most famous pilot ever".

Re:Who? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203763)

She is the most famous "female" pilot, though. As far as famous pilots, though, there's Lindbergh, the Wright brothers, etc. Lots of candidates there.

Re:Who? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 2 years ago | (#40203747)

Plus, Yeager is obviously a much better pilot and navigator than these two dead wanabees

Re:Who? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203787)

Yeager was a test pilot. He wasn't the greatest pilot ever, just the last man standing. The greatest pilot ever is and probably will forever remain anonymous.

Saying that pilots made popular by the media are the greatest ever is like saying Justin Bieber is the best singer ever.

Re:Who? (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 years ago | (#40203821)

Saying that pilots made popular by the media are the greatest ever is like saying Justin Bieber is the best singer ever.

And your point is...?

Re:Who? (5, Informative)

tomhath (637240) | about 2 years ago | (#40203941)

Earhart and Noonan missed the island because the chart they had was wrong and the plane's radio receiver wasn't working. They arrived at the spot where the chart said the island was and did everything right to find it.

Re:Who? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203765)

Nope. Charles Lindbergh is the most famous pilot ever. And people still know who he is.

How long are we going to play this silly game? Also, it's a bit unfair to compare the popularity of someone who's still alive to people who've died decades ago.

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203887)

That depends entirely on where you are. In the US Chuck Yeager, rest of the world? No way. I only know of him cause my dads in aviation.

Re:Who? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203929)

She is the most famous pilot ever

Nope. Chuck Yeager is the most famous pilot ever. And people still know who he is.

Chuck who?

The Most Famous Pilot is Abrham LIncoln!! (-1, Redundant)

spineboy (22918) | about 2 years ago | (#40203971)

Especially when he did the first solo flight across the Alantic Ocean

Re:Who? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40204181)

Nope. Chuck Yeager is the most famous pilot ever. And people still know who he is.

He may be the most american pilot ever, but I would venture to guess that more europeans are familiar with Amelia Earhart or Richthofen, than Chuck Yeager. Now, normally I try to avoid wilfully appearing ignorant; but, since it serves the purpose of a sound one-person population study, I shall mention that I, personally, could not recognise/place the name Chuck Yeager in your post.

Re:Who? (4, Interesting)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 2 years ago | (#40204325)

In US, perhaps. I very much doubt that there is a single name that would be equally recognizable regardless of one's cultural background, though. For me, the first name that pops into my head corresponding to "most famous pilot" is probably Chkalov.

Re:Who? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203715)

Not all people live and are educated in the US. In some other countries other people that you have never heard of are important. And star trek... really? I mean after watching star trek this is what you remember? :)

Oh, and "alien abduction"? This is really american.

Re:Who? (2)

digitig (1056110) | about 2 years ago | (#40203903)

Not all people live and are educated in the US.

I don't live in the USA, and wasn't educated there, and I reckon that the writer of the summary was right: Amelia Earhart was more famous than most of the people I see mentioned in the summaries. Heck, there has even been a British folk album [wikipedia.org] name-checking her.

Re:Who? (1)

MisterSquid (231834) | about 2 years ago | (#40203959)

Well put.

After reading your thoughtful and well-considered comment, I'm abashed. I just went ballistic on an AC who suggested knowledge of Amelia Earhart was merely the product of her being American. : P

Re:Who? (-1, Flamebait)

RapidEye (322253) | about 2 years ago | (#40203617)

How many times were you held back in history class, 2 or 3 times???
Either way, it wasn't enough.
You could always use Wikipedia to mask your ignorance and avoid the mockery.

Re:Who? (5, Informative)

artor3 (1344997) | about 2 years ago | (#40203641)

A famous aviator, that everyone in the US knows of (if only for the fact that she disappeared). The phrase "needs no introduction" comes to mind. Explaining who she is would have been like starting an article with "Abraham Lincoln, the president of the United States during the Civil War". If you don't recognize the name, then you're either a small child or from some other country. If it's the latter, you should accept that American websites will sometimes refer to American celebrities, and in such situations Wikipedia is your friend.

Re:Who? (1, Informative)

nurb432 (527695) | about 2 years ago | (#40203675)

Product of a public school i take it?

If you really didn't know who she was and are from the USA, this is a sad day as i'm sure you were not alone.

Re:Who? (-1, Troll)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about 2 years ago | (#40203955)

Seriously, how can someone be so stupid?

Do they have an education system in your country?

Internet? books?

Re:Who? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#40204231)

Seriously, how can someone be so stupid?

I believe you meant "uninformed."

By the very act of asking the question, the GP is demonstrably not what I would call "stupid."

Do they have an education system in your country? Internet? books?

A rather presumptuous implication, given that all you know is that the GP doesn't know one fact from the history of one country.

The only thing that kept her alive... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203539)

She knew that she was wanting my penis in the future.

I'm skeptical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203559)

This group has been criticized for not looking into alternate explanations for their artifacts. While it is plausible that these artifacts come from Amelia Earhart's trip, it is also plausible they could come from many other sources.

*YAWN* (4, Interesting)

RLiegh (247921) | about 2 years ago | (#40203601)

who cares?

Remarkably, we've pretty much had the Earhart mystery solved ever since partial remains were found on an island... in 1940. That's right, 70 years ago. Only four years after she vanished.

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Re:*YAWN* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203683)

You're right! Facts are so, like, boring. What's on TV?

Re:*YAWN* (1, Insightful)

artor3 (1344997) | about 2 years ago | (#40203781)

Obviously not you, and yet you took the time to post. Tell me, exactly how boring is your life?

Did she have a Wilson volleyball on board? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203621)

TIP always bring a Wilson volleyball when flying a private plane over the Pacific.

Why is this an interesting story? (1, Troll)

nastav (2611511) | about 2 years ago | (#40203625)

I'd totally understand this story making top headlines on ILoveAmeliaEarhart.com, but why Slashdot?

Re:Why is this an interesting story? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203777)

Unsolved mystery involving beautiful adventuress from the swashbuckling pioneer days of aviation.

Now we're entering a swashbuckling era of private space flight. Will anyone care what happened to specific actors 75 years from now? We'd like to think there'd be interest from technology enthusiasts as well as historians.

First Gilligan post? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203639)

Gee skipper, do you ever think well get off this island?

Re:First Gilligan post? (2)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#40203791)

Get ready. Oblig. Ginger v Mary Ann thread in 5..4..3..2..1..

Re:First Gilligan post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203855)

The Professor and Mary Ann were seriously dissed when the original theme song lyric was changed from

"The Professor and Mary Anne...here on Gilligans Isle"

to

"And the rest... here on Gilligans Isle"

Gee guys, that didn't even shave off any seconds for the commercial break.

Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (3, Interesting)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 2 years ago | (#40203647)

It sounds like they were surviving fairly well which would indicate they weren't so injured that they couldn't keep themselves going on the island. And, if they were fishing (and not relying on birds/eggs) they could probably survive indefinitely. So, what did them in?

Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203731)

Hate to break it to you, but...nobody can survive indefinitely. We all die at some time, for very little reason sometimes.

Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203759)

Imagine yourself living in a small, isolated place with your wife, 24/7. Now imagine the wife a strong, stuborn feminist.

Poor Fred.

Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (0)

hey! (33014) | about 2 years ago | (#40204351)

Imagine yourself living in a small, isolated place with your wife, 24/7. Now imagine the wife a strong, stuborn feminist.

Poor Fred.

Yeah, all that on top of no booze.

Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (2)

artor3 (1344997) | about 2 years ago | (#40203833)

Thirst, possibly? Depending on the size of the atoll, it might have been very difficult to find fresh water.

Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (5, Informative)

goffster (1104287) | about 2 years ago | (#40203857)

The particular island she landed is noted for an extremely poor supply of freshwater.
People have tried to live on this island but failed because water was not at all reliable.

Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203873)

Perhaps old age after being stuck on the island so long :)

Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (4, Informative)

HW_Hack (1031622) | about 2 years ago | (#40203919)

I've seen some videos of this groups work on this little island. It is no tropical paradise. I don't believe there is any fresh water - so they would need to capture evaporating water somehow. And the island is infested with spider crabs from the size of golf balls to the size of soccer balls. And these crabs are looking for something to eat. You could survive a short time there - long term would be a slice of hell.

Plus we all take modern medicine for granted -- stranded on an island a cut or injury could become infected and that is pretty much game over .... then the crabs eat your body and scatter your bones.

Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | about 2 years ago | (#40204205)

Come on, we all know that Charles Lindbergh killed her after she saw how the Lindbergh baby got sucked down the toilet.

Why US Navy? (1, Insightful)

nastav (2611511) | about 2 years ago | (#40203653)

Why on earth would the US Navy spend taxpayer dollars for this expedition? Unless they have too much money and don't know what to do with it all - which is quite plausible considering the proportion of budget allocated to the military. Meh!

Re:Why US Navy? (4, Insightful)

DesScorp (410532) | about 2 years ago | (#40203699)

Why on earth would the US Navy spend taxpayer dollars for this expedition? Unless they have too much money and don't know what to do with it all - which is quite plausible considering the proportion of budget allocated to the military. Meh!

This isn't even a drop in the bucket of the Navy's budget. Hell, this isn't even a fraction of a drop in a bucket. And sailors can always use the practice in honing their skills. Considering that this is truly a national mystery, I don't see the harm in it.

Re:Why US Navy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203709)

WHo was the idiot who invented the phrase "taxpayer money"? It's not your money - it's the government's.

If you want the government to spend it otherwise, or not have it in the first place, campaign. But recall that property only exists because the government protects it, so make sure enough people agree with you in the long term!

Re:Why US Navy? (1)

nastav (2611511) | about 2 years ago | (#40203785)

Taxpayer money is a useful phrase that conveys the idea that taxpayers have (or can have) non-trivial influence over how much of it exists, and how it's spent. Of course, once it is in gov't coffers, it belongs to the gov't - but you are stating the obvious. Even if something does belong to the gov't, the entirety of gov't operations is subject to various kinds of oversight, including the kind that results in campaigns, and legislation that focuses expenditures towards productive ends.

I said nothing whatsoever about property etc. You are incorrectly extrapolating from my comment that I'm advocating elimination of government.

Re:Why US Navy? (2)

hemo_jr (1122113) | about 2 years ago | (#40203719)

According to the WWII Japan, she was a U.S. spy. And if she was a spy, it may have been for the U.S. Navy. And the Navy takes care of its own.

Re:Why US Navy? (1)

nastav (2611511) | about 2 years ago | (#40203795)

And what's the marginal utility of all of this towards the goal of "taking care of one's own"? I don't see how there can be such a thing as "taking care" in the absence of a clear subject who's alive and capable of experiencing such a benefit.

Re:Why US Navy? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203927)

If you can't understand that, you aren't in the Navy. If you are, ask your superiors. They can explain.

Re:Why US Navy? (2)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#40203735)

Why on earth would the US Navy spend taxpayer dollars for this expedition?

I don't know, but it might explain why they're moving the fleet to the Pacific

Re:Why US Navy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203893)

You know what would answer your question? Reading the effing article.

Re:Why US Navy? (0)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#40204229)

When you're lost at sea, we will be sure to tell the Coast Guard not to bother looking for you. So stick to your backyard, you'll be much better off.

It's what governments do. Even the nasty 'ol Iranians would get up out of bed and wander around all night long looking for your sorry ass should the need arise.

Fred Noonan (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203751)

and the evidence of cooking represents the most concrete evidence yet that she did not simply crash into the ocean.

That's because her co-pilot, Fred Noonan, was hungry. [wikipedia.org] .

First he said, "Make me a sammich, woman!"

She said, "There's no cooked meat. *under her breath* asshole."

He said, "Well .......!"

And off she went.

On another note, with a little makeup, she'd be hot! [wikipedia.org]

Maybe in that tropical heat, sweating and flushed, I think she'd be look'in REAL good!

This isn't new information. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40203779)

These TIGHAR folks have been pushing this pet theory of theirs for quite a while.

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4295

Not good evidence (5, Insightful)

technothrasher (689062) | about 2 years ago | (#40203863)

It makes my chuckle that there is a "RECOMMENDED: Are you scientifically literate? Take the quiz" link imbedded into the article, as this 'evidence' from TIGHAR is exactly the opposite of good science. They have been pushing this nonsense for a while. They've decided she was on this island and continue to look only for confirming information to support their hypothesis, rather than attempting to falsify it. They could start by admitting that there have been a lot of people who traveled to and briefly lived on that island throughout the years, particularly many, many pearl divers, and that finding various pieces of junk on the island is completely and entirely consistent with this, and not even slightly compelling evidence that Earhart left this junk.

Robinson (1)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40203965)

I hope she happened to have a copy of the book Robinson Crusoe on hand to take her mind off of her predicament.

This brings money into Kiribati (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40204053)

Kiribati is the small nation that includes Gardner Island. A US Navy expedition into the area would pump money into the local economy. This sort of expedition is often encouraged by local governments. The military is a diplomatic tool as much as it is anything else. Considering the shifting politics of the region keeping a good relationship with a small but well placed country could bring significant benefits in time of crisis. For historical reference Tarawa, of the Battle of Tarawa, is the capital of Kiribati.

This brings money into Kiribati (2, Insightful)

raque (457836) | about 2 years ago | (#40204067)

Kiribati is the small nation that includes Gardner Island. A US Navy expedition into the area would pump money into the local economy. This sort of expedition is often encouraged by local governments. The military is a diplomatic tool as much as it is anything else. Considering the shifting politics of the region keeping a good relationship with a small but well placed country could bring significant benefits in time of crisis. For historical reference Tarawa, of the Battle of Tarawa, is the capital of Kiribati.

sorry for the double post, but this time I am logged in.

New evidence? (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | about 2 years ago | (#40204151)

The "new" evidence seems to consist of modern modelling of seventy-five year old radio logs and photo-analysis of a seventy-something-year-old photograph. It is hard to believe that she would not have attempted to make some sort of mark on the island. Why wasn't she wearing a spark-plug necklace?
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