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Alexander The Great’s Last 3 Wishes

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2011 at 3:59 am

Alexander The Great’s Last 3 Wishes
by Saurabh

Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests,his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence.

He now longed to reach home to see his mother’s face and bid her his last adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland.

So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last. He called his generals and said, “I will depart from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry them out without fail.”

With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king’s last wishes.
1) “My first desire is that”, said Alexander,

“My physicians alone must” carry my coffin.”
2) After a pause, he continued,

“Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury”.
3) The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute’s rest and continued.

“My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin”.

The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes. But no one dared bring the question to their lips.. Alexander’s favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart.
“O king, we assure you that all your wishes will be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?”

At this Alexander took a deep breath and said:
“I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt.

Lessons to be learnt from last 3 wishes of King Alexander…

I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor on this earth can really cure any body. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death.

So let not people take life for granted.

The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the path to the graveyard is to tell People that not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life Greed of Power, earning riches but cannot take anything with me.

Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.

And about my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world”.

With these words, the king closed his eyes.

Soon he let death conquer him and breathed his last. . . .


Remember, your Health is in your own hands, look after it.

Wealth is only meaningful if you can share and also enjoy

while you are still alive, kicking & healthy.

What you do for yourself, dies with you.

But what you do for others will live for ever.

Leave the “Legacy” behind.


Jackie Chan in internet death hoax

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2011 at 3:56 am

Jackie Chan in internet death hoax
New York, March 30 (IANS)

Chinese actor Jackie Chan is the latest celebrity to fall victim to internet death hoax.

Online reports suggested that Chan had died of heart attack. However, he took to social networking site Facebook to deny the reports. “Jackie is alive and well. He did not suffer a heart attack and die, as was reported on many social networking sites and in online news reports. Jackie is fine and is busy preparing for the filming of his next movie,” said a note on the action star’s Facebook page.

Chan also posted a photo of himself showing him meeting with top Japanese officials, reports. The caption reads: Jackie met with Yuji Kumamaru, Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong to discuss the details of the Love Without Borders 3/11 Candelight Gala, which will benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Other celebrities, who have been a victim of internet hoax, are Charlie Sheen, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp among others.

What Do You Feel Now That You’re Engaged?

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 6:06 am

What Do You Feel Now That You’re Engaged?

Do people who get engaged young have lasting relationships?

Why do you feel the need to be “engaged”? Can’t you two just be together, wait it out for a few years, and then get “engaged”?

Google fights Facebook for your mobile identity

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 5:57 am

Google fights Facebook for your mobile identity

Who owns your mobile/online identity? Stated differently: Who owns your mobile relationships?

I’ve been thinking more about both questions since learning last night that Google is pulling Facebook contact sync with delivery of Android 2.3.3 to Nexus S smartphones. In a statement, a Google spokesperson described the feature removal as “special-case handling of Facebook contacts” for “Nexus S and future lead devices.” Google’s reasoning: Facebook doesn’t allow exporting of contact data to other services. There is no “reciprocity.” Maybe, but there is more going on here than the openness, or not, of contact syncing. Google is prepping for a larger battle, particularly with Facebook, over who controls your online identity, particularly as it roams from PC to mobile devices.

After I posted about the Android 2.3.3 update yesterday, colleague Tim Conneally and I chatted about Google’s maneuver, about which he made an astute observation: That the smartphone will most likely become the future hub for peoples’ identities, not big cloud social networks. Facebook is in position to leverage its service to the future hub — already is doing so through one-way sync, Facebook Connect logins and the mobile app for various smartphones and tablets. Strategically, Google should want to control the smartphone identity hub, too. Android’s explosive popularity is reason enough. Already, a Google account is the important ID for activating an Android phone and using additional cloud services. Facebook sync treads on Google turf.

Facebook goes Big Time Mobile

For 500 million Facebook subscribers, the social networking service is an important — for many, essential — identity and relationship hub. But there are many other — really too many other — online identities. You have one identity for your bank, another for Amazon and others — corporate network, Google services,, Microsoft Live services, tumblr, Twitter, and many, many more. But an increasing number of services are consolidating identities. For example, many sites now offer or even require Facebook or Twitter account IDs to post comments. These sites benefit from linking to the cloud services.

Facebook’s mobile presence is increasing, with its successful mobile app and mobile logins for services supporting the set of Facebook Connect APIs. According to Facebook, 200 million subscribers access the service from mobile devices — that’s right, 40 percent. Mobile users are reportedly twice as active on Facebook as other subscribers. Today, Ovum released report “Mobile Social Networking: change driver & key players” with a dire warning: “Facebook is encroaching directly on mobile operator territory and should not be underestimated,” report author Eden Zoller said in a statement. “Facebook wants to integrate with everything and be the main way that people consume and share information, anywhere and on any device.”

Zoller also addressed recent rumors. “There is also intense ongoing speculation that Facebook will come out with its own phone, which in some respects would be the final piece of the puzzle,” he continued. “This would in effect make Facebook a social operating system.”

Social operating system is the last thing Google would want competing with Android or Chrome OS. But there’s competition enough today, with Facebook and Google already vying to be mobile identity hubs. What differentiates Facebook from Google identity efforts is relationship. The social networking service allows people to connect, on the go, meaningfully, in ways the search and information giant can’t remotely touch.

Sizing up Smartphones

Twelve days ago, ComScore released report “The 2010 Mobile Year in Review,” looking at mobile behavior for people 13+ years old from seven countries: France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. By the way, to get the ComScore report, I had to give up information about my identity — name, job title, organization, country, state, city, email and phone number.

“In December 2010, nearly 47 percent of mobile subscribers in the US were mobile media users (browsed the mobile web, accessed applications, downloaded content or accessed the mobile Internet via SMS) up 7.6 percentage points from the previous year,” according to the ComScore report. During the 12 months from December 2009 to December 2010, the number of US smartphone owners rose from 16.8 percent to 27 percent. Smartphone install base: 63.2 million. By the end of 2010, “3G/4G phone ownership reached 51 percent.”

Among the five EU countries, “mobile media usage reached 37 percent penetration, up 7 percentage points from the previous year. Driving this mobile media usage in Europe, 3G adoption reached 47.1 percent in December 2010, up from 41.7 percent the previous year.” Smartphone ownership and ownership: 31.1 percent and 72.6 million, respectively.

Nearly 60 percent of US and 40 percent of European smartphone users accessed social networking sites at least once a month in December 2010, according to ComScore. Daily usage jumped 104 percent year over year in Europe and 80 percent in the United States. “The growth of social networking via mobile devices is mainly driven by Facebook, which reached 90 percent of US social media users and 85 percent of European users, and grew more than 120 percent over the past year in both regions…The most significant difference in 2010 is the trend for MySpace, which declined 20 percent of in the U.S. but gained 32 percent in Europe.”

One metric often overlooked by bloggers and journalists reporting about online activities is time spent online. “In the UK, Facebook was the clear leader in a ranking of top sites by time spent,” according to the ComScore report. “In December 2010 the 7.5 million unique mobile visitors spent a total of 2.5 billion minutes on, averaging 5.6 hours per visitor during the month.”

Facebook and Google want You

Smartphone shipments are expected to explode in 2011. Last year, Europe and the United States accounted for more than 52 percent of sales, according to Gartner. There is no reliable forecast for 2011, since major analyst firms up the numbers every couple of months. During 2010, 1.6 billion mobile handsets were sold, of which 297 million were smartphones — or 19 percent. Sales grew 72 percent year over year.

Global Android handset sales grew by 888.8 percent year over year, from 6.8 million to 67 million units, according to Gartner. Android is on fire, which is great for Google signing more users to its identity service. One problem: Facebook is there, too, competing for Android users’ time and attention. Meanwhile, Facebook rolls out mobile services that increasingly compete with Google’s. If we’ve truly entered the cloud-connected device era, who controls your mobile identity, which is likely to be the same as your broader online identity, will be increasingly important.

Tactically, with the removal of Facebook contact sync from Nexus S, Google has drawn a line in the sand, made a demarcation for developers. They will use one set of contact APIs, which, in theory, will work consistently with Android across applications. Well, those that reciprocate, anyway. It’s Google’s first step to define rules for mobile identity on terms other than Facebook’s. Remember, contacts and syncing them is tied to an identity. What Google hopes to achieve is a leveler playing field, where contact data can be easily shared among different online identities.

Google also is setting the stage for future identity pushes. For example, Nexus S and some newer Android handsets support Near Field Communication technology. NFC is limited today to functions like reading RFID tags. Even mobile phones that ship with the technology typically don’t support it — yet. Looking ahead, NFC is being touted as a way for processing payments — essentially using a feature phone or smartphone as an ATM/debit card. That kind of functionality will be tied to an identity, something Google should want to control on Android as it does with supporting cloud services like maps, search and shopping.

So Google has another reason to stick it to Facebook — solidifying its approach to identity and anything associated with it for developers. Contact sync is but part of the broader identity push that will support NFC and other future mobile technologies.

Who owns your mobile — and even online — identity? In theory you do, but with limits if the relationships and data are tied to a service that provides APIs for data going in but doesn’t support other providers’ APIs for data going out. That’s yet another aspect of the identity dispute between Facebook and Google. “Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability,” a Google spokesman said in a statement provided to Betanews yesterday. “Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data.”

It would also give Facebook a little less control over the user’s identity, and that’s great for Google’s mobile identity objectives.

By:Joe Wilcox Source:betanews

Gratitude: A Little Goes a Long Way

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 5:40 am

Gratitude: A Little Goes a Long Way
By Loren M. Gelberg-Goff, LCSW

What does it mean to be grateful? What does gratitude feel like? How do you connect the word grateful to a feeling and even a state of being? There is a lot of talk today in the media, around the water cooler, etc. about gratitude. We’re told to be grateful for small things, for the love we have in our lives, for our health, for a sunrise or sunset; etc. How do we connect to this grateful feeling? Most people are bogged down with stresses and tensions, so gratitude for the small things feels fleeting and it is not something we feel as connected to emotionally as we think we should be. People know what they want to feel, and they feel disappointed, ashamed or guilty when they don’t feel whatever it is gratitude is supposed to feel like. This, of course, then contributes to the persistent feelings of inadequacy. Today, and going forward you have the capacity to change this.
Gratitude starts as an awareness, (in the moment or after the fact) that something feels (or felt) good to you. Maybe you felt it when you were snuggling under the covers in your warm bed on a cold winter morning. Perhaps you were sitting in front of a crackling fire while snow was falling outside. You might have been sitting on a beautiful beach watching the turquoise water lap the shore. You might feel good curled up on the couch reading a book. Do you remember a truly magnificent meal? Any of these moments might evoke feelings within you that are warm, comforting, relaxing or joyful. These moments are ones that you might feel grateful for when you stop and remember them, or relate them to a friend. Stop for a moment and allow yourself to reflect on a moment that you really enjoyed. Allow yourself to go back to that moment in time when, if only for that moment, you were completely and fully there. Bring in each of your senses: breathe in the smell of that moment, taste the moment, see where you were, feel the warmth flow through your body. Can you taste it? Just sit and connect to that time and place. Relive that time. Connect to how good it felt, and notice where in your body you feel the feelings most strongly. Breathe into that space and let the feeling grow. Breathe slowly and deeply just focusing on that special moment. Part of what made that moment special (even if you didn‘t know it then) was that nothing else existed in that moment. You were totally present. Now that you have brought that moment back to life, write it down. Putting it down on paper validates it and makes the memory readily accessible when you need to connect to your own feelings of gratitude. There are times when we all need these reminders!
One of the most common things that happen in life is that these good moments are so fleeting. Our thoughts, demands placed on us, or problems interfere with us “holding onto the moment”. Maybe the phone rings, or someone says something that “spoils” the moment, or you look at your watch and realize you have somewhere else to be, or a negative thought or worry pops into your head, etc. This list is practically endless. However, just because these distractions have made you “lose” the moment in the past, this no longer has to be your reality. Our lives are made up of moments and each one is real and valid on its own. We often string them together in our minds even allowing one event to eliminate or eclipse another. How many times have you either heard or said after you had a wonderful day when you or your children or partner who were now tired or cranky: “You’re going to spoil the whole day”? NO! Those moments do not negate the day unless you choose to allow it! The day was still wonderful! Sit and remember all the beautiful, fun, enjoyable, exciting times you had throughout the course of the day, and STOP! BREATHE! FOCUS! What is my desired outcome? The rest of the day was great, and I can choose to honor it and remember it. This (fill in the negative behavior) does not redefine the day prior to this moment. I still have the other events, activities, interactions etc. to hold on to. How do I want to deal with this moment? Then take a deep breath and feel what happens inside of you as your system shifts gears. You have just moved from automatic pilot to conscious, purposeful thought and action. (This now also becomes a moment you can feel grateful for as you acknowledge that you are proud of yourself.)
Now that you’re becoming aware of what gratitude feels like, your system starts to recognize and become aware of these moments as they are happening. There are some things that you can do to enhance your awareness and experiences.
1. Acknowledge that your desired outcome is to be open to feeling gratitude.
2. Acknowledge that you want to feel connected to the gratitude in your body, and be aware of it as it happens.
3. At the end of each day write down five (5) things for which you are grateful for that day. These five things, when you stop and think about them, you will remember how you felt about it; good, or happy or relaxed or content or silly or pleased, etc. I think you get the idea. These things can be anything at all from the sublime to the ridiculous. Some days may have been really stressful or painful, maybe you’ll find appreciation and gratitude in that you made it through the day and are now in bed for the night. It might be as simple as a warm shower, or clean sheets on your bed, or that you’re aware and grateful that you actually functioned through the day. Maybe when you stop and think about what you’re grateful for, you’ll remember that you saw the colors of the sunset and they were beautiful. This activity helps you focus on and feel connected to those moments in a very real and meaningful way.
4. SHARE THE MOMENT AS IT HAPPENS!! Say out loud when you feel grateful. Tell whomever you are with what you are grateful for at that moment. This makes the moment very real, and “a joy shared is a joy doubled” (old proverb)
5. Ask your friends and family members what they are grateful for. This can be a good conversation to have and it moves you away from the usual complaining, negative conversations. Think about how different conversations would be if we were focusing on the good, uplifting happy moments instead of just the usual negative or complaining conversations. You might even laugh a little more and that could also be something you would feel grateful for!

Author’s Bio
Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW, has been in private practice for the past 25 years in River Edge, NJ.

Lady Gaga Talks Prop 8 And Crowd Surfing With Ryan Seacrest

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2011 at 6:47 am

Lady Gaga Talks Prop 8 And Crowd Surfing With Ryan Seacrest

Lady Gaga called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this morning (listen to the interview here), and discussed her recent stage-diving mini-show at Lollapalooza, her delight at the repeal of Prop 8, and the possibility of releasing two new albums. Squeal! Jump below for highlights from her early morning interview.

Lady Gaga recently thrilled the festgoers at Lollapalooza, but not in the way you think—her nearly-nude crowd-surfing during Semi Precious Weapons pretty much trumped her $150,000 stage show. So what made her take the plunge?

“I haven’t crowd surfed in a long time because no one lets me anymore,” said Gaga. “I love Semi Precious Weapons so much, they are my band… I don’t know what came over me, I just got so excited. I remember playing at that stage and what it felt like and they were doing such a great job. I was standing there with Lady Starlight, and she’s like, “Can you imagine if you just jumped into the crowd?” And I said [bleep] and I did it.”

Another recent event that excited Gaga was California’s Prop 8 being found unconstitutional. “I felt like it was a revolution, like a gunshot went off, like it set us all into rotation,” Gaga told Seacrest. “It was so exciting when it happened because it, for me, was a moment that indicated that it could happen in every state now… I was so happy and I went into the studio and kept writing.”

Although Gaga says her upcoming album is more or less “done”, she has more songs than can even fit on one album. “I can’t stop writing music,” she says. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I might have to put out two records.”

As long as at least one of those albums is longer than The Fame Monster, that’s fine by us. Just don’t keep us waiting forever, Gaga!

Lady Gaga Crowd Surfing Lollapalooza 2010

Lady Gaga with Semi Precious Weapons (Official)


In Uncategorized on March 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

(Amadee Castenell Jr. / Ernest Dabon / Robert Dabon / Joseph Smith III)

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Also recorded by: Chocolate Milk; Junior Reid.

You exploded into my life
A shot heard around my world
You changed everything

It took some time to find the ground
I think my reason
Has caught up with me

Love is strong, but life is long
Decision is upon us
You can kick my tires girl
I’ll deliver what I promise

Action speaks louder than words
Action speaks louder than words
Action speaks louder than words
It’s sink or swim
We won’t find out
Till we jump in

Will our love keep us afloat
Here come the rapids, girl, to test our will
And if the weather tips our boat
We might loose everything, can we pay that bill?

Action speaks louder than words
Action speaks louder than words
Action speaks louder than words
Can’t wait, just do it
Let’s get down to it

Action speaks louder than words
Action speaks louder than words
Action speaks louder than words
It’s sink or swim
We won’t find out
Till we jump in

You exploded into my life
A shot heard around my world
You changed everything

Action, action, action
It’s sink or swim
We won’t find out
Till we jump in
Action, action, action
Can’t wait, just do it
Let’s get down to it
Action, action, action
It’s either sink or swim
We won’t find out
Till we jump in
Action speaks louder than words
Let’s get down to it
Can’t wait to do it

Chocolate Milk – “Action Speaks Louder Than Words”

Dog in Japan stays by the side of its ailing friend in the rubble

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2011 at 5:21 am

Dog in Japan stays by the side of its ailing friend in the rubble

By Brett Michael Dykes

The video is a stark reminder that, as was the case when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, there will likely be thousands of pets orphaned or involuntarily abandoned due to the catastrophe in Japan. If you’d like to help efforts to help these animals, you can find info on doing so here.

UPDATE: CNN and the UK Telegraph have both reported that the dogs have been rescued since the footage aired, and are both receiving veterinary care; the more seriously wounded dog is at a clinic in the city of Mito, while the protective spaniel-type dog is receiving care at a shelter in the same town.

Here is an English translation of the voiceover exchange between the two reporters in the clip (translation courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura):

We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

He has a collar. He must be someone’s pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.


Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

The dog is protecting him.

Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

I can’t watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

Yes! Yes! He is alive.

He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

Oh good. He’s getting up.

It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It’s just amazing that they survived through this all.

Ultimate Loyalty: Japanese Dog Refuses to Leave Injured Friend Behind

BBBC report Prince of Saudi Arabia, which killed one of his aides Video

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2011 at 5:17 am

Gay Saudi Prince Murders Black Lover

BBC report Prince of Saudi Arabia, which killed one of his aides Video

It is reported that Saudi Prince Saud bin Abdul Aziz Bin Nasser Al-Saud, has approved before a British court of causing death of Abdul Aziz al-Bandar assistant, but he denied two charges of murder and causing grievous bodily harm on the victim deliberately and monitors.
However, Jonathan Laidlaw, which is Britain’s attorney general in the case, confirmed to the Court, “Old Bailey” in London on Tuesday that Prince Saudi “confessed to killing assistant.”
Laidlaw said it is incumbent upon the jury to decide therefore whether Prince Saud was guilty of murder, or manslaughter.

The Court offered a recording from a camera in the hotel attack appears to help the Saudi Crown Prince beat him severely in the earlier death.
Beating and strangling
He would have been found dead after being beaten and strangled in the bed in the room that was involved with Prince Saud at the hotel said, adding that the defendant “was killed in an assault that was affiliated to help on the element of sex.”
The evidence proved conclusively that he is either gay (homosexual) or has gay tendencies
Jonathan Laidlaw, British Attorney General
Laidlaw said that the recordings of closed circuit Alteloveseznep in the Landmark Hotel since the twenty-second of the month of January last showed that the victim had been assaulted in the past to really mischievous “by Prince Saud.
Laidlaw said: “The evidence proved conclusively that he is either gay (homosexual) or has gay tendencies.”
He said: “It is clear that the exploitation of the Bandar was not simply limited to physical beatings.”
“Sexual element”
He concluded by saying: “Hiding the defendant to the sexual exploitation of the victim was a whole, for reasons more Cranip, as it tends to believe that he was there sexual factor in the circumstances surrounding the murder.”

Prosecutors had asked the court to decide whether Prince Saud was guilty of premeditated murder or error.
The court had learned that the victim was killed “while he was in the room” was co-residence with the defendant, as they were alone together. ”
But Prince has denied any suggestion that he had any sexual orientation, saying that he treated his assistant as a “friend and on an equal footing” with himself.
It is noteworthy that Prince Saud bin Abdullah, aged 34 years, subject to trial in Britain on charges of murder, torture, assistant Bandar Abdul Aziz, 32, who was found dead, strangled in a hotel room Landmark luxury in the neighborhood of Marylebone in central London on the fifteenth of the month of February last.

A series of attacks
The court was told that Prince Saud bin Nasser Al-Saud had assaulted the victim several times before he died.
It is clear that the exploitation of the Bandar was not simply limited to physical beatings
Jonathan Laidlaw, British Attorney General
When found the body of Abdel Aziz al-Bandar in the hotel in question, Prince Saud argued that the victim had been attacked and robbed three weeks before his death.
According to the indictment that Prince Saud “is carried out the killing,” and that the numerous injuries that were found on the victim’s body, including the bite on the face, showed clearly “savage attack which had been presented to him.”
Bodily harm
The Prince Saud had previously denied the charges before the court made by the British police of killing his assistant and serious physical harm in the month of January last.
The autopsy concluded that Bender died of strangulation and injuries suffered by her in the head.

Uzumaki whirlpool Japan tsunami

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2011 at 5:13 am

Uzumaki whirlpool Japan tsunami

Japan Tsunami Earthquake East Hachinohe

Moment of Japan earthquake caught on cameras triggering 10m tsunami

Japan earthquake: CCTV video of tsunami wave hitting Sendai airport

Fresh footage of huge tsunami waves smashing town in Japan

Japan Earthquake: Helicopter aerial view video of giant tsunami waves

Aerial video from town closest to Japan’s mega-quake epicentre

Satellite images before & after Japan tsunami; aerial, ground video of aftermath

Video of Japan town wiped out by monster quake-tsunami

Video of cars, ships wrecked by tsunami waves after Japan earthquake