More recent reports are saying the injury count is closer to 400, but no fatalities. So that's fortunate.
More recent reports are saying the injury count is closer to 400, but no fatalities. So that's fortunate.
It seems unlikely to be related to 2012 DA14 which is passing by soon, but man, if that's the case then what a coincidence. Some of the videos and photos are incredible.
That's a pretty cool amateur video, though. I could watch that meteor burn up all day (because Lord knows I'm probably never going to see this for myself). Even though there are injuries, so far no one's died from them, so that's a relief. We should be kept updated on this for a while, especially if they find the remains of that meteorite and give it to astronomers to look at.
It's definitely not. If 2012 DA14 impacted the Earth, the damage would be a thousand times worse and there would be actual fatalities. This meteor incident would be a breeze in comparison.So I'm pretty sure this is the same meteor that was expected to miss Earth this week by 15 minutes. The one expected to have the potential to wipe out all of new york city if it hit there. No confirms of it yet, but if this hit a highly populated area instead of this part of Russia would you be scared?
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According to some ham radio nerds, UVB-76 stopped broadcasting when the meteorite hit. RIP anonymous female voice.
The only Hollywood awards news worth mentioning. The Golden Raspberry Awards were held, and the big "winner" of the night was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, "winning" seven awards including Worst Picture. Here are the "winners" of the Golden Raspberry Awards:
Worst Picture: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Actor: Adam Sandler (That's My Boy)
Worst Actress: Kristen Stewart (Snow White and the Huntsman and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Worst Supporting Actor: Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Worst Supporting Actress: Rihanna (Battleship)
Worst Screen Couple: Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (Summit Entertainment)
Worst Director: Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Worst Screenplay: That's My Boy (written by David Caspe)
Worst Screen Ensemble: The entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
The Oscars are tomorrow night, so I'll be watching paint dry instead.
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Man cuts his hands off to refrain from stealing
http://www.emirates247.com/offbeat/c...09-23-1.476583An Egyptian man who could not stop stealing despite his strong feeling of guilt finally resorted to a macabre solution to win what he described as a “pitched battle” against the devil — by cutting off both hands. Ali Afifi, 27, went to the main train station in the western Egyptian town of Tanta four years ago and waited for the train to come his way before putting his hand under its wheels as hundreds of passengers watched in horror.
I saw the man talk on TV today when my mom was watching an arab talk show. Apparently, this guy severed both his hands off to resist the temptation to steal, despite the fact that even a Muslim scholar had refused the act. According to the article I pulled out, Afifi's father sent his son to an asylum after Afifi had cut his first hand. When he was let out, the man decided to sever his other hand.
What other solutions could this man have found in order to prevent this?
Why didn't he just turn himself in to the police if he felt so guilty?
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Thousand of California sex offenders disable GPS monitors
Yes, people. Because of over-crowded prisons in California, we have thousands of sex offenders running loose. I'm interested to hear the thoughts or concerns from the members in California, this is a very scary issue.Several thousand paroled sex criminals in California are wanted for ditching or disabling their GPS tracking devices, a consequence of a federal court order to ease prison overcrowding, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
In 2006, Californians mandated that sex offenders wear GPS monitors for life. The state has more than 6,600 sex offenders equipped with GPS devices, the most in the nation.
To comply with the court order, the state started sending parole violators to county jails rather than return them to prison.
The Times' investigation found, however, that some counties have released parole violators within hours or days of arrest, while other counties have refused to take them.
US private sector hopes to send older couple to Mars
More info. in the link provided.The plan was to choose a middle-aged couple because their health and fertility would be less affected by the radiation they would be exposed to during such a long space mission.
The couple would receive extensive training and would be able to draw on psychological support from mission control throughout the mission.
Space historian, Prof Christopher Riley of Lincoln University, believes that sending a couple to Mars might be a good idea.
"The idea of sending older astronauts on longer duration missions, after they have had children, has been around for a while. The reasoning is that such a long duration mission, outside of the protective magnetosphere of the Earth, could leave them infertile," he said.
"Married couples have occasionally flown in space before, on short flights, and it seemed to work well, so why not."
However results emerging from the so-called Mars500 project suggests that even carefully screened individuals are likely to suffer from psychological problems from a prolonged space mission.
The mission will be a straightforward flight to the Red Planet and return without landing. This greatly reduces the cost of the mission. The Mars Inspiration team believe that it is technically possible to launch such a mission in five years' time.
The Mars Inspiration team is aiming for a January 2018 launch because it coincides with a close alignment of Mars and Earth, such that a round trip would take about a year-and-a half, or 501 days - whereas outside of this window such a trip might take two or three years .
Hmm. Interesting. Well, that memory'll be gone before it's brought up again in a few years.
Of course, with all this talk about colonizing Mars, they also say that the effects of space-travel could leave people infertile, which is why it's an older couple on this test trip. So if that's the case, how are they going to figure out a way to make it so space travel will be safe for the reproductive system? This will be done prior to the Mars colonization (if it does happen), I take it? Yeah, it's not answered/really mentioned in the article, but that was the question that popped into mind the moment this was brought up.
Cancer finally free of Hugo Chavez
So, thoughts on this?Caracas, Venezuela (CNN) -- Hugo Chavez, the polarizing president of Venezuela who cast himself as a "21st century socialist" and foe of the United States, died Tuesday, said Vice President Nicolas Maduro.
Chavez, who had long battled cancer, was 58.
Chavez's democratic ascent to the presidency in 1999 ushered in a new era in Venezuelan politics and its international relations.
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Well, one less dictator to deal with now. Hopefully the new leader actually cares about their country and rebuild it. But dictators tend to have heirs/followers under their belt unless they're really that power-hungry, so I'm not holding my breath over it. And even then, the country is so devastated from his influence, it'll take years to at least get it stabilized to a decent level. Time will tell for sure.
I'm kind of surprised this isn't here already.
North Korea ends peace pacts with South
More info in the link above.North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.
The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear test last month.
Earlier, Pyongyang said it reserved the right to a pre-emptive nuclear strike against its "aggressors".
The US said it took the threats seriously, but that "extreme rhetoric" was not unusual for Pyongyang.
South Korea's defence ministry said that the North would become "extinct" if it went through with its threat.
The North Korean announcement, carried on the KCNA state news agency, said the North was cancelling all non-aggression pacts with the South and closing the main Panmunjom border crossing inside the Demilitarized Zone.
It also said it was notifying the South that it was "immediately" cutting off the North-South hotline.
The hotline, installed in 1971, is intended as a means of direct communication at a time of high tension, but is also used to co-ordinate the passage of people and goods through the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone.
KCNA said the hotline, which has been severed several times before, "can no longer perform its mission due to the prevailing grave situation".
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is also reported to have visited front-line military units that were involved in the shelling of a South Korean island in 2010.
KCNA said he had urged the soldiers there to keep themselves ready to "annihilate the enemy" at any time, and reconfirmed so-called "enemy targets" on five islands in the West Sea.
I'm not surprised, it was going to happen at some point or another. The civil war never ended, it was just at a cease fire for what, sixty years now?
As for North Korea carrying on its threat against the US, I'm personally not scared. Yes, call me crazy. Worried, perhaps, but I'm not scared. If something happens, then it'll happen. We live in dark times full of war, we have for years. We're all in economic turmoil, so we can't afford to be in another war, but if we have to, then we'll have to. I'm sad about what's going to happen between the Koreas now, but hey, at least China is not going to back North Korea this time around. I can't see this lasting very long if anything drastic happens. North Korea dug its own grave once the country was divided, it was only a matter of time before it showed.
All I can do is just sit back and wait with the rest of the world. My condolences to the innocent in both Koreas who will go through this inevitable hell.
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can we stop discussing nuclear war strategies? this thread is supposed to be for news and the discussion of news. bickering about where to nuke isn't constructive at all.
i don't want to live through winteri can't stand to see everything ending
UN says that it's off after Best Korea says it's on
One of two things will happen: Best Korea will ignore it, or they'll do absolutely nothing.The armistice ending the Korean War is still valid and still in force, despite North Korea's claim that it has been nullified, the top U.N. spokesman said Monday.
Martin Nesirky said the 60-year-old armistice agreement had been adopted by the U.N. General Assembly and neither North Korea nor South Korea could dissolve it unilaterally.
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