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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Auroras over Northern Canada

    07/14/2014 4:45:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | July 14, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Gusting solar winds and blasts of charged particles from the Sun resulted in several rewarding nights last December for those anticipating auroras. The above image captured dramatic auroras stretching across a sky near the town of Yellowknife in northern Canada. The auroras were so bright that they not only inspired awe, but were easily visible on an image exposure of only 1.3 seconds. A video taken concurrently shows the dancing sky lights evolving in real time as tourists, many there just to see auroras, respond with cheers. The conical dwellings on the image right are teepees, while far in...
  • Planned Parenthood gives award to local office for increasing number of abortions

    07/02/2014 6:40:12 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/1/14 | Ben Johnson
    AURORA, CO – A Planned Parenthood affiliate awarded a local business for increasing the number of abortions it performed over the previous year. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains gave a special commendation to its office in Aurora, Colorado, for "exceeding abortion visits first half of fiscal year 2012 compared to first half of fiscal year 2013.” A former abortion industry worker took a picture of the award and sent it to And Then There Were None, the ministry of former Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson to those employed in her former industry. “Ever since I left Planned Parenthood, I...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Persistent Saturnian Auroras

    06/22/2014 10:19:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | June 22, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Are Saturn's auroras like Earth's? To help answer this question, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cassini spacecraft monitored Saturn's South Pole simultaneously as Cassini closed in on the gas giant in January 2004. Hubble snapped images in ultraviolet light, while Cassini recorded radio emissions and monitored the solar wind. Like on Earth, Saturn's auroras make total or partial rings around magnetic poles. Unlike on Earth, however, Saturn's auroras persist for days, as opposed to only minutes on Earth. Although surely created by charged particles entering the atmosphere, Saturn's auroras also appear to be more closely modulated by the...
  • Saturn's Magnetic Field Auroras: Evidence for Creation

    06/04/2014 9:03:05 AM PDT · by fishtank · 11 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 6-4-2014 | Brian Thomas
    Saturn's Magnetic Field Auroras: Evidence for Creation by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Over a million people have viewed the NASA video "Walking On Air," which features stunning arctic and Antarctic auroras photographed from the International Space Station.1 They look like glowing green metallic clouds swirling high above broad stretches of Earth's poles. New evidence confirms that, like Earth, Saturn's magnetic field helps create its own auroras. This space spectacle attracts a more fundamental question about where its magnetic field came from in the first place. Though Saturn is incredibly distant, the Hubble telescope was able to record its auroras in...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Satellite Station and Southern Skies

    05/31/2014 4:30:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | May 31, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This clear night skyscape captures the colorful glow of aurora australis, the southern lights, just outside the port city of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, planet Earth. As if staring into the dreamlike scene, the Tasmanian Earth Resources Satellite Station poses in the center, illuminated by nearby city lights. Used to receive data from spacebased Earth observing instruments, including NASA's MODIS and SeaWiFS, the station was decommissioned in 2011 and dismantled only recently, shortly after the picture was taken on April 30. Still shining in southern skies though, the central bulge of our Milky Way galaxy and two bright satellite galaxies...
  • Bystanders file suit after being detained by Aurora police looking for suspect

    05/19/2014 7:21:20 AM PDT · by SpeakerToAnimals · 106 replies
    fox31 denver ^ | kdvr web staff
    Bystanders file suit after being detained by Aurora police looking for suspect
  • Northern Lights' Physics Could Aid in Nuclear Fusion

    05/07/2014 3:25:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 06, 2014 10:25am ET | Katia Moskvitch,
    The aurora is more than just a breathtaking display of light. It may also hold the secret of a magnetic phenomenon related to the nuclear fusion powering the sun. This secret could even help create nuclear fusion in the lab, says a team of researchers. Nuclear fusion is a reaction that combines the nuclei of two atoms into one. The process powers stars, but getting a self-sustained fusion reaction going on Earth is very difficult, and has so far eluded scientists. For example, in February, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California made headlines when they managed to spur...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Aurora Dog over Alaska

    04/29/2014 4:04:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    NASA ^ | April 29, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Sometimes it is hard to believe what you see in the sky. While leading his annual aurora tour last month near Fairbanks in central Alaska, astrophotographer John Chumack and his company saw a most unusual aurora. This bright aurora appeared to change into the shape of a jumping dog, complete with a curly tail. He was able to capture the fleeting natural apparition in the above image with a 15-second exposure through a wide-angle lens. By coincidence, he also captured a background sky filled with familiar highlights. Planets visible include bright Jupiter through the dog's front legs and reddish...
  • The KKK Tries to Make A Comeback

    04/15/2014 3:39:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Time ^ | 4/15
    As a former Klan leader is charged with killing three in Kansas, the frayed white supremacy group is trying to attract new members. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates the number of hate groups in the U.S. has risen from 602 in 2000 to 939 in 2013 The Ku Klux Klan was once a major force in America, with a membership of nearly 4 million that regularly included mayors, chiefs of police and other grandees of segregated regions, especially in the South and Midwest. Its been decades since the Klan held that sort of mainstream sway, but Sundays deadly rampage...
  • Kansas City Shooter Inspired by Leftist Anti-Israel Demagogue Max Blumenthal-Cited by Killer

    04/15/2014 6:06:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-15-14 | http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/anti-israel-leftist-cited-by-anti-semitic-killer-mocked
    Anti-Israel Leftist Cited by Anti-Semitic Killer Mocked Idea that American Jews are At Risk - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Anti-Israel Leftist Cited by Anti-Semitic Killer Mocked Idea that American Jews are At RiskPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 14, 2014 @ 12:27 pm In The Point | 4 Comments Leftist Anti-Israel journalist Max Blumenthal, who is affiliated with The Nation, ridiculed the idea that American Jews are an at risk population.Blumenthal, whose attacks on Israel and Jews were described as anti-Semitic even by many on the left, and whose work was allegedly cited by the Kansas City killer and...
  • Chilling 2010 Interview With Right-Wing Jewish Center Shooter

    04/14/2014 6:28:09 PM PDT · by Borges · 37 replies
    AATP ^ | 4/14/2014
    In a 2010 interview, Alan Colmes talked with a KKK Grand Dragon, who would later become the Jewish Center shooter, as he was running for Senate in Missouri as a Republicanand the glimpse into the mind of this madman that the interview offers is simply horrifying. On Sunday, Frazier Glenn Miller, or Frazier Glenn Cross, murdered three people at two different Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kansasincluding a man, woman, and child. He shot at two others, but they were uninjured. As he was arrested, the founder of the White Patriot Party screamed Heil Hitler! Frazier/Cross told Colmes, a Jewish...
  • Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on the Kansas City Area Shooting: I Was Horrified [BS Alert]

    04/14/2014 9:08:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    ticklethewire.com ^ | 4/14/14 | Allan Lengel
    The shooting in the Kansas City area on Sunday at Jewish facilities that killed three was a horrifying reminder of the dangers some hate groups pose. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Monday morning issued a statement on the matter. I was horrified to learn of this weekends tragic shootings outside Kansas City. These senseless acts of violence are all the more heartbreaking as they were perpetrated on the eve of the solemn occasion of Passover. Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute...
  • Did 'Nazi' Gunman Single Out Jews for Death in Suburban Kansas City Rampage?

    04/13/2014 4:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 13, 2014 | Staff
    A smirking gunman who reportedly shouted Nazi slogans opened fire at a Jewish community center and an old-age home in a suburb of Kansas City, killing three people. The gunman, said to be an older man, singled out Jewish victims for death, Rabbi Herbert Mandl, a chaplain with the Overland Park Police Department, told CNN. Asking someone if you are Jewish before shooting sounds very much like a hate crime, Mandl said. Police said two people were killed at the JCC of Greater Kansas City, where children were auditioning for a musical. Despite Mandls assertion, the JCC victims were identified...
  • 3 people killed in shooting at Overland Park Kansas Jewish Community Center

    04/13/2014 2:13:46 PM PDT · by Mercat · 50 replies
    KMBC radio ^ | 04/13/2014 | none
    Local radio is reporting that there has been a shooting at the Overland Park, Kansas Jewish Community Center around 1:00 p.m. Central time. Man walking up to people asking if they are Jewish and boom. News conference at 5:00. Evidently CNN is reporting.
  • BREAKING: ABC Apologizes for Story That Connected Mozilla CEO to Hateful Westboro Baptist

    04/11/2014 11:43:56 AM PDT · by kingattax · 35 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 11, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider has apologized for a story on his network that connected a CEO who supports traditional marriage to the Westboro Baptist Church and their offensive "God hates fags" signs. Mr. Schneider contacted the Media Research Center on Thursday after our social media department requested members call and complain about the comparison.
  • Hate group to picket Kansas City funerals

    04/14/2014 2:53:52 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 14 Apr 14 | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    WASHINGTON The Westboro Baptist Church, an extremist organization known for its anti-gay activism, announced that it will picket the funerals of the three people killed in Sunday afternoons shooting attacks at two Kansas City Jewish sites. The church, which has famously picketed funerals of US military personnel and has protested against the American Jewish community, sent out a tweet shortly after the shooting saying, Thank God for shootings at Overland Park KS jewish centers! Westboro to picket funerals. God did not passover.
  • Kansas Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Identified as Former KKK Leader

    04/13/2014 8:55:20 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 92 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04-13-2014 | Gillian Mohney
    The 73-year-old man charged with murder in the shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, that left three people dead is reportedly the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Fraiser Glenn Cross Jr., of Aurora, Mo., was taken into custody in the parking lot of an elementary school near the scene of the shootings, and was booked on a charge of first degree murder, according to the Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office. Cross is an alias for Frasier Glenn Miller, the former KKK leader, according to the Southern...
  • Could it be the SR-72? ..mysterious object photographed flying over Texas is spy plane..

    04/02/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ashley Collman and Mark Prigg
    A retired Marine with nearly two decades of aviation experience has stepped forward with a compelling theory about a mysterious plane that was spotted flying over Texas last month. On March 10, photographers Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett took pictures of three puzzling aircraft flying over Amarillo, and posted them online in hopes of identifying the planes. Retired-Marine James Vineyard has submitted one of the more interesting explanations, telling the Houston Chronicle he believes they are SR-72 Blackbirds - a spy plane that can cross the U.S. in less than an hour, unmanned.
  • 'Mystery aircraft' over Texas draws speculation of real spy plane

    03/29/2014 4:03:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 94 replies
    chron.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Carol Christian |
    first time. Aviation Week & Space Technology journalist Bill Sweetman has posted photos taken March 10 by two veteran sky watchers, Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett. In his blog post of March 28, Sweetman writes that he and two Aviation Week editors agree that the photos depict "something real." In other words, these pictures aren't easily explained away by reports of known military flights or the work of someone who got carried away with Photoshop. So what can aviation experts say about the object in the photos? "The photos tell us more about what the mysterious stranger isn't than what...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orion and Aurora over Iceland

    03/24/2014 6:44:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | March 24, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: If you see a sky like this -- photograph it. A month ago in Iceland, an adventurous photographer (pictured) chanced across a sky full of aurora and did just that. In the foreground lies the stratovolcano rfajkull. In the background, among other sky delights, lies the constellation of Orion, visible to the aurora's left. Auroras are sparked by energetic particles from the Sun impacting the magnetic environment around the Earth. Resultant energetic particles such as electrons and protons rain down near the Earth's poles and impact the air. The impacted air molecules obtain excited electrons, and when electrons in...
  • 3-alarm fire rips through historic downtown Garrettsville (OH)

    03/22/2014 4:32:44 PM PDT · by EBH · 9 replies
    NewsNet5 ^ | 3/22/14 | Dena Greer, Veronica McGraw
    GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio - Firefighters are battling a massive 3-alarm blaze in the Village of Garrettsville. Flames swept throughout Garrettsvilles historic downtown buildings and businesses on Route 82 (Main Street), just east of the Route 88 intersection, around 1:15 p.m. Saturday. The blaze is not under control, but spreading. Buildings from the 1800's are a total loss. Sources tell NewsChannel 5 that water is being pulled from the Silver Creek River to help battle the massive fire. A person witnessing the blaze said that it feels like the whole downtown portion of the village is on fire. Auburn, Aurora, Bainbridge, Boardman,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Time-Lapse Auroras Over Norway

    12/29/2013 8:45:18 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    NASA ^ | December 29, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Sometimes, after your eyes adapt to the dark, a spectacular sky appears. Such was the case in 2011 March when one of the largest auroral displays in recent years appeared over northern locations like the border between Norway and Russia. Pictured in the above time-lapse movie, auroras flow over snow covered landscapes, trees, clouds, mountains and lakes found near Kirkenes, Norway. Many times the auroras are green, as high energy particles strike the Earth's atmosphere, causing the air to glow as electrons resettle into their oxygen hosts. Other colors are occasionally noticeable as atmospheric nitrogen also becomes affected. In...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Alaska Aurora Sequence

    12/28/2013 5:28:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | December 28, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A remarkably intense auroral band flooded the northern night with shimmering colors on December 7. The stunning sequence captured here was made with a camera fixed to a tripod under cold, clear skies near Ester, just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. Left to right, spanning a period of about 30 minutes, the panels follow changes in the dancing curtains of northern lights extending to altitudes of over 100 kilometers in a band arcing directly overhead. The panels span 150 degrees vertically, covering about 500 kilometers of aurora laying across the sky from edge to edge. The auroral activity was triggered...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Creature Aurora Over Norway

    11/06/2013 9:06:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    NASA ^ | November 06, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It was Halloween and the sky looked like a creature. Exactly which creature, the astrophotographer was unsure (but possibly you can suggest one). Exactly what caused the eerie apparition was sure: one of the best auroral displays in recent memory. This spectacular aurora had an unusually high degree of detail. Pictured above, the vivid green and purple auroral colors are caused by high atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen reacting to a burst of incoming electrons. Birch trees in Troms, Norway formed an also eerie foreground. Many other photogenic auroras have been triggered by recent energetic flares on the Sun.
  • Recent Sun Activity Spawns Stunning Aurorae

    11/01/2013 2:38:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Over the past several days the Sun has unleashed more than half a dozen major flares including four X-class events. The resulting aurora in some parts of the world have been beautiful. Heres a collection of recent images taken by Jason Arhns in Alaska. It seems the aurora is just blanketing not only the sky, but the landscape as well! See more below, as well as a video showing 23 of the 26 M- and X-class flares on the sun between Oct. 23 and Oct. 28, 2013, as captured by NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory. It also shows the coronal mass...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Night on a Spooky Planet

    10/31/2013 5:35:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | October 31, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What spooky planet is this? Planet Earth of course, on the dark and stormy night of September 12 at Hverir, a geothermally active area along the volcanic landscape in northeastern Iceland. Geomagnetic storms produced the auroral display in the starry night sky while ghostly towers of steam and gas venting from fumaroles danced against the eerie greenish light. Tonight, there is still a chance for geomagnetic storms triggered by recent solar activity, so high-latitude skygazers should beware. And ghostly shapes may dance in your neighborhood, too.Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!
  • Heroes in Aurora

    07/24/2012 7:07:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 24, 2012 | Bruce Bawer
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Heroes in AuroraPosted By Bruce Bawer On July 24, 2012 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments Three episodes from recent European history: In 2007, the nationally known Swedish politician Anna Lindh was gunned down in a Stockholm shopping mall by a gunman who then fled the scene.  The place was busy.  Several people observed the crime.  But it didn’t occur to anybody to tackle the killer, and nobody rushed to stop him.The next year, on Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, a male model taking part in an outdoor fashion show just off...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Your Guide To When, Where and How To See The Aurora Borealis

    08/26/2013 2:17:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 26, 2013 | by Bob King on
    As for place, Churchill, Manitoba and Tromso, Norway come to mind, but until the transporter is invented, most of will be staying closer to home. The simple answer is north and the farther north the better. In the northern border states of the US, auroras occur fairly regularly around the time of solar maximum, when the sun peaks in storm activity. The current solar cycle tops out this summer and fall, so your chances at seeing northern lights are far better now than a year and a half ago when solar activity saw a steep decline during a protracted minimum.
  • GOP Lawmaker Accused of Racism Over Barbecue Chicken Comments

    08/22/2013 9:44:09 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 24 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 22, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    Controversy erupted in Colorado on Wednesday after a Republican legislator was accused of making racially insensitive remarks when she invoked images of barbecue and fried chicken while discussing the lower life expectancy among black Americans. The comments came during a meeting of the states Economic Opportunity and Poverty Reduction Task Force. State Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins), who is white, took the opportunity to address what she sees as an ongoing health problem among black citizens: When you look at life expectancy, theres certain problems in the black race. Sickle cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something...
  • Sun Fires Solar Storm Directly at Earth [but only Aurora activity is expected]

    08/21/2013 11:46:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    space.com ^ | August 20, 2013 02:18pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer
    The sun unleashed a powerful storm early Tuesday morning (Aug. 20), sending an enormous cloud of superheated particles rocketing toward Earth. The solar eruption, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), occurred at 4:24 a.m. EDT (0824 GMT) Tuesday and blasted billions of tons of solar particles toward Earth at a mind-boggling speed of 2 million mph (3.3 million km/h). ... Tuesday's blast doesn't appear to have too much disruptive potential. "In the past, geomagnetic storms caused by CMEs of this strength have usually been mild," NASA officials wrote. CMEs that hit Earth can also ramp up the auroras, also...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland

    08/19/2013 2:58:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | August 19, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why would the sky still glow after sunset? Besides stars and the band of our Milky Way galaxy, the sky might glow because it contains either noctilucent clouds or aurora. Rare individually, both are visible in the above time lapse movie taken over Caithness, Scotland, UK taken during a single night earlier this month. First noted in 1885, many noctilucent clouds are known to correlate with atmospheric meteor trails, although details and the origins of others remain a topic of research. These meandering bright filaments of sunlight-reflecting ice crystals are the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere. The above...
  • Coffman Calls for Cut in U.S. Aid to Egypt

    03/13/2013 10:26:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | March 13, 2013
    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) blasted the Obama administration on Wednesday for suspending tuition assistance benefits for Army and Marine Corps servicemen, and called on the White House to restore funding to the program by paring back U.S. assistance to Egypt. We are not under any obligation to continue to provide [Egypt] with over a billion and a half dollars in aid every year. Re-prioritizing this funding to our soldiers and Marines is the right thing to do, said Coffman. Coffman has proposed trimming $500 million from unspent foreign aid to Egypt, and reprogramming the funding to the military tuition...
  • Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and Tancredo rally against Bloomberg today (Slideshow/video)

    07/19/2013 7:11:02 PM PDT · by RandallFlagg · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-19-13 | RandallFlagg
    Went to counter Bloomberg's anti-gun appearance today in Aurora, Colorado. I put most of the pics in the beginning and the videos after. I met a whole bunch of great guys. Had a blast.
  • RMGO email: Bloomberg will be in Aurora, CO Friday at noon

    07/18/2013 1:33:27 PM PDT · by RandallFlagg · 39 replies
    Email from RMGO | 7-18-13 | RandallFlagg
    Dear Randall, This Friday, July 19th, Mayor Michael Bloombergs anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will be doing a rally in Aurora as a part of their nationwide No More Names gun control tour. Join us for a peaceful counter-rally with other gun rights supporters across the state to tell gun-grabber Bloomberg to keep his hands off of our Constitutional rights. Here are the details: Gun Rights Counter-Rally Friday, July 19th 12:00 p.m. Smoky Hill Shelter Cherry Creek State Park (East Entrance) 4201 S. Parker Road Aurora, Colorado 80014 For your information, there is a $9 fee per vehicle to...
  • Monster radiation burst from Sun

    05/14/2013 9:07:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/14/13 | BBC
    The Sun has unleashed its most powerful eruption of 2013 so far. The solar flare - a sudden release of radiation - peaked at 1705 BST on Monday, and was associated with a huge eruption of matter. When these eruptions reach Earth, they can interfere with electronic systems in satellites and those on the ground. Nasa said this solar explosion - known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) - was not directed at Earth, but it could pass several US spacecraft. The event on Monday was classified as an "X-class" flare - the most intense type - with a designation...
  • FBI: Aurora teen arrested before heading to Syria to join jihadist militant group

    04/20/2013 3:33:19 PM PDT · by EBH · 41 replies
    Sun Times Media ^ | 4/20/2013
    An 18-year-old Aurora man was arrested Friday night before he tried making his way to Syria to join a jihadist militant group, federal authorities said. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was taken into custody without incident late Friday at OHare Airport by members of the Chicago FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force as he attempted to board a flight destined for Istanbul, Turkey, according to the FBIs Chicago office. Tounisi, a U.S. citizen, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin Saturday for allegedly attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He appeared on Saturday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tounisi,...
  • Northern lights may be visible tonight in central Pennsylvania; check around 8 p.m.

    04/13/2013 1:15:24 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    Penn Live ^ | 04/13/2013 | By Barbara Miller
    Pennsylvanians have a good chance of seeing the northern lights this evening, AccuWeather says, thanks to a solar flare Thursday. Best time for viewing will be around 8 p.m. Saturday, give or take seven hours. Viewing conditions will be best in the mid-Atlantic, specifically for parts of Pennsylvania and the Delmarva, says Accuweather.
  • Cho's Chains and Klebold's Correspondence Still Matter

    04/10/2013 12:03:46 PM PDT · by IChing · 5 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 4/10/13 | Donald Joy
    I know Im not the only one who remembers how, almost exactly 6 years ago at Virginia Tech, mass-murderer Seung-Hui Cho chained and padlocked the doors to an academic building shut. That was so that he could effectively trap his numerous (32 killed and 23 wounded) , defenseless victims inside except for the handful who managed to breach and exit second story windows, suffering injuries from falling to the ground and to keep the responding police outside for long, crucial minutes while he conducted his murderous rampage. Cho knew hed face no armed opponent once he had his...
  • Psychiatrist warned campus police about Aurora shooter a month before mass murder

    04/05/2013 1:05:05 PM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 5, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    In a revelation that may have Colorado voters rethinking their states push on gun control, court documents revealed that the mass shooting in Aurora that killed 12 and injured 70 more could have been prevented by law enforcement. The psychiatrist for suspect, James Holmes, had warned campus police that Holmes was dangerous and homicidal a month before the shooting took place. Lynne Fenton even told the police that Holmes had begun to stalk and threaten her, and yet no action was apparently taken:
  • Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes converts to Islam

    03/22/2013 5:24:00 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>The man who shot up an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises last summer has reportedly converted to Islam and prays up to five times a day.</p> <p>A prison source say the beard James Holmes sported in court last months represents his new-found faith. The source said Mr. Holmes has turned Muslim as a way of justifying his horrific crimes on July 20 which left 12 people dead and 58 people wounded, the Daily Mail reports.</p>
  • Claim: Aurora Shooting Suspect Now Muslim

    03/21/2013 8:01:14 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | march 21, 2013 | William Bigelow
    James Holmes, the gunman who massacred 12 people and left 58 others wounded in Aurora, Colorado last July 20, has decided he is now a Muslim so he can justify his barbarous assault. One prison source said, He has brainwashed himself into believing he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels. Holmes now prays five times a day, eats a strictly Muslim diet and has grown a thick beard. He also takes hours every day to study the Koran. Apparently some Muslim inmates have taken umbrage at Holmes conversion.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Reflected Aurora Over Alaska

    02/12/2013 4:14:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    NASA ^ | February 12, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Some auroras can only be seen with a camera. They are called subvisual and are too faint to be seen with the unaided eye. In the above image, the green aurora were easily visible to the eye, but the red aurora only became apparent after a 20-second camera exposure. The reason is that the human eye only accumulates light for a fraction of a second at a time, while a camera shutter can be left open much longer. When photographing an already picturesque scene near Anchorage, Alaska, USA, last autumn, a camera caught both the visual green and subvisual...
  • Oregon state senator calls for gun registration, laughs about shooting victim

    01/28/2013 3:40:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 28, 2013 | Joe Newby
    Ginny Burdick, a Democratic state senator from Oregon, called for gun registration while laughing about a shooting victim and insulting gun owners as "Rambos" in a video posted to YouTube on Sunday, Twitchy reported. "Theres a real Rambo complex going on here," she said. "You know my favorite one was the guy who after Aurora [Theater massacre] brought his gun to the same theater so he could get the attacker again and he shot himself in the butt," she added, laughing. "And that's a much more likely scenario instead of heading off an intruder." Ironically, the video starts with Burdick...
  • Widow Chantel Blunk sues psychiatrist who treated Aurora shooter James Holmes

    01/17/2013 6:35:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 36 replies
    News AU ^ | Jan 18, 2013
    <p>THE widow of a victim of the US theatre massacre is suing a psychiatrist for neglect, for failing to have the alleged shooter arrested despite him having "fantasised about killing a lot of people."</p> <p>The lawsuit, also citing the University of Colorado, alleges that Dr Lynne Fenton advised campus police about her concern regarding James Holmes, after he told her about the fantasy in June last year.</p>
  • Cobb GOP Breakfast: Father of Aurora shooting victim speaks on gun control

    01/11/2013 6:32:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    mdjonline.com ^ | 6 January, 2013 | Geoff Folsom
    MARIETTA An incoming lawmaker who has introduced several bills calling for loosening of concealed weapons laws in Georgia was told Saturday that his proposed legislation doesnt go far enough. Carrying a .45-caliber pistol on his side, Guy Bennett said his 22-year-old son was in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater where a gunman opened fire during a July 20 showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. Bennetts sons girlfriend was among those hit in the mass shooting, but survived. Bennett, speaking to a panel discussion of eight current, outgoing and future Republican state representatives...
  • Hostage Situation in US Turns Brutal: Four Dead

    01/05/2013 12:32:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/13
    A gunman killed three people before police shot him dead Saturday in a shooting at a house in the Colorado town of Aurora, the same town that played host to a massacre at a cinema last year, police said. NBC television's local affiliate KUSA cited police as saying that one survivor escaped from the house, where an "armed and dangerous" man had earlier barricaded himself inside with hostages, AFP reported. "The barricade situation is resolved. The suspect is dead. There were also three other victims found dead inside," the Aurora Police Department announced on its official Twitter account. Aurora made...
  • Aurora, Colorado, Possible Hostage Situation

    01/05/2013 8:35:33 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 28 replies
    As many as 40 officers, including SWAT teams and hostage negotiators, were on scene at the home in Aurora, Colorado, on Saturday, January 5. An armed and dangerous man was holed up inside a suburban Denver home early Saturday, possibly with as many as three hostages, police said.
  • Yes, Columbine Had Armed GuardsAnd They Saved Lives

    12/25/2012 11:01:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 25, 2012
    School Safety: Critics of the National Rifle Association's call for armed security guards at our schools respond that one famous school did have a sheriff's deputy on scene. But without him, the toll would have been much worse. After remaining silent on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre held a press conference Friday to condemn another tragedy in a gun-free zone and to advocate the placement of armed security guards at our schools as is done at airports, banks and other public venues. "It's now time for us to assume responsibility for our schools," he said....
  • How do Multiple Victim Public Shooters Decide Where to Attack? [They choose "gun free" zones]

    12/16/2012 6:13:01 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Why did James Holmes pick the Cinemark's Century 16 Theatre in Aurora, Colorado, to commit mass murder on July 20, 2012? You might think that he chose the closest theater to his apartment. Or, that he chose the one with the largest audience. Yet, neither explanation is right. Instead the Cinemark theater seems to have been chosen because it was the only one that banned guns. Out of all the movie theaters showing the new Batman movie that night, it was the one theater within convenient driving distance where guns were banned.In Colorado, individuals with permits are allowed to carry...