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  • Incendiary, explosive balloons from Gaza continue to hit southern Israel

    08/13/2020 8:07:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Jeruselum Post ^ | AUGUST 12, 2020 | TZVI JOFFRE
    On Wednesday, at least 24 fires were sparked by incendiary balloons in southern Israel in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and in the Eshkol Regional Council. On Tuesday, over 68 fires were sparked by incendiary and explosive balloons throughout the Gaza envelope, burning about 200 hectares of land. "We won't allow Israel to change the rules of the game; we will respond to every attack by it," said the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group on Wednesday. "Balloon launches are part of the national operations and this will continue in order to place pressure on Israel to carry out what was...
  • Innovative laser system to intercept incendiary balloons

    12/27/2019 12:03:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/19 | Mordechai Sones
    Police have developed a laser-based defense system, similar in essence to the Iron Dome system and intended to thwart incendiary balloons and drones launched from Gaza toward Israel, Yisrael Hayom reported. The laser system is known as the "Light Blade", and police say it is the first in the world to demonstrate operational capability to blast balloons and drones. The balloons and kite threat from Gaza that sparked fires in the south and hilly localities and that have the capability to carry payloads and other explosive devices, led the Border Patrol and the Police Means Development Department - in collaboration...
  • Not just Party City: Why helium shortages worry scientists and researchers

    05/18/2019 12:23:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 18, 2019 | Mary Pflum
    This month’s announcement from Party City that it’s closing more than 40 stores as it grapples with new challenges, including diminishing helium supplies, likely came as unwelcome news to customers who count on the store for their balloon and event planning needs. But for scientists like Mark Elsesser, the announcement was something of a relief, inflating hopes that the public, and the government, might start paying closer attention. “When it comes to helium, we’re at a tipping point,” said Elsesser, who is the associate director of government affairs at the American Physical Society, a nonprofit association of physicists. “Party City...
  • Proposed bill would ban of the distribution of all balloons (Massachusetts)

    11/05/2019 1:27:41 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Oct. 15, 2019 ^ | Morgyn Joubert, Lindsey Kane
    SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A bill to ban balloons in Massachusetts is attracting attention. Environmentalists nationwide are pushing for bans on plastic bags, plastic straws and now, balloons. Environmentalists said that balloons can be deadly when they are released into the air because pieces fall back Also, locally, a bill was heard at the State House today that pushes to ban the sale, use, and distribution of all balloons. to earth and are eaten by birds and turtles and they have said creatures can also get tangled in the strings.
  • Israel confirms deal with Hamas: 'The violence will stop'

    06/28/2019 3:08:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/6/19
    Israel confirmed Friday morning that it had reached an agreement for a truce with the Hamas terror organization, hours after Arab media outlets reported on the deal. A senior Israeli official confirmed to Army Radio – Galey Tzahal that the Israeli government had indeed signed on to the deal, which would soften economic sanctions on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in exchange for an end to incendiary bomb attacks on Israeli border towns and farm land. As part of the agreement, Israel will expand the fishing area open to Gazan boats to 15 miles from the shore. Dozens of boats confiscated...
  • Hamas furious at Israel's response to balloon terror

    06/26/2019 1:12:01 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/19 | Dalit Halevy
    Khalil al-Hayya, a senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, on Tuesday said Israel bore full responsibility for the deterioration of the situation due to what he called “Israeli procrastination in the implementation of the understandings regarding the lull.” "The game of the occupation regarding the fishing area and the cessation of fuel supply to the power plant bring the understandings to a very dangerous situation with grave consequences," al-Hayya warned. Israel restricted the permitted fishing area in the Gaza Strip and, on Tuesday, stopped fuel deliveries to the power station in Gaza. The moves are in response...
  • Hamas entices preschoolers to play with incendiary balloons

    10/03/2018 12:40:25 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/18
    A new attempt by Hamas to entice Israeli children to play with incendiary balloons includes choosing colorful balloons and attaching lights and toys to them, Yediot Ahronot reported. According to the report, a cluster of balloons recently found in the Eshkol Region was attached to an explosive toy. The balloons, found late at night, were colorful and included colorful flashing lights. Kibbutz Be'eri's secretary, Yaniv Hagi, told Yediot Aharonot: "Incendiary balloons land in our kibbutz at all hours of day and night. They arrive with flashing and sparkling lights, and some of the balloons have smiley faces on them, so...
  • Not satisfied with banning plastic straws, now the enviro Left is coming after a party favorite

    08/15/2018 3:14:28 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 54 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 08/15/18 | USA Features
    Insanity: Despite the fact that you could bury the world’s trash in a minuscule portion of the Earth, Left-wing environmental wackos are hell-bent on getting as many modern conveniences banned or regulated as possible. In recent months they’ve managed to convince liberal lawmakers and policymakers that plastic straws will destroy the planet if they are not banned from at least some major cities. Now these same goofballs are coming after another party favorite: Balloons.
  • Illinois protesters greet Trump with giant 'Trump chicken'

    07/26/2018 7:29:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26, 2018 | Aris Folley
    Protesters greeted President Trump on his visit to Granite City, Ill., with a giant balloon depicting him as a chicken. Trump delivered remarks at the U.S. Steel Co.'s Granite City Works, where he also took credit for the plant’s reopening following his increased tariffs on imports. Protesters lined up hours ahead of his visit to greet the president with the “Trump chicken” balloon and numerous signs attacking the president as a “liar,” calling for his impeachment, and slamming his controversial “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Last week, another 33-foot-tall inflatable blimp depicting Trump as a chicken captured headlines after it was...

    11/26/2015 3:22:14 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    ATlas Obscura ^ | November 26, 2015 | ALLISON MEIER
    Tony Sarg & an elephant balloon (via the procession of bands, balloons, and high-production spectacles makes its annual appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, let's time travel back to the 1920s to the innovative puppeteer who made the inflatable characters part of the American holiday.The Macy's parade started in 1924, but in 1927 its collaboration with Tony Sarg took things way up a few whimsical notches. Working with fellow puppeteer Bil Baird, a 60-foot balloon dragon, tottering Felix the Cat, hummingbird, and other buoyant wonders made their way down the Manhattan streets, and the crowds went wild.As Jimmy Stamp wrote at Smithsonian Magazine, these...
  • Someone’s seen the movie ‘Up’ a few too many times, but holy crap . .

    07/07/2015 5:47:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/07/15 | Dan Calabrese
    . . . "he was at cloud level,' in a freaking lawn chair. Dude, come on. You do know that Up was a movie, right? An animated movie, dude. You can’t tie a hundred helium balloons together and use them to go flying. This is real life. It doesn’t work that way, dude. You’re not getting up in the air sitting in a lawn chair you bought for $20 at the corner store, and you’re not going flying, so just forget about this whole thing and . . . holy crap! And sure enough, up went 26-year-old Daniel Boria of...
  • Balloon-ey!: Vatican takes wrong lesson from dove attack

    01/31/2015 6:40:14 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 21 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | January 31, 2015 | Daniel Clark
    Balloon-ey!: Vatican takes wrong lesson from dove attack by Daniel Clark On the last Sunday of January, the Vatican released the balloons of peace from St. Peter’s Square. You probably recognize this as a biblical allusion to the Great Flood, when Noah released a balloon that returned to him with an olive leaf in its beak. Mind you, balloons don’t have beaks, which is what made it so miraculous. Pope John Paul II had started an annual tradition of releasing two doves on that particular day, but last year when Pope Francis let the birds loose, a crow and a...
  • Pope Francis News 2015: Vatican Makes Balloons New Symbol of Peace After Last Year's Dove Attack

    01/28/2015 11:21:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Latin Post ^ | 25/01/2015 | Roberto Ontiveros
    On Sunday in St. Peter's Square, balloons were released as a gesture of peace instead of the traditional symbol of flying doves. This comes one year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds ignited protests by animal protection groups. Ever since Pope John Paul II started the tradition of releasing doves on the last Sunday of January every year, children have been at a window of the papal studio overlooking the square with the pope, setting free a pair of doves for world peace, according to the Associated Press. In 2014, the act of...
  • Timelapse: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta [HD video]

    11/18/2013 8:36:26 PM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies ^ | 10-28-2013 |
    You've never seen hot air balloons like this before! A couple of weeks ago, Albuquerque, New Mexico held its 42nd annual International Balloon Fiesta. It's a 9-day event where over 700 balloons see liftoff. It's the largest hot air balloon festival in the entire world and we were on hand to capture the action. Turn the Volume up, HD on and enjoy this Balloon Fiesta Experience! *if you are capable of watching in a higher resolution than 1080p choose original as this film was finished in 4k* Beep.. Beep.. Beep.. The Alarm goes off at 4 am. Time to get...
  • What Happened to the Lady with the Yellow Balloons?

    04/18/2013 9:07:54 PM PDT · by murron · 4 replies
    4-18-2013 | Myself
    In the video showing the two suspects walking, there is a lady holding several yellow balloons. She eventually steps aside at some point as the two suspects keep walking. When you look at the video of the first explosion, you see a cluster of yellow balloons go flying in the air. Were these the balloons that the lady was holding? Was she injured in the blast?
  • Obama likely to skip balloon drop after nomination speech

    09/05/2012 2:16:56 PM PDT · by kingattax · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-5-12 | Ed Henry and Kimberly Schwandt
    CHARLOTTE -- At political conventions, balloon drops usually produce iconic images of presidential nominees frolicking with their families in a sea of red, white and blue balloons triumphantly raining down on the arena stage. But Democratic sources tell Fox News this is one tradition President Obama will likely now have to skip after officials at the Democratic National Convention decided to move his Thursday night acceptance speech from the 65,000-seat outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the much-smaller indoor Time Warner Cable Arena, citing weather concerns. If you're standing on the main floor of the Time Warner center and look...
  • Moment of Armenian concert balloon explosion caught on camera

    05/07/2012 1:29:25 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | May 4, 2012 | telegraphtv
    More than 140 people were injured when gas-filled balloons exploded at a governing party campaign concert in the Armenian capital.
  • Ron Paul Ignores Iran's Treachery (GOP presidential candidate demonstrates appalling ignorance)

    11/11/2011 6:32:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/11/2011 | Reza Kahlili
    Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is demonstrating an appalling ignorance on the Iranian nuclear issue and the threat it poses to world security. In fact, several times during the recent GOP debates he blamed the animosity against the U.S. in the Middle East on America's foreign policy. Paul recently argued on "Fox News Sunday" that sanctions should be removed altogether to get Iran to act differently and that the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear pursuit was an "overreaction." He added that Iran does not pose a threat to either the U.S. or the region. The congressman from Texas insists that...
  • MK Kara: 2,000 Blue and White Balloons to Greet Ahmadinejad

    10/14/2010 7:48:55 PM PDT · by Salem · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/2010 | by David Lev
    On his visit to Lebanon this week, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may or may not throw a “symbolic stone” over the northern border to express his hatred of Israel. Reports on whether the stone-throwing will actually take place are unclear, but one thing that is clear is that Ahmadinejad will be greeted by a volley of blue and white balloons – 2,000 of them – courtesy of Likud MK Ayoub Kara. “We are planning to fly 2,000 balloons across the northern border to Lebanon when Ahmadinejad comes for a visit Wednesday,” Kara told Voice of Israel radio. “The balloons represent...
  • Dozens Report UFO Over New York City

    10/14/2010 4:14:29 PM PDT · by FromLori · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Fox ^ | 10/14/10 | FRANK ROSARIO
    <p>Has Chelsea become so trendy even Martians are scouting for co-ops?</p> <p>A silvery vision of a dozen balloon-like dots hovering in yesterday's clear-blue sky over West 23rd Street in Manhattan had thousands speculating the mysterious objects might be UFOs.</p> <p>Callers began phoning the NYPD and Federal Aviation Administration at 1:30 p.m. with reports of the strange, silver objects high in the sky.</p>