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  • U.S. Fed buys $3.4 billion of mortgage bonds, sells none

    11/30/2017 11:28:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2017 | by Staff
    NEW YORK - The Federal Reserve bought $3.447 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week from Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, compared with $5.516 billion purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday. In a move to help the housing market begun in October 2011, the U.S. central bank has been using funds from principal payments on the agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, or MBS, it holds to reinvest in agency MBS.
  • Housing woes spur Bay Area residents to ponder exodus from costly region, poll says

    09/19/2017 7:29:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | September 19, 2017 | By GEORGE AVALOS
    BERKELEY — The Bay Area’s brutal spikes in home prices have spurred more than half of its residents to dream of escaping from the expensive region, and the urge to flee is strongest among millennials, according to new poll results. In July, the median price of a single-family home in the nine-county Bay Area was $804,000, up 10.1 percent from a year earlier. The new Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll determined that 65 percent of the Bay Area’s registered voters and 48 percent of voters in California describe the issue of housing affordability as an “extremely serious” problem. The...
  • The Air Comes Out of the Anti-Trump Balloon

    04/18/2017 11:00:24 AM PDT · by bigbob · 22 replies
    Scott Adams blog ^ | 4-18-17 | Scott Adama
    In January of this year, President Trump’s critics were marching in the streets because they believed he was about to go full-Hitler. Or maybe he was just crazy, and about to do something dangerously stupid. Today their biggest complaint is that President Trump hasn’t shared his tax returns with the public. How’s everything else looking? The economy? Looking good. North Korea? Looks like China is on our side. Good sign. Syria? Those Tomahawk missiles were downright “Presidential” Illegal Immigration? Already down 70% from Trump’s persuasion alone. Supreme Court? Gorsuch is respected and qualified, even if you don’t like his ways....
  • Customer says party store employee refused to fill balloon order after learning it's for officer

    10/03/2016 5:40:02 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    WPXI ^ | October 3, 2016
    PLEASANT HILLS, Pa. - A customer said a Party City employee refused to fill her balloon order after finding out it was for a police officer’s memorial ceremony. Karly Lane told Channel 11 she went to Party City on Saturday to buy a dozen blue and black balloons for her friend, Duquesne officer Robert GoGo Jr., who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident almost a month ago. Lane told the clerk that the balloons were for a memorial ceremony in GoGo’s honor. The clerk allegedly told Lane she refused to support a police officer and had someone else wait on...
  • 16 Dead in Texas After Hot Air Balloon Hits Power Line, Catches Fire

    07/30/2016 11:53:28 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies ^ | Jul 30, 2016 | MORGAN WINSOR
    Sixteen people died this morning when a large hot air balloon struck a high-voltage power line, caught fire and crashed in a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, according to Texas authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration said.
  • Hot Air Balloon Carrying 16 Crashes; Likely No Survivors

    07/30/2016 9:13:24 AM PDT · by gop4lyf · 82 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 7/30/16 | unknown
    Federal officials said a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday. Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said there doesn't appear to be any survivors. "The balloon was occupied and it does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash," Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law said in a statement. "Investigators are determining the number and the identities of victims at this time." Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the accident happened about 8:40 a.m. Saturday near Lockhart, Texas, when the...
  • India to take up balloon intrusion in Rajasthan with Pakistan

    01/28/2016 1:47:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Times of India ^ | 01/27/2016 | Rajit Pandit
    India will take up with Pakistan the issue of air intrusion by a huge balloon which was shot down by a Sukhoi-30MKI after it was detected coming from across the border into the Barmer region of Rajasthan by IAF radars on Tuesday morning. Though the "commercial" balloon manufactured by a US company did not contain any suspicious payload like sensors and cameras or any explosive material, sources said it could have been used to probe Indian air defence capabilities. It's a standard military practice to fly aircraft, helicopters, drones and the like near a border to test an adversary's sensors...
  • Lost weather balloon turns up two years later with stunning views of Grand Canyon

    09/12/2015 5:42:44 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Sept 11, 2015 | Cox Media Group National Content Desk
    In June 2013, a group of friends launched a weather balloon a few miles from Tuba City, Arizona. Enjoy the video of our launch preparations, video footage, and some data analysis of the flight," Bryan Chan writes in the description section of the video sharing site. --- snip --- The balloon soars thousands of feet in minutes and keeps going. It eventually captures breathtaking views of the earth and Grand Canyon from space. The group used a "GoPro Hero3, Sony Camcorder, Samsung Galaxy Note II phone," Chan writes. "The GoPro and camcorder were recording video footage, while the phone was...
  • Balloon crew nearing North America surpasses duration record

    01/31/2015 3:49:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 5 hours ago 2015-01-30 | Associated Press (AP)
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already has eclipsed a distance milestone as they approach North America. Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia were headed south along the California coast when they surpassed the duration record of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds aloft in a traditional gas balloon. The pair launched from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time, eclipsed the...
  • Activist Plans to Bring 'The Interview' to North Korea by Balloon

    12/31/2014 1:26:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/31/14
    A South Korean activist said Wednesday that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony's "The Interview" toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un. Activist Park Sang-hak said he will start dropping 100,000 DVDs and USBs with the movie by balloon in North Korea as early as late January. Park, a North Korean defector, said he's partnering with the U.S.-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation, which is financing the making of the DVDs and USB memory sticks of the movie with Korean subtitles. **SNIP** It is not clear how effective the...
  • Sony Hack: Activists to Drop 'Interview' DVDs Over North Korea Via Balloon (coming Jan.)

    12/17/2014 5:18:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12/16/2014 | Paul Bond
    Sony Hack: Activists to Drop 'Interview' DVDs Over North Korea Via Balloon by Paul Bond 12/16/2014 4:03pm PDT This story also appears in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Whether or not North Korea is behind the Sony hack, Kim Jong Un better brace himself because The Interview is headed to his country. Human rights activists are planning to airlift DVDs of the Seth Rogen comedy into the country via hydrogen balloons. Fighters for a Free North Korea, run by Park Sang Hak, a former government propagandist who escaped to South Korea, has for years used balloons...
  • Surveillance balloon no help in Frein search, police say

    10/29/2014 2:45:31 PM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 20 replies
    wfmz ^ | Oct 29 2014
    BARRETT TWP., Pa. - Another tool in the police arsenal used to try to find an accused cop killer has not been as useful as hoped, officials said. A surveillance balloon borrowed from the Ohio Department of Transportation has been returned, according to State police spokesman Tom Kelly. The unmanned mylar balloon was not helpful, due to the tree canopy and rugged terrain of the search area, Kelly said Wednesday. Authorities have been searching for 31-year-old Eric Frein for more than six weeks. Frein is the lone suspect in the ambush shooting of two state police officers in the parking...
  • Balloon doesn't locate Frein

    10/29/2014 4:24:59 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    PHILADELPHIA — The helium-filled balloon that was deployed to search for Pennsylvania fugitive Eric Frein has been returned to Ohio. “Due to the tree canopy and rugged terrain of our search area, the balloon was not as helpful as everyone hoped it would be,” said Pennsylvania State Trooper Tom Kelly. The dense woods of the Poconos have hampered every method of searching for Frein, police have said. The terrain has made it difficult for officers to search for the slaying suspect on foot, with search dogs, with helicopters and now the unmanned balloon.
  • High Altitude Balloon Keeps Going

    10/23/2014 5:54:34 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies ^ | 19OCT2014 | Brian Benchoff
    Here’s a post from the AMSAT-UK high altitude balloon blog. It’s a great story about a balloon cruising at about 12km above the Earth completing its sixth circumnavigation of the planet. That post is from October 4th, and two weeks later the balloon is still going strong. Right now it’s over the Baltic heading into Russia with no sign of stopping or popping any time soon. The balloon was launched July 12, 2014 from Silverstone, UK. In the 100 days since then, this balloon has covered 144168 kilometers and has crossed its launching longitude six times. Even if this balloon...
  • 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...
  • Giant NASA Balloon Mission to See Comet ISON Suffers Telescope Glitch

    10/01/2013 8:55:16 PM PDT · by oxcart · 14 replies ^ | 09/30/13 | Leonard David
    An ambitious one-day mission to observe the potentially dazzling Comet ISON with a telescope dangling from a colossal NASA balloon this weekend has failed due to a mechanical glitch, NASA officials say. The mission, called the Balloon Rapid Response for ISON (BRRISON), lifted off from Fort Sumner, N.M., on Saturday (Sept. 28) in a bid to make telescope observations of Comet ISON — which some scientists have dubbed as a potential "comet of the century" if brightens on its way into the inner solar system. The telescope-toting balloon aimed to observe the comet from the Earth's upper atmosphere in infrared...
  • Donte Stallworth reportedly involved in hot air balloon accident

    03/16/2013 12:24:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | Mar 16 2013, 1:55p | By JP Starkeyon
    Stallworth is reportedly in stable condition, and suffered burns when the hot air balloon he was traveling in hit power lines. He was traveling in the hot air balloon with his girlfriend, and it's unknown whether or not she suffered any injuries as well. The New England Patriots signed Stallworth in 2012, but placed him on injured reserve after New England's Week 14 win over the Houston Texans. Stallworth suffered an ankle injury after hauling in a 63-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady, and unfortunately saw his season cut short as a result. The Patriots are believed to be interested...
  • Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash Death Toll Rises to 19

    02/26/2013 6:35:36 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | February 26, 2013 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and HAGGAG SALAMA
    A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 foreign tourists in one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents and handing a new blow to Egypt's ailing tourism industry. The casualties included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad told reporters. Three survivors — two British tourists and the Egyptian pilots — were taken to a local hospital, but one of the Britons later died of injuries.
  • 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.
  • Balloon Pilot Edward Ristaino: "You Need To Get Out Now."

    03/20/2012 12:28:59 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | Mar 19, 2012 | By JEFF MARTIN and TOM BREEN
    As a fierce thunderstorm that seemed to come out of nowhere closed in, hot-air balloon pilot Edward Ristaino spotted an open field 4,000 feet below and calmly and tersely warned the five skydivers aboard the craft, "You need to get out now." He may have saved their lives, but he lost his own. With lightning spidering across the sky and the wind rocking their parachutes, the skydivers floated safely to the ground, while the balloon was sucked up into the clouds, then sent crashing to earth. Ristaino's body wasn't found until Monday, nearly three days later. "If we would...