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  • Things That Go Boom!

    07/13/2014 10:36:43 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/13/2014 | N/A
    12 film clips of bridges, buildings, power plants etc being demo'd. They all blowed-up real good. Except for the one spectator who got a chunk of metal in his leg...
  • Church Demolition Highlights China's Fears Over Spread of Christianity

    05/05/2014 7:10:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 05/05/2014
    This week's demolition of a massive Protestant church in the eastern city of Wenzhou highlights the growing uneasiness of the ruling Chinese Communist Party over burgeoning numbers of Christians in the nominally atheist country, analysts said. Authorities completed on Monday the demolition of the 85,000-square foot (nearly 7,900-square meter) Sanjiang church, which once dominated the city with its soaring spires, gleaming white walls, and stained glass windows, saying it had far exceeded the size allowed in the building permit. Christians in Wenzhou, whose large numbers have earned it the nickname "the Jerusalem of the East," launched a frantic campaign to...
  • Public access barred at Newtown school demolition

    10/15/2013 7:15:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    ap ^ | 10/15/13 | ap
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December. Selectman Will Rodgers said officials want to protect the Newtown school where the 20 children and six educators were killed, The News-Times reported ( http://bit.ly/1amzP8L ). "It's a very sensitive topic," he said Monday. "We want it to be handled in a respectful way." Project manager Consigli Construction has barricaded the property and intends to screen the perimeter to prevent...
  • Colorado Landmark Gone in Two Quick Blasts

    04/19/2013 7:46:02 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 4/18/13 | Christopher Tomlinson
    We drove past Cameo so many times when I was growing up on our way to and from Grand Junction. Kind of sad to see it come down. I understand there is a proposal to turn the property into a rifle/pistol range of some sort.Check out the mid-April snow!
  • PA Arabs Re-enter Illegal Outpost

    01/31/2013 4:01:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Dozens of Palestinian Authority Arabs re-entered a demolished outpost near Jerusalem and started to rebuild it, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported. The illegal outpost, which Arabs have named al-Karamah (Dignity), was established last Friday near the PA Arab village of Beit Iksa, located between the Ramot and Mevasseret Zion neighborhoods of Jerusalem. On Saturday, the Arabs who set up the outpost said they planned to erect more tents in the outpost, as well as finish the construction of a small mosque in the encampment. The Arabs have said that the reason for the outpost is the fact that Beit...
  • Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by MISTAKE ...

    12/05/2012 4:55:07 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Matt Blake
    Blundering builders mistakenly bulldozed an 18th-century chateau in the heart of France's picturesque wine country - when they were only supposed to knock down an outhouse on its estate. Chateau de Bellevue, 12km to the east of Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases and imposing granite balconies. Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former baroque glory, including the removal of one small building. But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle instead, leaving the outhouse...
  • Op-Ed: A Letter from the Ulpana Families to Migron's Expellees

    09/02/2012 4:02:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/9/12 | Harel Cohen
    To our Brothers and Neighbors, the Courageous Residents of Migron, On this difficult day for the Jewish people, we are one. Ten years after we moved into our neighborhood, built with the blessing and aid of Israeli governments, we experienced firsthand the sufferings brought on by the hatred-motivated verdicts of the radical fringe groups that have taken over the state prosecutor's office and the Supreme Court. In pretending to uphold the rule of law, they have trampled upon both law and justice, destroying a lovely residential neighborhood in the heart of Israel and divided its population into two. But how...
  • Migron’s Dilemma: To Protest or not to Protest

    08/26/2012 4:20:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/8/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Residents of Migron face expulsion and are being pressured by the government to leave peacefully and by neighboring communities to protest. Migron has been the victim of the same type of government policies that uprooted Gush Katif Jews from their homes after years of government support and promises they would never be forced out of their homes. Promises from the Netanyahu administration to back Migron fell, one by one, even when investors bought a number of land parcels from alleged Palestinian Authority owners. The High Court did not deny the recent purchases were legal but ruled the change in property...
  • Migron Residents: Why Rush to Evacuate Us?

    08/26/2012 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/8/12 | Yoni Kempinsky and Elad Benari
    Residents of the community of Migron told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that they did not understand why the State was demanding that they leave their homes right away, particularly when the Supreme Court has not even yet discussed their case and is not scheduled to do so until Tuesday. Video .....
  • Migron Residents Change Name to Arabic Al-Majroon

    08/26/2012 4:13:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/8/12 | Yoni Kempinski and Gil Ronen
    "Official" name change ceremony held. Residents: If we were Arabs, we would not be treated this way. Video .....
  • Maoz Esther Demolition Photos

    08/08/2012 2:47:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/12
    Within two-and-a-half hours, security forces demolished the Maoz Esther outpost near Cochav Yaakov in Binyamin Tuesday night. Here are the images http://www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/242289
  • Anger in Hevron Region over Sabbath Demolition

    08/04/2012 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/8/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Border police evicted Jews from the Mitzpeh Avichai outpost in the Hevron region on Saturday, residents of the area report. The outpost has been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times. Homes have sometimes been destroyed in the middle of the night, and on at least one occasion, residents say, an Arab demolition crew stole valuables. However, they said Saturday night, never before have police carried out a demolition on the Sabbath. Resident Aryeh Davis accused the police of “adding insult to injury.” Davis, who has previously spoken to Arutz Sheva, said, “It’s not enough to destroy the land of Israel,...
  • Ulpana Residents, Government Sign Agreement

    06/19/2012 3:50:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/6/12 | Elad Benari
    Residents of the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El, whose homes were ordered to be demolished by the Supreme Court, agreed on Tuesday evening to leave their homes willingly and non-violently. In return, the government will keep its promise to built 300 new homes in Beit El. The agreement between the residents and the government was signed after ten days of negotiations between government representatives and representatives from Beit El, including the town’s rabbi, Rav Zalman Baruch Melamed, and its mayor Moshe Rosenbaum. ..... The agreement also stipulates that the homes on the disputed land will be moved to a new...
  • Beit El Prepares to Fight Demolition

    06/12/2012 4:08:02 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Hundreds of families have moved to Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood, local council head Moshe Rosenbaum told Arutz Sheva. “They are sleeping there, in order to prevent [demolition] with their bodies, in order to say that there is no way it will happen,” he said. He preferred not to specify the “red lines” that protesters will not cross. Earlier in the day MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz said demonstrators will not harm soldiers, but will give “everything they can” to prevent the planned forcible eviction. Protesters are not comforted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s promise to build 10 new homes in Beit...
  • Ketzaleh: Beit El Demolition a Plot to Topple Netanyahu

    06/03/2012 12:45:42 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The real reasoning behind plans to demolish Israeli homes in Beit El is a plan to topple Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz (Ichud Leumi) said Sunday. “There are two people who have a bad influence on the Prime Minister and want him to fail,” Ketzaleh said. “The first is state secretary Tzvika Hauser, who has crossed all the red lines and sides with Peace Now and Yesh Din who want to demolish 9,000 homes in Judea and Samaria.” The second is Defense Minister Ehud Barak, he said. “Barak knows that his time in office is over, and...
  • 40 Caravans En Route to Beit El – for Eviction?

    05/31/2012 12:04:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/5/12 | Gil Ronen
    Forty caravans (converted mobile homes) will be brought to Beit El in the coming days, in preparation for the planned demolition of the Givat HaUlpana neighborhood and the eviction of its residents from their homes. The move is in contravention of the Prime Minister's commitment to freeze all preparations for an eviction while efforts were being made to find other solutions to the problem. Arutz Sheva has learned that the caravans were intended for Jews in the community of Bnei Dekalim – who were uprooted from Gaza in the 2005 "Disengagement" and still have not found permanent residence. Instead, they...
  • Ulpana Residents Welcome Edelstein's Statements

    05/30/2012 4:10:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/12
    The residents of the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El welcomed on Wednesday evening the statement by Minister Yuli Edelstein, who promised that he would support a law regulating disputed Jewish communities, even if he has to pay with it by being dismissed. “We commend the minister on his absolute loyalty to the Likud platform, to morality, to the settlement enterprise in general and to the residents of the Ulpana neighborhood in particular, and call on all ministers to follow him and prevent the Israeli government from being stained by injustice,” the residents said. “Prime Minister Netanyahu must stand behind his...
  • Police, Yassam Forces Arrive in Ramat Migron

    05/16/2012 4:15:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/5/12
    Police and Yassam officers equipped with a backhoe arrived on Wednesday night at the community of Ramat Migron in Binyamin, the Tazpit news agency reported.
  • Government’s Fate Rests on Samaria Town

    04/20/2012 12:55:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/4/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The government will stand or fall in the next two weeks depending on what happens in the Israeli community of Beit El, north of Jerusalem. Ministers have informed Netanyahu that if the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El is destroyed, his coalition will follow. The warning came during a cabinet meeting in which the timetable for Judea and Samaria demolitions was revealed. Ulpana is scheduled to be demolished on May 1, the Givat Assaf community several weeks later, and Migron on August 1. Ministers told Netanyahu that the timetable is irrelevant, because if the May 1 destruction of Ulpana were to...
  • (US Forest Service Standard Procedure) Yes, There Is a Right Way to Blow Up an Animal Carcass

    04/18/2012 7:18:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 18, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Yes, there is a right way to blow up an animal carcass This, according to the US Forest Service document entitled "Obliterating Animal Carcasses with Explosives," is the right way. See those rectangles? Those represent sticks of dynamite. Their placement demonstrates how they should be positioned in order to achieve what the document calls "total obliteration." Pro-tip: The diagram up top illustrates how to explode a carcass when it needs to be eliminated quickly and absolutely. Under less urgent circumstances, the explosive placement illustrated below (corresponding to "partial obliteration") should suffice. Pro-tip #2: In some cases, it is probably best...
  • Debris from the imploded former home of the Orlando Magic strikes a bystander’s leg

    03/25/2012 8:33:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 25, 2012 | Kelly Dwyer
    Orlando Arena -- alternately known as Amway Arena, TD Waterhouse Center, and most annoyingly (a rare feat, considering the corporate naming entities) the O-rena -- was demolished on Sunday. With the Orlando Magic now playing their home games in the newish Amway Center (opened in 2010), it came time to end the O-rena's run. But not before it once played host to Greg Kite in pinstripes, and not without its debris taking a scratch out of a bystander's leg some two blocks away.
  • Illegal Arab Jerusalem Structure Razed

    02/09/2012 1:22:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/12 | Gil Ronen
    Police tore down Thursday a structure illegally built by Arabs near the northward bound Begin Route in northern Jerusalem, near Atarot Junction. The structure was built by several lawbreakers who fenced off a large plot of land without permission. The structure was located near the village of Beit Hanina, inside the area defined as Area C, under the responsibility of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria. Strangely, the Israel Electric Company agreed to connect the illegal structure to its power supply. The demolition is an achievement credited to Regavim, an NGO watchdog group for Jewish national property rights.
  • Officer: Army 'Heartless' When it Come to Outpost Demolitions

    02/02/2012 2:01:24 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/2/12 | David Lev
    A top officer in the Israeli Police slammed the Defense Ministry's decision to allow Arab workers to participate in the demolition of buildings in new neighborhoods (“outposts”) conducted by the IDF, police, and Border Guards over the past few months. Last September, Arutz Sheva reported that Arab workers participated in the demolition of Migron. According to witnesses, the Arabs laughed and joked while pulling apart structures, making fun of the Jews who were being “exiled” from the site. The officer criticized the inclusion of Arabs in the demolition and evacuation of Migron, terming it “heartless.” The officer also criticized the...
  • Police Brutally Evict 5 Families from Yissa Beracha Outpost

    01/19/2012 3:15:40 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/12 | David Lev
    Police early Thursday morning evicted five families from the new community (“outpost”) of Yissa Beracha, a new neighborhood of the town of Mitspe Yericho, located between Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley. Police violently removed the families and beat protesters who had come to demonstrate against the eviction. Nine protesters were injured in the police violence. The operation, for all practical purposes, constituted a classic “invasion” of the neighborhood, with police sealing off the neighborhood for three hours before the eviction, while others blocked off access roads, preventing protesters from reaching the site, and beating with with clubs and sticks when...
  • Another Outpost Demolished: Mitzpe Avichai Residents Evicted

    01/11/2012 11:48:00 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/12 | David Lev
    Police and Civil Administration personnel demolished homes in the new community (“outpost”) of Mitzpeh Avichai, near Kiryat Arba, early Thursday morning. Residents said that the forces destroyed at least 10 temporary buildings. Nine families were kicked out of their homes in the raid. Residents told Arutz Sheva that the forces entered the homes and forced whole families – including mothers, infants, and small children – into the near-freezing cold rain that fell overnight Wednesday. Residents said they were not deterred, however, and would rebuild. “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are tough when it comes to pushing...
  • Jewish Home Party Will Quit Over Migron Demolition

    01/11/2012 4:35:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/1/12
    Members of the Jewish Home Party met on Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and told him that if any houses in Migron are forcibly evicted and demolished, they will pull out of the government coalition. They met with PM Netanyahu to discuss a new bill which would lead to the legalization of new development communities in Judea and Samaria such as Migron. Prime Minister Netanyahu informing them that he opposed legislation...
  • Government Demolition at Oz Tzion

    01/03/2012 1:27:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/12
    Inspectors of the Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria, accompanied by Yassam special forces of the Samaria-Judea police and other Israeli soldiers, destoyed five buildings, Monday evening, in the Binyamin-region Jewish outpost community of Oz Tzion. Nine youth who lived in the buildings were detained...
  • Law Would Required Proof of Land Ownership Before Demolitions

    12/31/2011 12:32:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/11 | David Lev
    The Ministerial Law Committee is set to consider a law that could put an end to arbitrary demolition of homes in new communities (“outposts”), preventing raids by soldiers and police to force families from their homes in places like Ramat Gilad, as occurred earlier this month. The law would require that a building or caravan placed on land be removed only if a court determined that the land where the structure was located belonged to someone else. Currently, homes in such communities in Judea and Samaria can be demolished by a court order, based on a claim by an Arab...
  • Lieberman: Stop Pouncing on the Settlers

    12/19/2011 2:53:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beitenu faction, said Monday that the attacks against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron, or Yesha) are wrong and hypocritical. "There is no justification, and no excuse can be accepted with regard to hurting IDF soldiers," he said, in reference to the incident a week ago in which Yesha youths allegedly vandalized an IDF base. "Between that and shooting protesters – and it doesn't matter if they are Jewish or not – there is a great difference." "In the media frenzy regarding the outposts, too, the media is not...
  • Debate on Bill to Normalize Most Yesha Communities Sunday

    12/15/2011 12:36:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday will discuss a bill proposed by Minister of Welfare and Social Services Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) seeking to normalize the status of most Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of third-party petitions filed by left-wing NGOs seeking to destroy Israel's settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria by demanding the destruction of communities and neighborhoods they claim were built on privately owned Arab land. The Justice Ministry, Civil Administration, and Supreme Court have maintained the exclusive remedy in these cases is the demolition...
  • Gov't Forces to Destroy Ramat Gilad, 4 Others Overnight

    12/15/2011 12:34:01 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/12/11
    Government forces set out after dark Monday night to destroy five budding Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Residents of the central Samaria outpost of Ramat Gilad received a message late in the evening that Israel Police officers and IDF soldiers were "on the way" to their location first. The residents told Arutz Sheva they believed "the army will attempt to throw us out of our homes and demolish them." Residents of nearby Karnei Shomron and other towns in the area were alerted to the situation and reportedly began to make their way towards the site. Michal Shoham of Ramat...
  • MK Ben-Ari: Demolition 'A Lit Match in a Barrel of Oil'

    12/15/2011 12:16:56 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/11 | David Lev
    Large numbers of Border Police mobilized early Thursday morning and moved on the new community (known as an outpost in the general media) of Mitzpe Yitzhar, demolishing two buildings at the site. Residents reported that the military forces sneaked into the community by coming in through a side road, via the Arab village of Innabus, instead of via the main road into the area. Mitzpe Yitzhar is located adjacent to the central Samaria community of Yitzhar. The forces demolished a caravan used as living space, and a building for agricultural use. Security forces are spread out around the area and...
  • Nationalists’ Anger Spills Over into IDF Base

    12/12/2011 11:52:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Dozens of youths from Judea and Samaria entered an IDF base in Samaria late Monday night following rumors of an imminent destruction of a Jewish community. Several were arrested. Clashes broke out between soldiers and the protesters, who burned tires and damaged some military vehicles. Police reinforcements helped chase the youth from the base while carrying out several arrests. In the background to the incident were reports of another government attempt to destroy a Jewish community, while officials from the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria and from the government tried to hammer out an understanding on the...
  • Banks turn to demolition of foreclosed properties to ease housing-market pressures

    10/14/2011 8:38:40 PM PDT · by FritzG · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12 Oct 2011 | Brady Dennis
    The sight of excavators tearing down vacant buildings has become common in this foreclosure-ravaged city, where the housing crisis hit early and hard. But the story behind the recent wave of demolitions is novel — and cities around the country are taking notice. A handful of the nation’s largest banks have begun giving away scores of properties that are abandoned or otherwise at risk of languishing indefinitely and further dragging down already depressed neighborhoods. The banks have even been footing the bill for the demolitions — as much as $7,500 a pop. Four years into the housing crisis, the ongoing...
  • Migron Thanks Soldier who Refused Orders

    09/06/2011 3:31:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/9/11
    Several residents from Migron have signed a petition thanking a soldier who refused orders to demolish homes in the town. They called on other soldiers to do the same. The petition accused the government of turning the IDF “from the Israel defense army to a political army, thus dealing a blow to human rights and our rights as citizens.”
  • Videos, Photos of Nighttime Surprise Migron Demolition

    09/04/2011 11:15:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/9/11 | Elad Benari
    The Shomron Residents’ Council filmed a video on Sunday night as security forces in large numbers marched into the community of Migron and demolished three homes. The security forces can be seen as they are marching into the community while residents are wondering why they were not wearing any ID badges. Prior to the demolition, the residents held Selichot prayers, the prayers traditionally recited during the Jewish month of Elul which leads to the high holy days. Videos, Pictures
  • Police 'Took Advantage of Terror Attacks to Tear Down Migron'

    08/21/2011 3:02:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/11 | Hezki Ezra & Gil Ronen
    The Jerusalem Magistrates' Court released Sunday seven of the Jewish youths it arrested at the Samaria outpost of Ramat Migron Saturday. Two were released without bail and the remaining five were sent into house arrest and had to make a 10,000 shekel deposit as security. The other six youths arrested Saturday were released earlier Sunday, directly from HaSharon Prison where they were being held. Attorney Naftali Wirtzberger of NGO Honenu claimed that the police made cynical use of the fact that the public's attention was turned to security problems in the South, in order to tear down the outpost at...
  • Ramat Migron Outpost Demolished

    08/20/2011 5:39:34 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/11
    Security forces are now demolishing the Ramat Migron outpost in Benjamin.
  • Commander's Letter Targets Soldiers who Live in Judea & Samaria

    06/12/2011 10:12:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/11 | Elad Benari
    Brigadier General Nitzan Alon, commander of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria division, has distributed a letter to commanders in his division in which he asks them to investigate soldiers who are residents of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The reason for the request, according to Alon, is a concern that these soldiers may leak information regarding future evacuation of outpost communities. “As commanders we must thoroughly check and characterize the backgrounds of our soldiers,” Alon wrote in the letter, the contents of which were revealed by Israel’s Channel 10 News on Sunday. “We have to interview those soldiers who...
  • Pittsburgh man latest to have home accidentally demolished

    01/06/2011 9:39:18 AM PST · by Cowman · 10 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Wed Jan 5, 3:47 pm ET | Brett Michael Dykes
    The American dream of home ownership didn't exactly exit the last decade on a high note, with the mortgage sector on still-shaky ground, the housing market stagnating and foreclosures at historic highs. So it was gratuitously devastating for Andre Hall of Pittsburgh -- who was in the process of reclaiming a foreclosed property, no less -- to return from the holidays to discover that the city had accidentally demolished his property.... "I don't come for a week over the holiday, and as soon as I come back, I see a backhoe on top of the house," he said. "Why did...
  • Rights Group Charges: PA Workers Turned Violent during Expulsion

    10/30/2010 2:06:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz 7 ^ | 29/10/10 | Maayana Miskin
    Palestinian Authority workers who were hired by the IDF Civil Administration to destroy Jewish homes turned violent when Jews resisted, according to a complaint filed by the Judea and Samaria Human Rights Organization. ') The PA workers were hired to deal with the physical aspects of demolition, primarily taking apart makeshift buildings. However, Human Rights Director Orit Struk said in a letter to Civil Administration head Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai that the workers did not stop there. “An initial investigation based on photos and testimony that have reached us shows that as Ramat Migron was cleared out last week, workers hired...
  • 'Blues Brothers' mall to be demolished

    09/25/2010 9:52:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 58 replies
    upi. ^ | Sept. 24, 2010
    HARVEY, Ill., Illinois officials announced plans to demolish a suburban Chicago mall that served as a set for a famous scene in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers." Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday the state is receiving a $4 million federal grant to demolish Dixie Square Mall in Harvey to make way for redevelopment to revitalize the area, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. The mall, which has been vacant for more than 30 years, served as a filming location for the mall car chase scene in "The Blues Brothers." "Dixie Square has been a place that we know has to...
  • Silwan and the proverbial key

    02/25/2010 3:26:07 AM PST · by tedbel · 2 replies · 216+ views
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Feb 25/10 | Ted Belman
    The Mount of Olives is located east of the Old City across the Kidron Valley. It offers a magnificent view of Jerusalem because its summit is 300 feet higher than the city. One can also see the Judean Hills as far as the Dead Sea and the mountains of Moab on the east side. It also demarcates the watershed. The Dead Sea is twenty two miles away to the south east along the Kidron Valley. It is along this valley that water flows down to the Dead sea and pilgrims historically have travelled up to the Holy City. The City...
  • Woman Sets Self On Fire To Protest Demolition Of Home

    12/02/2009 7:22:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 614+ views
    China Smack ^ | 11/30/09
    Woman Sets Self On Fire To Protest Demolition Of Home by Fauna on November 30, 2009 From Mop: A female entrepreneur in Chengdu sets herself on fire on the roof of her building because of demolition Summary: November 13, early morning, a horrific “eviction and demolition” incident occurred on Tianhuizhen street in Jingniu district of Chengdu city. The female owner tried to use death to fight the go-vern-ment organized demolition crew, eventually “self-immolating” on the building’s roof, burnt beyond recognition, her life hanging by a thread. Whether it is residents being arrested, residents being hurt and hospitalized, the go-vern-ment department...
  • Turkey demolition goes wrong

    08/01/2009 2:30:32 PM PDT · by csvset · 20 replies · 1,092+ views
    BBC ^ | 1 August 2009 | BBC
    A plan to demolish a building in Cankiri, central Turkey went badly wrong when the 25-metre high structure rolled over onto its roof. The building, a flour factory built in 1928 which had been idle since the 1980s, was scheduled to be demolished to make way for a shopping centre. No-one was reported to have been injured.
  • US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

    06/12/2009 11:11:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 197 replies · 7,039+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 12, 2009 | Tom Leonard
    Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline. The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature. Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area. The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint. Having outlined his strategy...
  • Old Tiger Stadium Goin Down

    07/19/2008 7:52:03 AM PDT · by sball · 42 replies · 118+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2008 | Nick Bunkley
    Where the Fans Once Roared, Demolition Crews Now Have Their Day By NICK BUNKLEYNew York TimesJuly 19, 2008 DETROIT — The wake began as soon as bulldozers punched throughthe wall behind Section 501. All month, carfuls of mourners havebeen arriving steadily on an otherwise desolate street in theshadow of the 96-year-old ballpark. Most have digital cameras dangling from their wrists and a D, inOld English lettering, on their shirts. The more prepared pull step ladders from the backs of their vehicles; others climb ontothe roofs of their cars to peer over the eight-foot-tall fenceshrouding workers inside. Across Trumbull Avenue, Greg...
  • Floor-by-Floor Demolition Blows Minds, Saves Environment

    07/14/2008 10:42:26 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 23 replies · 97+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Mon Jul 14 2008 | Jesus Diaz
    Kajima's floor-by-floor slow demolition is one of those rare things in life that leaves you truly speechless, mouth wide-open, and pinching yourself to be sure this is real while you mutter "what the frak." After all, seeing the video of a 20-floor building submerging into the asphalt as if it was liquid is something that belongs to a sci-fi movie. The stunning process—called daruma-otoshi—is not only almost surrealistic but it helps to reduce the environmental impact. Seriously, I can watch this for hours: YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwf9LoS9Xt8 How do they do it? First they replace the support pillars at ground level...
  • Obama Blog: 9/11 was an Inside Job

    03/31/2008 9:57:53 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 6 replies · 314+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 3/30/08 | Bill Levinson
    Barack Obama welcomes material too Krazy for Kos: Oil Industry and Bush were Complicit in 9/11 We now have incontrovertable proof that Barack Obama’s official Web site welcomes material for which Markos Moulitsas Zúniga said he would ban people for posting at the Daily Kos. Here is the screenshot, which we encourage our readers to download (don’t link, it uses this site’s bandwidth) and circulate with Obama’s picture right at the top.
  • The demolition of "nail house"

    01/09/2008 4:53:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 47+ views
    China Daily ^ | 01/09/08
    A "nail house", the last house in the area, stands at a construction site before being demolished in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, January 8, 2008. The owners of the house had filed but lost a lawsuit against the developer of the land to seek more compensation before agreeing to the demolition of their home. The land will be used for a high-rise apartment project. Chinese media have since last year seized on disputes between developers and owners of so-called "nail houses", whose owners have stuck to their ground and resisted demolition, holding up development projects in the world's fastest-growing major...