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  • New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

    05/19/2018 2:41:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2018 2:20 PM | Joseph Pisani
    Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafés or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything. The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers. […] The company said anyone can use its cafés, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is...
  • 71 years later, Texas City remembers 1947 ship disaster

    04/16/2018 8:26:19 AM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    http://abc13.com/ ^ | April 15, 2018
    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Monday marks the anniversary of the 1947 Texas City ship disaster. On Saturday evening survivors met in Texas City to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the disaster in a somber memorial. On April 16th, 1947, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions to have ever occurred rocked the Texas City port, killing hundreds of people including 28 members of the Texas City Fire Department. It all started shortly after 8 a.m. that day, when longshoremen noticed smoke in the hold of the S.S. Grandcamp. The Texas City Volunteer Fire Department was called but the fire continued to...
  • Urgent help needed as Afrin IDP numbers top 167,000 (Syria)

    03/25/2018 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 45 replies
    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ^ | (3-23-18) 23/03/2018 | none stated
    Humanitarian agencies are struggling to meet the health and aid needs of the civilian population of Afrin as the number of people recently displaced due to Turkey’s offensive climbs to an estimated 167,000. Concerns have also been raised for the security of the thousands who remain in the canton.“Children, women, and men have undertaken harrowing journeys to flee Afrin and need urgent health assistance. Our staff have met civilians who reported walking for 36 hours to reach safer areas,” said Elizabeth Hoff, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Syria.People arriving at shelters have described “running in the face...
  • Concern Over the Situation in Afrin, Syria (US State Dept.)

    03/19/2018 12:17:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | March 19, 2018 | Heather Nauert
    Press StatementHeather NauertDepartment Spokesperson Washington, DC March 19, 2018 The United States is deeply concerned over reports from Afrin City over the last 48 hours. It appears the majority of the population of the city, which is predominantly Kurdish, evacuated under threat of attack from Turkish military forces and Turkish backed opposition forces. This adds to the already concerning humanitarian situation in the area, with United Nations agencies reporting a displaced population in or from Afrin district in the hundreds of thousands, who now require immediate shelter and other assistance to meet basic needs. We are also concerned over reports...
  • The states where Americans have the best quality of life, ranked (Calif. is ranked last)

    03/04/2018 8:16:54 PM PST · by Enterprise · 56 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | March 1, 2018 | Mark Abadi
    U.S. News & World report ranked the best states in the US for quality of life. Quality of life includes the quality of the natural environment, like water and air quality, and the quality of the social environment, like community engagement and voter participation. Of every state in the US, North Dakota residents have the highest quality of life.
  • Norway To Spend $13 Million To Upgrade 'Doomsday' Arctic Seed Vault

    02/27/2018 6:40:03 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-27-2018
    Does Norway know something we don’t? The Scandinavian country announced Monday that it is going to spend about $12.7 million to upgrade its “doomsday” seed vault that is the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. The Verge reported that the upgrades will focus on a new concrete tunnel and “emergency power and refrigerated units and other electrical equipment that emeits heat through the tunnel.” The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a gene bank built underground on an isolated island in a permafrost zone some 620 miles from the North Pole, was...
  • 2 killed in Southern California deluge as rivers of mud wipe out homes

    01/09/2018 9:38:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | January 9 ,2018 | ason Hanna, Stella Chan and Paul P. Murphy
    Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday morning -- leaving at least two dead, destroying homes and spurring rescues as the flooding forced heavily traveled roads to close. At least six homes near the coastal community of Montecito were "wiped away from their foundations" by mudflow and debris, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.
  • 28 Photos That Take You Inside California Wildfires’ Destruction

    12/08/2017 5:22:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 7, 2017 | Rachel del Guidice
    Wildfires in Southern California aided by wind have driven 200,000 from their homes, and have forced schools throughout the area to close. The largest fire started in Santa Paula, California, on Monday, but there are now five separate fires. Here’s a glimpse into some of the destruction California is facing.
  • Iceland’s Biggest Volcano Is ‘Ready To Erupt’ As Europe Faces A Disaster

    11/01/2017 4:09:32 AM PDT · by blam · 47 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-1-2017 | Mac Slavo
    Iceland’s biggest volcano has been rocked by the strongest earthquake since it last erupted in 2014. With swarms of earthquakes occurring in the French Alps too, Europe is facing what could be one of the largest natural disasters in history. Last week, the 6,591-foot tall Bardarbunga, a “powerful and versatile” volcano, was rattled by the four largest earthquakes since it last erupted in 2014. The earthquakes, measuring in magnitudes of 3.9, 3.2, 4.7, and 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck the caldera region over several days last weekend. Another magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit the 200km long and 25km wide...
  • Kim’s Disaster: North Korean Nuclear Base Collapses, Killing at Least 200 People

    10/31/2017 11:37:58 AM PDT · by righttackle44 · 48 replies
    Western Journalism [Compliation] ^ | October 31, 2017 | Jack Davis
    [This is a news brief from an e-mail compilation]: Information emerging from furtive North Korea indicates that a tunnel at the regime’s nuclear test site collapsed last month after a nuclear test, killing about 200 people. A report from Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi, citing unnamed sources, said 100 people were killed in an initial collapse around Sept. 10, and another 100 died in a rescue operation. Other reports put the date of the collapse as Oct. 10. No official North Korean announcement was made about the date of the collapse. North Korea’s massive Sept. 3 test caused multiple tremors and...
  • Christian Faith Doesn't Just Say Natural Disasters Are God's Retribution

    10/14/2017 7:15:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 10/13/2017 | By Mathew Schmalz
    It’s been a time of calamities: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, flooding in South Asia and Africa and a massive earthquake in Mexico have led to widespread devastation around the globe.Some people seem to think this is divine retribution for the sins of humanity: Kirk Cameron, former child actor, said in a video on Facebook that Hurricane Harvey and Irma were “a spectacular display of God’s immense power” and were sent so human beings could repent. Earlier, after seeing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, conservative Christian pastor John McTernan had noted that “God is systematically destroying America” out of anger over...
  • How to Survive: Lessons from Puerto Rico

    10/08/2017 11:20:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | October 8, 2017 | Norman Rogers
    The takedown of the Puerto Rican power grid by Hurricane Irma will, we hope, provide a teaching moment. The United States power grid is vulnerable, and the consequences of a widespread failure, especially if lengthy, will be a disaster of monumental proportions. This should not be a new realization. Serious analysts such as the Foundation for Resilient Societies and the EMP Commission have been warning us for a long time. The warnings have been ignored or even actively opposed by the electric power industry. America's electric grid can be brought down by sabotage or by natural forces, such as the...
  • Defending Your Family During States of Emergency(guns)

    09/04/2017 8:06:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/4/2017 | F. Paul Valone
    In Houston, as in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, looting follows as floodwaters recede. Homeowners already ravaged by Hurricane Harvey are finding themselves ravaged yet again by thugs and looters. Nor is Harvey the only hazard. As we approach the height of hurricane season, Hurricane Irma threatens the Caribbean and, potentially, our Atlantic coast. Even beyond natural disasters, residents of Charlottesville, Charlotte, Baltimore, and elsewhere have suffered from America's increasing propensity for riots, looting, and property destruction. As you probably know, you may legally defend yourself using deadly force if you or your family faces a reasonable fear of imminent...
  • Who should we donate in support of Harvey?

    08/29/2017 6:57:58 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 115 replies
    Vanity | August 29, 2017 | Self
    OK Freepers, what is the best charity to give to support Harvey? The Red Cross? I have been hearing them panned since Vietnam. What about the Salvation Army? Hey, the Clinton Foundation did great work in Haiti, just ask Hillary. What are your suggestions?
  • Donations to disaster relief should be 50-100% deductible

    08/28/2017 4:43:17 AM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 22 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | 8-2817701436-2017 | Self
    Donations to certified disaster relief agencies should be 50-100% deductible. That is direct aid, not filtered through gubmint.
  • USS Forrestal July 29, 1967; North Vietnam; (RVAH 11; Amen Ski)

    07/29/2017 1:55:32 AM PDT · by Revski · 36 replies
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 7/29/2017 | Revski
    50 years today July 29, 1967 the USS Forrestal Fire took place. This 2917 calendar lines up on the exact day.
  • USS Forrestal July 29, 1967; North Vietnam; RVAH 11

    07/18/2017 1:51:49 AM PDT · by Revski · 19 replies
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 7/18/17 | Revski
    This memorial of the USS Forrestal,CVA 59; it will be 50 years ago this July 29-Th; has actual pictures and the voice of Captain John K. Beling at the time of the fires. I'm Aman (Ski) out of NAS Sandford Florida Squardron RAHV-11 (Heavy 11). The Hymn played is, Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior, with mandolin and verse sung was covered by me, o7jimmy – (Revski).
  • China landslide: At least 15 dead and more than 100 feared buried (Video at link)

    06/24/2017 7:19:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | yesterday at 9:26pm
    Crews searching through the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in south-western China have found 15 bodies, but about 100 more people remain missing. Key points: 1,000 rescuers and dogs are looking for signs of lifeThis was the biggest landslide in the area since the Wenchuan earthquake, an official saidLandslide blocked two-kilometre section of river Xinhua, the official news agency, reported that about 1,000 rescuers were using detection devices and dogs to look for signs of life in an area that once held 62 homes and a hotel."We won't give...
  • Massive Residential Fire in London – 24 Floor Apartment Building, 120 Units Ablaze

    06/14/2017 12:31:24 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 79 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | June 13, 2017 | sundance
    A massive residential fire in Ladbroke Grove suburb of London England has many people worried about trapped residents.   According to most media reports the 24 floor building, Greenfell Tower, houses 120 units and is almost completely engulfed.The fire began in the middle of the night.  There are over 40 fire squads and 200 firefighters attempting to control the blaze.(The Sun) […]  FIREFIGHTERS are battling an inferno which has engulfed a block of flats in Ladbroke Grove, West London.Some residents are trapped inside the 24-storey tower, with children among residents desperately shouting for help from windows on upper floors with neighbouring...
  • Huge ISIS casualties in rural Raqqa as counter-offensive ends in disaster

    05/11/2017 5:14:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 82 replies
    AMN ^ | 5/11/2017 | Chris Tomson
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:50 P.M.) – Following the loss of Tabqa and three villages in northern Raqqa, the Islamic State launched a localized counter-offensive against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) beginning on Wednesday evening.Targeting Kurdish-held territory in western Raqqa, convoys of ISIS vehicles attacked the villages of Ayed al-Kabeer, Ibad and Al-Mashirfa where SDF garrisons came under enormous pressure, forcing them to call upon US air support to repel the attack.With skirmishes persisting throughout the night and early hours of Thursday, ISIS had not been able to break through the Kurdish defensive line.Thus far, 26 ISIS militants have been...