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  • Weekly poll: What will probably be the highlight of your 4th of July celebration this year?

    06/28/2009 9:14:06 PM PDT · by tenger · 29 replies · 586+ views
    A Weekly Poll ^ | June 29, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    What will probably be the highlight of your 4th of July celebration this year? A Weekly Poll.
  • Safe At Home After Second Bomb Threat Evacuation

    05/21/2009 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 505+ views
    KCBA.com ^ | pdated: May 21, 2009 09:37 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "SANTA CRUZ, Calif - Homes on 25th Avenue in Santa Cruz were asked to evacuate for a second time on Wednesday night after police found more hazardous materials in a nearby home that made them nervous. Homes within a 300 diameter of 215 25th Avenue had to evacuate, however it was not mandatory. All residents were able to return to their homes by 8 p.m. on Wednesday night." SNIPPET: "This all started on Tuesday when the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office received a call from the County Environmental Health Agency. They received a tip from a local freight agency...
  • Islamists Fire Rockets, Hurl Bombs at Pro-Israel Crowd in Sweden

    02/11/2009 1:42:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1,484+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 2/11/09 | Gil Ronen
    (IsraelNN.com) Islamists reached new heights of audacity in a face-off with pro-Israel demonstrators in Malmö, Sweden on Sunday, firing rockets and throwing pipe bombs at the pro-Israel group in broad daylight and under police's noses. No one was hurt. The incident was videotaped by Swedish blogger Ted Ekeroth, whose blog contains videos showing the attack. Between 400 and 500 people gathered in Stortorget Square for a peaceful pro-Israeli protest. The police sealed off the entire square and only allowed in the protesters, as well as a smaller group of Islamists, and separated the two groups from each other. Blogger Ekeroth...
  • Fire Engulfs Beijing Hotel Complex

    02/09/2009 3:29:46 PM PST · by cmdjing · 17 replies · 914+ views
    BEIJING — A fierce fire engulfed one of the Chinese capital’s most architecturally celebrated modern buildings on Monday, the last day of festivities for the lunar new year when the city was ablaze with fireworks. By late evening the blaze was still raging and the cause remained unknown, but it seemed clear that the 34-story structure, not yet completed, had been rendered unusable. The building, a luxury hotel and cultural complex designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, is part of China Central Television’s new headquarters, an angular two-legged behemoth built to coincide with the Beijing Olympics last year. Firefighters,...
  • Apotheosis of Eurabia: Swedish police hire protection to enter Muslim enclave

    01/02/2009 3:51:40 PM PST · by Cindy · 27 replies · 1,167+ views
    January 2, 2009 "Police hire protection in Malmö suburb," from The Local, December 31 (thanks to Kasper): The police have contracted a security firm to help with the surveillance and protection of the police station in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård. In connection with unrest in Rosengård the station has on repeated occasions been the target of fireworks, vandalism and stone-throwing youths. The security firm will be deployed to help to ensure that the vandalism is not repeated, according to a report by local TV4 news program.
  • Some women threaten no sex if men shoot fireworks

    12/31/2008 6:31:14 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 66 replies · 2,114+ views
    boston.com ^ | December 31, 2008 | AP
    ROME—Some women in Naples said they won't make love if their men shoot off dangerous fireworks on New Year's Eve. "Se Spari, Niente Sesso" (If you shoot, no sex), as the reported group calls itself, claims to have signed up hundreds of women in the Naples area to combat celebrations that injure or maim hundreds each year
  • Nightclub fire in Bangkok kills 54

    12/31/2008 1:20:09 PM PST · by Species8472 · 15 replies · 714+ views
    Times Online ^ | 12-31-08 | Lech Mintowt-Czyz
    At least 54 people were tonight killed in a fire in a nightclub in Bangkok. More than 100 others were injured in the blaze, which broke out during an event for New Year's Eve at the Santika club - a venue popular with both locals and foreigners. “We were all dancing and suddenly there was a big flame that came out of the front of the stage and everybody was running away,” said one woman who had been in the club. A witness, Andrew Jones, said survivors leaving the club told him the fire broke out on the stage after...
  • Sweden: Riots over closure of mosque

    12/19/2008 1:05:00 AM PST · by knighthawk · 22 replies · 1,175+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 18 2008
    Welcome to Eurabia! "Unrest continues near vacated Malmö mosque," from The Local, December 18 (thanks to Patrick Poole): Fresh disturbances erupted on Wednesday evening near the basement location which had previously served as a mosque in Malmö's Rosengård district. Fireworks were aimed at police and several fires were lit when police arrived to blockade the basement office with containers. Tensions in the area were still high as of 12.30am Thursday morning, according to police in Skåne. One man was arrested during the evening on suspicions of preparing to commit assault. Three other men and boys were also detained. The youngest,...
  • NY Christmas boat parade changes name, loses fans

    11/25/2008 8:41:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies · 956+ views
    wtopnews ^ | 11.24.08
    <p>An annual parade of boats on a Long Island river that dropped "Christmas" from its name has apparently lost lots of supporters.</p> <p>About 1,000 people showed up Sunday for the Patchogue (PACH'-awg) Boat Parade of Lights. That's 500 fewer than usually showed up when it was called the Patchogue Christmas Boat Parade.</p>
  • This Cannot Be

    10/01/2008 8:44:07 PM PDT · by Jim Giatas · 22 replies · 530+ views
    Greek Antiquity | 496 B.C. to 406 B.C. | Sophocles
    “All strangest things, The multitudinous years bring forth and shadow from us all we know. Falter alike great oath and steeled resolve. And none shall say of aught, This cannot be.” Sophocles 496 B.C. to 406 B.C.
  • Part of Olympic display altered in broadcast

    08/11/2008 12:13:55 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 12 replies · 91+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug.11, 2008
    Fireworks over the Olympics pyrotechnics erupted when it was learned that part of the elaborate display broadcast to the world in the opening ceremony was altered, done digitally in 3-D computer graphics. While the dramatic fireworks display actually happened as portrayed on television, members of the Beijing Olympic Committee said it was necessary to replace live video with computer-generated imagery because the city’s hazy, smoggy skies made it too difficult to see, according to The Beijing Times, which first reported the story. Committee members also said they were concerned that the helicopter pilot who would have flown overhead to film...
  • Some Opening Ceremony fireworks were faked

    08/11/2008 2:45:14 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 45 replies · 4,358+ views
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | August 10, 2008 | Chris Chase
    If you watched the Opening Ceremony on Friday night, chances are you said something like, "no way that's possible" at least once. It turns out you were right. London's Telegraph newspaper reports that some of the fireworks which appeared over Beijing during the television broadcast of the Olympic Opening Ceremony were actually computer generated. But -- hold on -- it's not necessarily as bad as you think. The faked fireworks were actually set-off at the stadium, but because of potential dangers in filming the display live from a helicopter, viewers at home were shown a pre-recorded, computer-generated shot.
  • 'Hasta la vista,' DeMeo tells California officers

    07/07/2008 11:10:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies · 173+ views
    Pahrump Valley Times ^ | 07 july 08 | CHRISTINA EICHELKRAUT
    Representatives of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were told to leave Nye County by Sheriff Tony DeMeo Saturday, June 28, because, according to the sheriff, the officers were attempting to use "intimidation and harassment tactics" to capture potential fireworks smugglers heading back to the Golden State. DeMeo said he received a phone call the previous Friday from an assistant to Dave Hillman, chief of prevention and law enforcement for the California office, informing him officers were planning to implement an interdiction program in Nye County. The program was part of an executive order issued by California Gov....
  • Illegal Fireworks Rampant In Oakland

    07/04/2008 11:13:20 PM PDT · by Marie2 · 21 replies · 392+ views
    KTVU.com ^ | July 4, 2008 | KTVU
    OAKLAND -- The fact that fireworks are illegal and potentially dangerous did not prevent many Oakland residents from setting them off on Friday night. KTVU's Amber Lee found adults and children playing with fireworks on 100th Avenue. "I spent a hundred dollars for my kids, for the Fourth of July", said Vitalino Acabal of Oakland. He insisted it was just part of summer vacation fun. A few blocks away, a four year old girl and her 12 year old brother were setting off bottle rockets. Their 15 year old sister said their parents weren't home, but it's part of her...
  • Blazes in California Take a Toll on Fireworks

    07/04/2008 2:56:57 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 28 replies · 399+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2008 | JESSE McKINLEY
    Lis and Robert Billingsley — retirees, volunteers and proud American Legion members — said they had exactly one word to describe sales this holiday period at the fireworks stand they run here for the Legion. “Lousy,” said Ms. Billingsley, speaking almost in unison with her husband. “Thanks to the TV and the fires they are putting on the TV, it’s the worst year ever.” Hundreds of blazes have ravaged sections of parched California over the last two weeks, burning more than 500,000 acres, destroying homes and other property, and costing the already budget-challenged state more than $50 million in firefighting...
  • Too Hot To Handle? New Safety Concerns Over Chinese-Made Fireworks

    07/04/2008 1:25:03 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 23 replies · 357+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 3, 2008 | By Caitlin McDevitt
    Last summer, it was Chinese-made toys, pet food and meat that caused concern. This July 4th holiday, there are new worries about the overly explosive nature of its fireworks. This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report saying it found that nearly half of the shipments they inspected coming from China do not meet Federal safety guidelines. That's especially worrying since, according the American Pyrotechnic Association, 98 percent of fireworks used in backyards and front lawns across America are manufactured in China. NEWSWEEK's Caitlin McDevitt spoke with Scott Wolfson, a chief spokesman for the Commission about its...
  • Pacifists Create Non-Violent Alternative to Fireworks

    07/04/2008 2:13:13 AM PDT · by SvenWaring · 5 replies · 151+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | July 4, 2008 | Sven Waring
    State College’s pacifist community is offering an alternative to the warlike displays of fireworks, barbecues and beer-fueled fistfights that have become synonymous with Fourth of July festivities. The group, Peaceful State, has created Non-violent Resistance and Solidarity Fest, as a peaceful way to celebrate the mid-summer holiday. Since the group does not recognize the existence of the United States, Isreal, and the Aborigine Occupation Zone in Australia, there is no mention of Independence Day or revolution, except in the context of struggle against capitalism and Prince’s former band. Garrison Kegger, who created the concept, said the event gets underway with...
  • Fireworks Laws, Safety and Freedoms

    07/03/2008 3:50:41 PM PDT · by Textide · 19 replies · 118+ views
    Just thought I'd post a thread where the various fireworks laws, regulations, etc. could be posted. National Council on Fireworks Safety Nice links to each State's fireworks laws. Here's their Safety Video Fireworks Classifications Various histories of fireworks....Fireworks.comWikipedia Fireworks entryPyrouniverse.com (lol) History of Fireworks
  • Fireworks Laws, Safety and Freedoms

    07/03/2008 3:33:50 PM PDT · by Textide · 6 replies · 139+ views
    multiple | 07/03/2008 | various
    Just thought I'd post a thread where the various fireworks laws, regulations, etc. could be posted. National Council on Fireworks Safety Nice links to each State's fireworks laws. Here's their Safety Video Fireworks Classifications Various histories of fireworks....Fireworks.comWikipedia Fireworks entryPyrouniverse.com (lol) History of Fireworks
  • Fail! Is this real or Memorex?... Only your Darwin candidate knows for sure

    06/11/2008 12:33:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 152+ views