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  • BEN CARSON FULL INTERVIEW WITH SEAN HANNITY 8 29 2016

    08/29/2016 8:27:31 PM PDT · by KMG365 · 3 replies
    BEN CARSON FULL INTERVIEW WITH SEAN HANNITY 8 29 2016
  • Zika-infected mosquitoes lay Zika-infected eggs (in lab)

    08/29/2016 3:00:23 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    theverge ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rachel Becker
    Mosquito moms can transmit zika virus to their offspring — at least in the lab, a new study shows. If this also happens in nature, the virus might be able to survive in tough mosquito eggs even when cold weather, dry spells, and pesticides kill off the infectious adults. Mosquitoes can transmit viruses in the same family as Zika, such as yellow fever and dengue, to their offspring — but it wasn’t clear whether this was also true for Zika. So scientists led by Robert Tesh, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, injected Zika virus into approximately...
  • Truck carrying Takata inflators explodes in Texas, killing 1

    08/29/2016 12:07:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2016 10:22 AM EDT
    A truck carrying Takata air bag inflators and a load of volatile ammonium nitrate crashed, caught fire and exploded in southern Texas last week, killing a woman and injuring four others. Takata says Monday that the truck operated by a subcontractor crashed in the small town of Quemado, near the Mexican border about 140 miles from San Antonio. The company says it sent people to the site and is helping authorities investigate the crash. …
  • A new attraction rolls into the Benson Visitor Center

    08/28/2016 12:35:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    BENSON – The Benson Visitor Center’s murals and historic displays will be sharing the spotlight with a new attraction. A model train — the detailed replica of a Union Pacific SD 70 locomotive pulling five railcars — is now circling around the inside of the visitor center, mounted high overhead on a track suspended from the building’s ceiling. The project marks the first phase of a series of model train displays planned for the visitor center by Bob Nilson, tourism supervisor for the City of Benson. Funding for the train, track and support structures came through a $6,000 grant from...
  • Celebrate 100 years of National Parks this weekend (Free admission thru tomorrow, 8/28)

    08/27/2016 6:27:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 24, 2016 | Harriey Edleson
    They’re having a birthday-- and it's a big one. The National Park Service turns 100 on Aug. 25 and parks around the country are celebrating the milestone. Starting Thursday, entrance to the 124 parks that usually charge admission is free through Sunday (Aug. 28). Throughout the nation, special events at over 400 parks will celebrate the centennial. From birthday cakes and cupcakes to special classes and programs, most parks have something special planned. National parks may be synonymous with camping and hiking today but Americans haven't always been able to enjoy these protected lands. The story of the national...
  • Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Pensacola after mid-air engine failure

    08/27/2016 2:37:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    Photo at link. A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando made an emergency landing Saturday morning in Pensacola after a mid-air malfunction sidelined the plane’s primary engine. Federal investigators are now trying to determine the cause of what a Southwest spokesperson described as an “mechanical issue with the number one engine.”
  • How to Spot Authentic Mexican Food

    08/27/2016 10:13:28 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 209 replies
    Eat in OC ^ | August 25, 2016
    There are over 38,000 Mexican restaurants across the United States. Mexican food is the most popular international cuisine in the U.S., representing 42% of all ethnic food sales. It’s represented on the menus of one in every 10 restaurants in the United States. With so many Mexican restaurants to choose from, the real question becomes how to spot authentic Mexican food.
  • [B]ackpacker’s ‘killer’ who was obsessed with a UFC model...resemblance to his alleged victim

    08/25/2016 9:20:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Smail Ayad is accused of killing Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, in a frenzied knife attack in which he is said to have screamed 'Allahu Akbar'. ... s Ayliffe-Chung was butchered in a bloody rampage in front of 30 horrified witnesses on Tuesday night at the hostel in north Queensland. On his arrest, Ayad allegedly lashed out at police officers and had to be wrestled to the ground and handcuffed. Ayad then bit a detective in the leg in the police van on the way to the station and had to be subdued using pepper spray and a Taser, it is claimed....
  • Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20 percent the speed of light?

    08/25/2016 8:57:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    technofres.com ^ | 08/24/2016 | Victor Sopsan
    Breakthrough Starshot is one of the more exciting scientific ideas that has popped up in the past decade, with its promise to deliver hardware to the nearest star in time for many people currently alive to see it. While the idea would work on paper as an extrapolation of existing technology, there are a lot of details that need to be thoroughly checked out, because it’s possible that one of them could present a show-stopper. There’s a bit of good news there: Breakthrough Starshot is apparently funding the needed research to give its concept a thorough vetting. A recent posting...
  • The languid beauty of a 126-hour train trip [Trans-Siberian]

    08/24/2016 6:37:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Week ^ | August 24, 2016 | Jackie Friedman
    For about $700 you can travel more than 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Beijing, aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway, the single longest railway line in the world. Built between 1891 and 1916 to connect Asian and European cities across the great span of Russia, the Trans-Siberia Railway celebrates its centennial this year. Crossing a record seven time zones and offering up vast landscapes, the world's longest railway line has always attracted adventurers during its 100 years in service.
  • Epic Gridlock Prompts Travelers To Drag Luggage Along Grand Central Parkway To LaGuardia

    08/24/2016 6:29:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    CBS News NYC ^ | August 23, 2016 | Staff
    If you thought trips to the airport were tough enough, now it seems flyers have been forced to drag their bags along the side of the road just to get in and out of LaGuardia. Was it a case of poor planning by the Port Authority? And will things gets worse as construction clogs the airport? As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, building the new airport at the old airport was bound to cause problems, but no one was expecting this kind of trouble.
  • Hundreds of Americans wash up illegally in Canada after river party

    08/22/2016 3:15:26 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    MSN Reuters ^ | August 22, 2016
    About 1,500 Americans floating down a river that separates the United States from Canada had to be rescued from the water when strong rains and winds sent them illegally into Canadian territory, the country's coast guard said on Monday.
  • State Dept. Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens

    08/22/2016 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/22/2016 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department issued a warning on Monday urging U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Iran, which has made the detention of American a priority. The latest travel advisory, which emphasizes Iran’s desire to capture U.S. citizens, comes on the heels of a growing scandal over the Obama administration’s decision to pay Iran $400 million in cash on the same day that it freed several U.S. hostages. The payment has been cast by lawmakers and others as a ransom payment and prompted increasing concern among U.S. officials that Iran is making arresting Americans a priority. The travel warning is mean...
  • The Very First Shelby Cobra Just Sold For A Staggering Record $13.75 Million

    08/21/2016 8:37:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    jalopnik.com ^ | Patrick George
    The Monterey Car Week auctions are where the beautiful members of the landed gentry go to blow obscene amounts of money on cars, and at yesterday’s RM Sotheby’s auction, one of them took Cobramania to new heights. This 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra known as the CSX 2000 just commanded $13.75 million at auction. ... RM Sotheby’s has a ton of detailed information on this legendary car, but it is notable for being the very first Shelby Cobra. It arrived in the U.S. without a motor in February 1962, and Carroll Shelby and his partner Dean Moon then threw in a...
  • Cruise ship looks to make clean journey through Northwest Passage

    08/20/2016 10:40:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | 08/19/2016 | Alex Migdal
    Crystal Cruises has spent three years planning the Serenity’s voyage to prevent Titanic-like scenarios (and is requiring $50,000 in evacuation insurance for passengers). The Canadian and American coast guards and federal bodies including Transport Canada are also overseeing the trip. Such preparation is “unprecedented,” Mr. Hutchinson said. “We’ve seen a level of planning that suggests to us the company is taking seriously the conditions they’re going to face.” The British RRS Ernest Shackleton icebreaker is escorting the ship, along with two helicopters to assess ice conditions. The Serenity is outfitted with a forward-looking sonar, searchlights and a navigation system that...
  • McLaren's 'Entry-Level' Car Is Quicker Than a Porsche 911 Turbo S

    08/19/2016 8:31:47 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 43 replies
    Road and Track ^ | 19 Aug, 2016 | Máté Petrány
    When Top Gear brought together the latest Audi R8 V10 Plus, Porsche 911 Turbo S, McLaren 570S and Nissan GT-R on a runway, they must have guessed that the former acceleration king doesn't have a chance against the younger breed. The GT-R is almost a decade old now, and despite having 565 horses and all-wheel drive, it's been proven that even a GT3 RS can beat it both in a straight line and around the bends. It's also the cheapest car of the lot, so fair is fair. On paper, the Audi R8 V10 Plus should demolish a McLaren 570S...
  • NJ Transit Bus Demolished in Horrific T-Bone Crash; At Least 1 Dead, 19 Hurt

    08/19/2016 5:54:23 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    NBC4 New York ^ | August 19, 2016
    Two New Jersey Transit buses collided Friday in a horrific t-bone crash in busy downtown Newark, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others, according to the county prosecutor's office. The identity of the person who died wasn't immediately known. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka told a news conference that the fatality was one of the bus drivers, and that 7 of the injured were in critical condition.
  • This Car Matters: First Chevrolet Camaro Built

    08/18/2016 10:18:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 51 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/ 17/16 | This Car Matters Films
    The HVA takes a look at the story of the first Chevrolet Camaro built visiting with its stewards and marque historians. The first Camaro built is being recognized as No. 15 on the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register program in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) to be archived in Library of Congress.
  • NTSB Launches Investigation Into Silver Spring Apartment Explosion

    08/17/2016 4:12:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    cbs ^ | 08/17/2016 | George Solis
    All seven victims in the Silver Spring explosion are now accounted for, while the intense investigation into the deadly blast that destroyed an apartment building kicks into high gear. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the explosion at the apartment complex. Investigators have been on scene since last week. Seven bodies have since been recovered from the rubble. Police believe, unfortunately, some of those may belong to people still reported missing. Recovery and rescue efforts continue in Silver Spring. A week later, the rubble and debris is as prominent as ever in the deadly fire and explosion that shook...
  • Airlander 10: Maiden flight at last for longest aircraft

    08/17/2016 3:14:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/17/2016
    The Airlander 10 - which is part plane and part airship - took off from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. Its original test flight on Sunday was postponed, but it finally left the ground at 19:40 BST. The £25m aircraft measures 302ft (92m) long and is about 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets. ... Christened the Martha Gwyn, the aircraft was first developed for the US government as a surveillance aircraft but the project was shelved amid defence cutbacks. ... The huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights. HAV claims it...
  • Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X

    08/17/2016 2:52:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | August 17, 2016
    Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X is the 33rd season of Survivor (for those unfamiliar with the show, there are two seasons each year). It begins Wednesday, September 21, 2016 on CBS at 8/7c with a special 90 minute episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article There will be twenty new players - no returning players - divided into two tribes of ten players each, divided by age. Survivor: New Millennials vs. Gen X cast and twists revealed This season will be held in the Mamanuca Islands, Fiji. This is a different place than where Survivor: Fiji was held. The...
  • At Least 12 Tourists Abducted from Mexican Resort City

    08/16/2016 10:44:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 15, 2016 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Mexican authorities are scrambling to rescue at between 12 and 16 victims who were taken at gunpoint from an upscale restaurant in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta. On Monday afternoon, the Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to Breitbart Texas through a prepared statement the ongoing investigation into a large kidnapping.
  • Riviera comes crashing down: Famed Las Vegas hotel and casino visited by Liberace [tr]

    08/16/2016 8:46:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 16, 2016 | Chris Spargo
    It is the end of an era in Las Vegas as one of the most famed hotels and casinos on the Strip was demolished in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The final tower of the Riviera was reduced to little more than rubble a little over a year after the city's first high-end casino shut its doors in May of last year. Long known as a classic mob joint featured in films such as Oceans 11 and Diamonds are Forever, the Riviera also hosted the residences of famed Vegas performances including Liberace and Dean Martin during its heyday.
  • When millennials fly, they don't want to say hi

    08/15/2016 6:26:22 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 99 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | August 15, 2016 | Sushma Un
    Here’s one more group millennials are ignoring as they spend time glued to their smartphones — airline personnel. About 61% of millennials admitted to hiding behind electronic devices in order to avoid interacting with airline staff, according to a survey market-research firm Mintel conducted among 2,000 adults. Beyond millennials, less than half of Generation X — those born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — say they avoid airline personnel, and less than 37% of baby boomers said so. Automated technology is increasingly replacing people for cost-savings and convenience, and few travelers still value the human touch in the process.
  • Overcoming Near-Death on a 3,000-Foot Cliff Face

    08/15/2016 6:49:43 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 65 replies
    ReALcLEARlIFE ^ | 15 Aug, 2016
    Canada’s Baffin Island is home to the highest concentration of unclimbed cliff faces on Earth. Naturally, the remote island has become a mecca for elite mountain climbers, known as alpinists. The pilgrimage is often made from Yosemite National Park in the United States, since the two attract a similar cadre of adventurers looking for a challenge. From the Yosemite mountaineering community, alpinists Cheyne Lempe and Dave Allfrey made one particular mountain the target of their climbing crosshairs: the Great Pillar. Even for a pair who are part of a young generation rising through the ranks quickly, a climb like the...
  • FREEPer advice needed; my time @ Toyota Dealer looking for a used car!

    08/12/2016 6:28:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 94 replies
    8/12/16 | sff
    FREEPers, I need a little advice. I am in the market for a late model used car. We have had good success in our family with Toyotas; owned three or four of them in all and are quite happy with their track record. Also, it has been about six years since I bought a car, so I don't know if the "game" has changed much. I have bought from the "Carmax" guys before, and I know they don't haggle. But I found what was supposed to be a "Dealer Certified" car from a Toyota dealer a few miles from home....
  • Glenn Yarbrough Dies

    08/12/2016 5:29:10 PM PDT · by smalltownslick · 29 replies
    Glenn's daughter ^ | 8-12-16 | Holly Yarbrough
    Friends - I wanted to let you know that Dad died very peacefully last night about 9:30. He was here at home surrounded by people who love him. My dear friend Julie Adams and I were flanking him in bed, my husband Robert was nearby and Gertie was curled up next to the bed. Dad was listening to Baby the Rain Must Fall when his breaths spaced out and he drifted up and out during the last chorus - catching a ride on the Perseids to his next Great Adventure. It was a very good death. More stories to tell...
  • Pennsylvania woman steers car with her feet while texting

    08/12/2016 5:29:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 11, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    CENTER CITY, Pa., A couple traveling on a stretch of Pennsylvania freeway captured video of a woman steering her car with her feet while using both hands to text. Sarah and Shawn Delong captured video of the woman using her feet to steady the steering wheel while traveling on the Schuylkill Expressway in Center City. "Someone is going to get killed, that's why I was so mad. You see people on their phones all the time, but that took the cake," Sarah Delong told WPVI-TV. "For a good 20 minutes we were in her vicinity whether it was beside her...
  • It's loco in Acapulco: Horrific photographs from just one month's bloodshed show how former [tr]

    08/11/2016 6:24:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 11, 2016 | Liam Quinn
    Extreme and gruesome violence has turned a city once beloved by holidaymakers from around the world into a war zone. Acapulco, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, has been gripped by such bloody chaos in recent years that it has been dubbed one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Shocking new photographs captured in little more than two months on the streets show just have horrifying life there has become, with death seemingly able to strike anywhere in the city.
  • Tourism Slumps As Immigration Surges In Germany

    08/10/2016 5:10:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 10, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    As the number of migrants requesting asylum in Germany rises on last year’s figure, the country’s tourism industry is suffering. July saw 74,545 people make applications for asylum in Germany, according to the Ministry of the Interior, almost double last year’s figure for the month.
  • Error puts Chinese tourist in German migrant hostel

    08/09/2016 1:57:39 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 Aug 2016
    A Chinese tourist spent nearly two weeks in a German migrant hostel after mistakenly applying for asylum when he actually wanted to report a theft... A translation app confirmed Mr Schluetermann's suspicions that the tourist had got entangled in the asylum system by mistake. "It came up with phrases like 'I want to go on a trip abroad'," he said. It emerged that the tourist had plans to visit Italy and France.
  • Are Cruise Ships Prepared for ISIS?

    08/07/2016 12:45:40 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 43 replies
    Cruise Law News ^ | 3 Aug, 2016 | Jim Walker
    Are cruise ships prepared for the threat of terrorism? As I have contended for a long time, in my opinion no. Cruise lines are still calling on dangerous ports. They are still sending passengers on unescorted shore excursions in buses without armed security personnel. Cruise ships can't prevent terrorists from overpowering their unarmed security guards on most cruise ships and running up the gangways. (Some European cruise lines, like Costa, have weapons). Few lines are conducting anti-terrorist drills. The rare anti-terrorism training drill conducted by local and federal agencies are not even conducted on cruise ships. Few lines have installed...
  • Completion of I-22 could trigger apocalypse

    08/07/2016 11:10:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    AL.com ^ | April 19-20, 2016 | Matt Mitchell, The Ostrich
    Just as construction crews were putting the finishing touches on Interstate 22 this week, rumors began to circulate that the road's completion may set off a chain of events that could destroy humanity and bring civilization to it's knees. According to a Wikipedia article created last night, Interstate 22, formerly known as "Corridor X" and "Ye Olden Highway," is considered to be North America's very first construction project. Native American documents dating back to 800 AD show plans to clear a path from Memphis to Birmingham, giving Midwestern tribes of 19-22 year-olds the quickest route to destroying Alabama's pristine beaches...
  • Australian Olympic rowing coaches robbed at knifepoint in Rio and 'violently assaulted by [tr]

    08/07/2016 7:18:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 7, 2016 | Max Margan
    Two Australian rowing coaches were robbed at knifepoint by two teenage boys in Rio in the latest security failure at the Games. The coaches were wearing their team uniforms and were walking a short distance back to their hotel near Ipanema Beach after the opening ceremony on Friday, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The coaches were reportedly violently assaulted during the incident after being approached by two teenage boys, including one who pulled out a knife and demanded money.
  • BREXIT BLOCK: EU bureaucrats tell Britain to PAY £20BN bill or we WON'T let you leave

    08/06/2016 10:06:34 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 62 replies
    Express ^ | Aug 6, 2016 | Rebecca Perring & Monika Pallenberg
    BRUSSELS bureaucrats are forcing Britain to cough up a staggering £20BILLION before the country unshackles itself from the beleaguered bloc, it has emerged.
  • U.S. rail traffic down 7.9 percent in July

    08/05/2016 3:52:17 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    ProgressiveRailroading.com ^ | 5AUG2016 | Staff writer
    U.S. railroad traffic in July fell 7.9 percent to 2,027,768, carloads and intermodal units, compared with traffic volume in July 2015, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced this week. Total carloads in the month declined 8.8 percent to 1,025,367 units, compared with the same period last year. Railroads also transported 1,002,401 containers and trailers last month, down 6.9 percent compared with a year ago. Four of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by AAR posted increases during the month. They included grain, up 15.3 percent or 12,641 carloads; waste and nonferrous scrap, up 25.9 percent or 3,400 carloads; and...
  • Chinese Company Tests Giant Bus That Drives Over Cars

    08/05/2016 3:22:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 05, 2016 | Steven Overly
    <p>TEB-1 has a spacious passenger compartment measuring 72 feet long by 26 feet wide.</p> <p>Every urban commuter laments the twice-a-day headache of traffic congestion and the often disappointing alternatives that mass transit offers.</p> <p>A Chinese company has officially rolled out one potential solution: the TEB-1, or Transit Elevated Bus. The giant "flying" bus, as some have called it, straddles two lanes of traffic and stands nearly 16 feet tall so that it can pass over cars on the roadway below. While still a long way from mass production, the TEB-1 could one day alleviate major traffic woes in China and other countries with crowded metropolitan areas.</p>
  • Bees Swarm Couple After Car Crash

    08/03/2016 8:27:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    LEX18.com ^ | July 27, 2016 | LEX18.com
    LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - A quiet summer night in Laurel County got shaken up by a loud crash, and a swarm of bees. Neighbors say they could hear the screaming all the way up the hills. People on Patton Spur Road don't see many cars come down the dead-end street. But last night, Gary Anderson watched from his porch as a purple Tracker veered on and off the pavement. "Then he passed probably going about 35-40 miles an hour, pretty fast really. And all the sudden, I heard a big boom," said Anderson. He says the driver, Noah...
  • Italian medieval castle on sale for the first time in 650 years

    08/03/2016 5:42:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-03-2016 | Italian medieval castle on sale for the first time in 650 years
    An 80-room Italian castle owned by the same family since the fourteenth century is set to change hands for the first time in nearly 650 years. Castel Valer, located in the foothills of the Dolomites, was constructed over half a millennium from 1200-1700 and was acquired by the Spaur family in 1368. The estate, which combines architecture from the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque eras, has previously been valued at over 31 million euros (£26m). "The home holds a lot of history for both my family and my country. I especially love the details in the Gothic Chapel and have a...
  • Airplanes are more disgusting than you ever imagined

    08/02/2016 6:20:05 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 44 replies
    nypost ^ | 8/2 | shea
    There’s nothing worse than hopping on a flight to take a long-awaited summer vacation — only to land in paradise with a nasty cold or stomach bug. Airplane germs are unavoidable, but experts say there are ways to protect yourself. It all comes down to knowing what you’re fighting against and how to protect yourself. Around your seat, you’re likely to pick up germs that cause the common cold, flu, staph infections, or norovirus — many of which can live for days, weeks or months on a surface. In the bathroom, you should be on high alert for E. coli...
  • The De Havilland Comet Was the First Jetliner. And an Awesome Sub-Hunter

    08/02/2016 6:04:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 2, 2016 | Michael Byrne
    On July 27, 1949, the world quite abruptly became a very small place. The new scale, which drew together cities and coastlines that had for millennia existed on basically separate planets, came courtesy of the de Havilland Comet, the first commercial jet aircraft to enter production. With its pressurized cabin, it could travel as high as 42,000 feet and, courtesy of four turbojet engines offering 22,000 Newtons of thrust each, it cruised at 460 miles per hour. The Comet was, well, a comet.
  • MH370 was flown [water landing] into water, says Canadian air crash expert

    08/01/2016 1:56:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    bbc ^ | 08/01/2016
    Mr Vance was formerly investigator-in-charge for the Canadian Aviation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, and has led more than 200 air crash investigations. He was the chief author of a report into the 1998 SwissAir Flight 111 crash off Nova Scotia, Canada which killed 229 people. The force of that crash broke the plane into more than two million pieces. He told 60 Minutes that an absence of such wreckage was one factor suggesting MH370 landed in controlled circumstances. "Somebody was flying the airplane at the end of its flight," he said. "Somebody was flying the...
  • Shocking pictures reveal the full horror of Rio's filthy conditions as athletes are warned [tr]

    08/01/2016 1:02:39 PM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2016 | Gareth Davies
    Shocking new pictures of the filthy waters in Rio have revealed yet more concerns for Olympic athletes in Brazil who have been told not to put their heads under water. Ganabara Bay will host the triathlon, sailing and some swimming events at the Games and last week a floating corpse and a severed arm were found floating in the water. A study has shown viral levels in the bay is up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe.
  • Mysterious Smiley Face Appears in Hawaiian Volcano During Eruption

    08/01/2016 10:58:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Aug 1, 2016, 5:45 AM ET | By Brian McBride
    A Hawaiian volcano was ready for its close-up. A smiley face was spotted in the Kilauea volcano's crater during an eruption.
  • Australian athletes are ROBBED in Rio during a fire evacuation at the Olympic village [tr]

    08/01/2016 6:33:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2016 | Freya Noble
    Brazilian firemen stole Zika-protective shirts from Australia's residence during an evacuation, when a laptop was also pinched and other computer equipment rifled through. Australian team boss Kitty Chiller says she crossed paths with the thieves at the height of Friday's fire drama at the Olympic athletes' village. At the time, Chiller's initial thought was the shirts may have been given to the firemen by Australian team members as thanks for helping them evacuate.
  • ...Mother Finds Botfly Larvae Peeking Out of Son’s Scalp After Returning From Trip to Costa Rica

    07/30/2016 2:56:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 87 replies
    ktla ^ | 07/30/2016
    About a week after the Rindone family returned from their tropical summer vacation, 7-year-old Andrew started complaining about a bump on his head. "It did hurt a little," Andrew said. "And, it did itch." The boy's pediatrician thought he had an infection and prescribed antibiotics. But the bump just kept getting bigger, and a small pinhole began to appear. Then one day, Andrew was on the couch when his mother saw something that horrified her. "We kind of noticed something peek out of the hole," Jennifer Rindone said. The small opening was apparently a breathing hole for the larvae growing...
  • Ex-Guantanamo Inmate Who Disappeared in Uruguay Resurfaces in Venezuela

    07/30/2016 7:50:05 AM PDT · by fella · 1 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 29 July 2016 | Raquel García
    Authorities Confirm Syrian Jhiad Diyab Has Resurfaced at Uruguayan Consulate in Venezuela After a month after disappearing from Uruguay, former Syrian Guantanamo prisoner Jhiad Diyab has resurfaced in Venezuela, according to Russian news agency Sputnik and Uruguayan chancellor Rodolfo Nin Novoa. According to Sputnik, Diyab presented himself in the Uruguayan consulate in Venezuela with the intention to travel to Turkey where a part of his family resides. The Syrian said he came to Venezuela through Brazil by bus. Diyab obtained refugee status in Uruguay after coming to the country in December 2014. This was achieved after an agreement by former...
  • Portions of Orange and Silver lines to remain closed following Metro derailment

    07/29/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Fraxinus · 9 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 29, 2016 | Jack Moore
    Because of a derailment at the East Falls Church Metro station portions of the Orange and Silver lines will remain closed for the rest of the day. WASHINGTON — Service on parts of the Orange and Silver Lines will remain suspended through at least Saturday, following an early-morning derailment near the East Falls Church station that damaged two train cars, sent one rider to the hospital and scrambled passengers’ Friday morning commutes. Service on the Silver Line between the McLean and Ballston stations and on the Orange Line between West Falls Church and Ballston will remain suspended through the end...
  • Ex-wife of treasure hunter says Colorado man died chasing 'hoax'

    07/28/2016 7:23:27 AM PDT · by dware · 14 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 07.27.2016 | AP via KJCT8
    The ex-wife of a man who died while searching for a cache of gold and jewels says she believe he lost his life chasing a hoax. Linda Bilyeu told The Albuquerque Journal she's disappointed that Randy Bilyeu, the father of her two daughters, died while searching for treasure Santa Fe author Forrest Fenn says he's hidden in the Rocky Mountain region. Although 54-year-old Bilyeu was reported missing in January, his remains weren't found until July. Bilyeu was visiting Santa Fe from Broomfield, Colorado, to search for Fenn's antique treasure chest. It's said to contain more than $1 million worth of...
  • Brazilian Doctor on Rio Games: ‘Foreign Athletes Will Literally Be Swimming in Human Crap’

    07/27/2016 11:21:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27, 2016 | Staff
    Olympic athletes competing in the waters off Rio’s shore dodge human feces, the invisible rotavirus, and dead bodies in pursuit of gold. This game ranks not as an official Olympic sport but as a necessity for athletes competing on the open waters during the August event in Rio.