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Museum Attack In Tunisian Capital Kills 19; 2 Gunmen Slain

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Foreign tourists scrambled in panic Wednesday after militants stormed a museum in Tunisia’s capital and killed 19 people, “shooting at anything that moved,” a witness said.

  Two gunmen were slain by security forces following the deadliest attack on civilians in the North African country in 13 years, and the president said the young democracy was embroiled in a war with terror.

  The militants, who wore military-style uniforms and wielded assault rifles, burst from a vehicle and began gunning down tourists climbing out of buses at the National Bardo Museum. The attackers then charged inside to take hostages before being killed in a firefight with security forces.

  Authorities launched a manhunt for two or three accomplices in the attack. Prime Minister Habib Essid said the two Tunisian gunmen killed 17 tourists — five from Japan, four from Italy, two from Colombia, two from Spain, and one each from Australia, Poland and France. The nationality of one dead foreigner was not released. Essid said two Tunisian nationals also were killed by the militants.

  At least 44 people were wounded, including tourists from Italy, France, Japan, South Africa, Poland, Belgium and Russia, according to Essid and doctors from Tunis’ Charles Nicolle.”

 

 

Read more on the latest outrage from the “Religion Of Peace”™

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Bill Would Ban Congress From Using Taxpayer Funds For First-Class Travel

 

 

 

 

” Legislation introduced by a freshman congresswoman would ban lawmakers from using taxpayer funds for first-class flights and personal car leases.

  Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., announced the Congressional Travel Perks Elimination Act in a recent statement.

“ Nine months ago, I pledged I would work to end wasteful Congressional perks. Today, I’m following through on that promise,” Graham said. “It’s a common sense idea that Republicans and Democrats can both agree on: members of Congress shouldn’t be able to charge taxpayers for first-class airfare or long-term personal car leases.”

  According to her statement, the legislation would also ban the use of taxpayer funds for personal car leases, some of which are “as high as $825 a month.” “

 

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Baby Found Alive In Car 14 Hours After Crash In Utah River

 

 

 

 

 

” A baby survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for about 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.

  The 18-month-old girl’s condition was upgraded from critical to stable but critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital, but her 25-year-old mother, Lynn Groesbeck of Springville, was found dead in the car, police said Sunday.

  The fisherman discovered the car on its top about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Spanish Fork River in Spanish Fork, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, police Lt. Matt Johnson said.

  Investigators believe the wreck occurred about 10:30 p.m. Friday when a resident near the accident scene reported hearing something, Johnson said. The resident was unable to find anything out of the ordinary when checking the area near Provo.”

 

Yahoo News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naked Man Caught Jumping Out Of Buckingham Palace Window In Internet Hoax

 

 

 

” A video clip that claims to show a naked man climbing out of a window at Buckingham Palace using a bed sheet has started an online debate as to whether it is real or not.

  The video shows some Swedish tourists watching the Changing of the Guard near Green Park.

  Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the video and the Metropolitan Police said they have had no reports of the incident.”

The Telegraph

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Just One Hour From Vancouver There Is A Secret Island Where Everyone Lives Completely Off-Grid

 

 

 

 

” Lasqueti is a small island between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, home to a little known community of off-gridders who take pride in their isolation from both mainstream culture and mainland Canada. In this short documentary film, a journalist from 16×9 News goes to meet some of Lasqueti’s characters and find out more about life on this beautiful land that time forgot.

  With very little industry or economy, most of the residents live simply, taking what they need from the land and having next to no carbon footprint (and little need for money). The 2011 census recorded 426 people living in Lasqueti, who meet up to socialize in the island’s (one) bar and cafe.

  Lasqueti also has a free store, where people can leave or collect items without any monetary exchange. Just one hour by boat from Vancouver island, Lasqueti doesn’t have a tourist industry, booming economy or any industry to speak of, but those who live there say that they enjoy the sense of timelessness, community, and freedom that their home provides.”

 

Thanks to True Activist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niagara Falls Frozen: Amazing Pictures Show Waterfall Draped In Sheets Of Solid Ice

 

 

 

” Niagara Falls has frozen over as arctic temperatures have taken hold across the Great Lakes, creating an amazing sight that’s generating some viral photos and drawing tourists from around the world.

  With temperatures dipping to 13 degrees below zero in the region, the famous waterfall has turned into a giant cascade of icy sheets. Pictures of the frozen Niagara Falls have circulated around the internet, showing just how massive the ice is around the waterfall.”

 

 

 

 

 

” The extreme cold temperatures are helping create the frozen phenomenon. When the weather is this cold, the tremendous amount of mist generated by the powerful waterfall turns everything around it into ice, building in ever-thickening layers that make for an incredible sight.

  This is not the first time that a frozen Niagara Falls has gained attention. Last year some photos of the ice-draped waterfall went viral, thanks in part to a bit of a misunderstanding about just how icy it had gotten. In March, a late-winter cold snap left icy covering the sides of the waterfall, but many pictures circulating on the internet and social media claimed that it had actually frozen over entirely.”

 

   In fact the Falls are so frozen that intrepid climber Will Gadd dared to ascend the icy wall …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the Inquisitr for more on frozen the Niagara Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Beach Named Best Beach In The U.S. By TripAdvisor

 

Photo by Ollie O

 

 

” Siesta Beach near Sarasota has consistently won accolades from travelers around the world, and now it can add one more: TripAdvisor’s best beach in the U.S.

  The user-review travel site rolled out the results for best beaches as part of its Travelers’ Choice Awards and sandy strips in Florida took nine of the top 25 in the U.S. with Siesta Beach moving up two spots from 2014 to take the crown.

” It is an honor to be chosen by our fans for this award,” says Virginia J. Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County. “We are fortunate to have such a beautiful beach in Sarasota County. This honor is a reflection of the outstanding service provided by Sarasota County Parks & Recreation and volunteers who give their time and talents daily to ensure the beach is pristine and welcoming to all.  We are proud to share the beach with the world.”

  This is the third year the site has produced the awards. The rankings come from millions of travelers who left reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor’s site last year. The site took those ratings and came up with a list of best beaches not only in the U.S., but also the world and regions around the world.”

 

 

    Read more about TripAdvisor’s choices for the best beaches in America as well as the world at the Orlando Sentinel , while here is the list of top 25 American beaches :

 

” As far as TripAdvisor’s rankings, here is the U.S. top 25:

 

1. Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near Sarasota, Florida

2. St. Pete Beach, Florida

3. Ka’anapali Beach Lahaina, Hawaii

4. Wai’anapanapa State Park Hana, Hawaii

5. Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach, Florida

6. La Jolla Cove La Jolla, California

7. Kailua Beach Park Kailua, Hawaii

8. Clearwater Beach Clearwater, Florida

9. St. Augustine Beach Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

10. Beach at Panama City Panama City Beach, Florida

11. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Honolulu, Hawaii

12. Poipu Beach Park Poipu, Hawaii

13. Ogunquit Beach Ogunquit, Maine

14. Hunting Island State Park Beaufort, South Carolina

15. Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay) Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

16. Race Point Beach Provincetown, Massachusetts

17. Newport Beach Newport Beach, California

18. Fort Myers Beach Fort Myers Beach, Florida

19. Coronado Municipal Beach Coronado, California

20. Hollywood Beach Hollywood, Florida

21. South Beach Miami Beach, Florida

22. Hanalei Beach Hanalei, Hawaii

23. Carlsbad State Beach Carlsbad, California

24. Crystal Cove State Park Laguna Beach, California

25. Ocean City Beach Ocean City, Maryland “

 

 

     One hardly knows what to say regarding the complete absence of Hampton’s beaches from the list . The only thing that we can surmise is that the Hampton’s are not one of the top destinations for TripAdvisor users due to the sky high costs of visiting .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mars One Shortlist: The Top 10 Hopefuls

 

 

 

 

 

” Organizers of a proposed human settlement on Mars have unveiled the final 100 would-be colonizers. Here are the top 10 candidates .

  Selected from more than 200,000 applicants, the 50 men and 50 women are a step closer to taking part in the one-way mission. You can read more about  Britain’s five hopefuls here. The organizers ranked the candidates by points: here are the top 10.

 

Christian O Knudsen

Age: 34
From: Denmark

Christian says:

I believe the potential benefits of the Mars One project far outweigh the potential costs it may have to me, personally.

I believe these benefits will be scientific progress, which can benefit all of us on Earth, if you compare the Mars One mission to the moon landing, I think scientific progress, on a similar scale to what we experienced following that endeavour, is a reasonable expectation.

Another benefit of of the Mars One project, in my mind, is the motivation it ignites in other people, the surge in students choosing an education in the fields of science and engineering following the Apollo space programme is, in my opinion, a result of this motivation.

Furthermore, personally, and without any scientific backing, I believe that the increase in living standard these advances allow, will leave more space for individuals to expand the sphere of people they care for and will sacrifice for, beyond themselves, beyond their family and beyond their nationality.

As idealistic and altruistic as all this may sound, I’m also personally motivated by the desire to test limits, personal as well as technological.

Read Christian’s full profile here. “

 

 

Meet the other members of the shortlist at the Guardian 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

 

 

 

 

 

” Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate.

  The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in their home state to bring their firearms in any other state with concealed-carry laws.

” This operates more or less like a driver’s license,” Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the second-ranking Republican in the upper chamber, told The Hill. “So, for example, if you have a driver’s license in Texas, you can drive in New York, in Utah and other places, subject to the laws of those states.” 

  Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said this would “eliminate some of the ‘gotcha moments,’ where people inadvertently cross state lines” with guns they are legally allowed to carry in their home state.

  The National Rifle Association endorsed the bill Thursday, calling it a “much-needed solution to a real problem for gun owners.” “

Read more about the latest attempt to institute reciprocal carry here

Hillary Clinton Faces Scrutiny For Use Of Private Jets

 

 

 

” Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the U.S. Senate, sometimes using the jets of corporations and major campaign donors as she racked up $225,756 in flight costs.

  Clinton, 67, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, reported the travel in official filings with the Senate. The records were provided to Bloomberg News by a Republican operative.

  Some of the companies whose planes she used included Coca-Cola Co., Citigroup Inc. and Saban Capital Group Inc.

  While the flights fell within congressional rules and were not out of the ordinary for senators at the time, they could play into the emerging Republican line of attack that Clinton’s wealth and years in government office have left her out of touch with the voters she’ll court on the campaign trail. 

  Republican Mitt Romney, who is considering another bid for president, took a swipe at Clinton’s suggestion to voters that “corporations and businesses” don’t create jobs when he spoke in Starkville, Mississippi, last night.”

 

Read more at Bloomberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court Backs Former Air Marshal In Whistleblower Case

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news media about the absence of security officers on certain flights.

  On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected arguments made by President Barack Obama’s administration, which was seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak.

” I believe the ruling will give other federal employees more confidence to expose wrongdoing,” MacLean, who was fired in 2006 and now works in residential construction management in California, said in an interview.

  The legal question was whether MacLean’s actions may be protected by the U.S. Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that protects employees if a disclosure exposes unlawful conduct, gross mismanagement or threats to public safety.

  In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court concluded that U.S. Transportation Security Administration regulations that prohibited MacLean’s disclosures did not have sufficient legal force to bar him from receiving protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act.”

 

Reuters has the whole story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,700 Private Jets Descend On Davos For World Economic Forum

 

 

 

 

” Billionaires, world leaders and pop stars are clogging up the skies with their private jets as they descend on the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to liaise over issues such as terrorism, the central banks and growing economic inequality.

  Over the course of this week, approximately 1,700 private jets are expected to fly into the region, resulting airport traffic increasing by 10% which means that landing spots are in short supply.

  The Swiss Armed Forces have even opened up one of their military air bases for the first time to try and accommodate the increase in traffic. For private jet companies like PrivateFly, Netkets and VistaJet, this is by far their busiest time of year. “

 

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Deadly Cincinnati Overpass Collapse Closes SB I-75 Indefinitely

 

 

 

 

 

” A construction worker died and a truck driver was hurt when a section of the old northbound Hopple Street exit overpass collapsed during construction onto southbound I-75 late Monday.

” A very tragic scene,” said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. “It appears the workers, while they were on the deck doing the demolition of the bridge, something happened. We are not sure and that is what the investigation will tell us in the coming hours.”

  The southbound side of the highway will be shut down indefinitely, creating what police describe as a traffic nightmare as the work week begins following Monday’s federal holiday. “

 

KFVS.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harbin International Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival

 

 

 

 

 

” The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival or simply called Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consists of four theme parks:Harbin Ice and Snow World, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.”

 

 

 

 

” The festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution but had been resumed by 1985. Along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is listed as the top 4 ice and snow festivals in the world.”

 

 

 

” Traditionally, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival open in mid-December and last to the late February. But its official opening ceremony usually held on January 5th each year. And the time is usually considered as the official date of the formal beginning of the festival. The festival includes many interesting activities and events, such as ice and snow carnival, international ice sculptures competitions, ice lantern show, sliding, ice-sailing, sledging, ice hockey, ice football, speed skating, cross-field skiing and Alpine skiing competitions, fishing, swimming, ice and snow film art show, painting exhibition, calligraphy display, photo exhibition, folk song and dance performances, wedding ceremonies on ice, trade talks, trade fairs and all kinds of national or international sports events etc.”

 

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12 Injured In 35-Car Pileup On I-93 In New Hampshire

 

 

 

 

 

” A 35-car pileup on snowy Interstate 93 in New Hampshire on Friday morning left a tractor-trailer in flames, crumpled cars strewn along the roadway and 12 people injured, as snow squalls and ice made driving treacherous.

  The crash was reported around 10 a.m. on I-93 North in Ashland, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. New Hampshire State Police Lt. Jerome Maslan said 35 vehicles were involved in two separate pileups, after initial reports that 50 to 100 cars might have been involved.

  One of the crashes involved a tractor-trailer that caught fire after a vehicle went underneath it. Aerial footage of the crashes showed boxes strewn about and crumpled cars.”

NECN has more

Live – NORAD Santa Tracker 2014: Follow Father Christmas’s Trip Around The Globe

 

NORAD Santa Tracker 2014

 Click pic to go live where you can follow Santa around the world

 

 

 

” Each festive season the air forces tasked with defending US airspace instead devote themselves to tracking Father Christmas.

  The North American Aerospace Defense Command – or NORAD – started tracking him when a 1955 advert encouraged children to phone Santa – but gave the wrong number.

  When he realised what had happened, Colonel Harry Shoup – who came to be known as the “Santa Colonel” – quickly told his staff to answer the calls with an update on Father Christmas’s current position.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” And the practice has continued ever since, developing into a tradition where volunteers staff call centres on Christmas Eve and field around 70,000 phone calls each year from 200 countries.

  But the tracker has adapted with the times, becoming more advanced through the years as it took to the internet.

  It now has its own Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts, and not only counts down the days until Father Christmas will begin delivering presents but lets you visit the digital North Pole and play various games.”

 

Read more at Mirror.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Federal Prosecutors Accuse Two Delta Employees Of Gun Trafficking

 

 

 

 

” Federal prosecutors accused a Delta Air Lines Inc. baggage handler and a former employee of the carrier of ferrying guns aboard a passenger flight as part of a larger gun-trafficking operation between Atlanta and New York.

  The accused employee, Eugene Harvey of Atlanta, was arrested without incident on Saturday and made an initial appearance in front of a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Atlanta on Monday, said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Stephen Emmett. Mr. Harvey’s alleged accomplice, Mark Quentin Henry, was arrested earlier this month.

  Mr. Henry told investigators that he had traveled on a Delta flight on Dec. 10 from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to New York’s Kennedy Airport carrying 18 handguns, seven of which were loaded, in his carry-on backpack, according to a criminal complaint filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta against Mr. Harvey. The complaint alleges Mr. Henry was assisted by Mr. Harvey, who worked inside a secure baggage transfer room at Hartsfield-Jackson and had a special badge and a unique access code to gain entry to the area.

An FBI affidavit in support of Mr. Harvey’s arrest warrant alleged that Mr. Henry, who it said is a convicted felon, supplied 129 handguns of various makes and models, and two assault rifles, to another co-conspirator, who sold them to a New York undercover agent. This activity allegedly occurred from May 1 through Dec. 10, according to an investigation led by the New York Police Department described in the complaint. “

 

Wall Street Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Welcome Home At Heathrow International Airport

 

 

 

 

” Winding down the week with some feel-good stuff: How does making music make you “FEEL?” Look at all these people of different ages, races and cultures getting down and getting emotional about music being made … with just the sounds of humans.”

The first video is of the fireworks display itself in it’s entirety …

Burj Al Arab 15th Anniversary / UAE National Day Fireworks 2014

 

 

     … while the second video offers a view of the stage pageantry leading up to the fireworks as well as a closer view of the fireworks display itself … Enjoy .

UAE 43rd National Day, Burj Al Arab Firework 2014, Full HD

 

 

 

Postcards From Pripyat, Chernobyl

 

 

 

” Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son.

  It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate.

  During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.

  Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored…

  dannycooke.co.uk Follow me on twitter @dannycooke

  Shot using DJI Phantom 2 (GoPro3+) and Canon 7D “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman Dies After Airport Scanner Interferes With Her Pacemaker

 

 

 

 

 

” A woman fitted with a pacemaker has died after passing through an airport scanner in the southern Russian town of Ulan-Ude.

  Diana Tolstova, 30, died in the airport minutes after passing through the scanner. Her husband Maxim, 33, said that they had provided papers proving that Mrs Tolstova was fitted with the heart device – which is adversely affected by airport scanners.

” I don’t know what happened but she went through it anyway,” he told Central European News agency.

” When we got to the departure gate she began to feel dizzy and suddenly collapsed.

” I grabbed her in my arms and called for medical help.”

 

The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK’s First ‘Poo Bus’ Goes Into Service Between Bristol And Bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The UK’s first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath.

  The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste.

  The eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce.

  It is run by tour operator Bath Bus Company and will shuttle people between Bristol Airport and Bath city centre.

  The biomethane gas is generated at Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth, which is run by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water.

  GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq said: “Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself.” “

 

 

BBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Items Found By The TSA That Would Probably Be Inappropriate Anywhere At Any Time

 

” The TSA’s confusing rules and thorough safety measures can be frustrating, but their existence is a necessary evil. Their personal Instagram account may make you simultaneously thankful for the TSA and terrified of traveling. “

 

 

” Grenades and bombs from Chicago, Milwaukee and Austin”

 

 

TSA Bombs

 

“Oh, these aren’t allowed?”

 

 

Here’s another genius move …

 

 

” Grenade in a penguin “

 

Penguin Grenade

“He did NOT tell me. Bad penguin!”

See the other discoveries here