Ominous Number 19 | naɪntiːn

1933 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
January
January 5: Golden Gate Bridge begun.
January 5 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.

March
March 9 – Great Depression: The United States Congress begins its first 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation.
March 10 – An earthquake in Long Beach, California kills 117 people.
March 12 – Great Depression: Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States, in the first of his “Fireside chats”.

April
April 5
President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a national emergency and issues Executive Order 6102, making it illegal for U.S. citizens to own substantial amounts of monetary gold or bullion.
April 19 – The United States officially goes off the gold standard.

Date unknown
The United States Federal Government outlaws cannabis.
A coup attempt against Franklin Delano Roosevelt fails in the United States (see Smedley Butler).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1933

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Battles of Lexington and Concord – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battles_of_Lexington_and_Concord

Library of Congress – Lexington and Concord

The Minute Man, Concord, Massachusetts, copyright 1900.
Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920

On April 19, 1775, British and American soldiers exchanged fire in the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord. On the night of April 18, the royal governor of Massachusetts, General Thomas Gage, commanded by King George III to suppress the rebellious Americans, had ordered 700 British soldiers, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith and Marine Major John Pitcairn, to seize the colonists’ military stores in Concord, some 20 miles west of Boston.

A system of signals and word-of-mouth communication set up by the colonists was effective in forewarning American volunteer militia men of the approach of the British troops. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” tells how a lantern was displayed in the steeple of Christ Church on the night of April 18, 1775, as a signal to Paul Revere and others.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/apr19.html

Terror Hits Home: The Oklahoma City Bombing
On the morning of April 19, 1995, an ex-Army soldier and security guard named Timothy McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. He was about to commit mass murder.
Inside the vehicle was a powerful bomb made out of a deadly cocktail of agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other chemicals. McVeigh got out, locked the door, and headed towards his getaway car. He ignited one timed fuse, then another.
At precisely 9:02 a.m., the bomb exploded.
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/oklahoma-city-bombing

O + K + C
15 + 11 + 3
18 + 11
18 = 6 + 6 + 6
11 + 11 + 11 = 33

The Great Midwest Earthquake of 1811

Two hundred years ago, a series of powerful temblors devastated what is now Missouri. Could it happen again?image: http://thumbs.media.smithsonianmag.com//filer/Phenomena-earthquake-central-631.jpg__800x600_q85_crop.jpg
A 19th-century print of New Madrid earthquake chaos. (Granger Collection, NYC)
By Elizabeth Rusch
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December 2011

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http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-great-midwest-earthquake-of-1811-46342/#ZoJRASUTOJTKRjaV.99

New Madrid Seismic Zone – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Potential for future earthquakes
In a report filed in November 2008, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that a serious earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone could result in “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States,” further predicting “widespread and catastrophic” damage across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and particularly Tennessee, where a 7.7 magnitude quake or greater would cause damage to tens of thousands of structures affecting water distribution,transportation systems, and other vital infrastructure.[20] The earthquake is expected to also result in many thousands of fatalities, with more than 4,000 of the fatalities expected in Memphis alone.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Madrid_Seismic_Zone

Record number of Oklahoma tremors raises earthquake threat, officials say | Fox News
Published May 06, 2014 | Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY – The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly
increasing the chance for a damaging quake in the central part of the state, federal and state agencies said Monday.
The U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey reported that 183 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater occurred from October 2013 through April 14. This compares with an average of only two magnitude 3.0 or larger earthquakes per year from 1978 to 2008.
“As a result of the increased number of small and moderate shocks, the likelihood of future, damaging earthquakes has increased for central and north-central Oklahoma,” a statement from the agencies said.
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/05/06/record-number-oklahoma-tremors-raises-earthquake-threat-officials-say/

Police: Woman beheaded at Oklahoma workplace
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/26/woman-beheaded-oklahoma/16293737/

Forthtell: What do Spock, Jay-Z (J10, Z26 = 36) = (18 + 18) = ((6+6+6)+(6+6+6+)), & Janet Napolitano have in common?
http://forthtell.blogspot.com/2012/08/what-do-spock-jay-z-j10-z26-36-18-18.html

Forthtell: Mob SssEyeColo(G):: Kanye wearing a shirt with the head of Baphomet
http://forthtell.blogspot.com/2012/08/mob-ssseyecolog-kanye-wearing-shirt.html

O’ Bamah
Ezekiel 20:29 (KJV) 29 Then I said unto them, What [is] the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.

BLB Lexicon
Results for H1117 – Bamah
‎במה
Transliteration: Bamah
Pronunciation: vä·mä’
Part of Speech: proper locative noun
Root Word (Etymology): the same as H1116, See also H1120
Outline of Biblical Usage:
Bamah = “high place”
a place in Palestine (of places of idolatrous worship)
KJV Translation Count:
1 Total Bamah 1

BLB Lexicon
Results for H1120 – Bamowth
‎בָּמוֹת
Transliteration: Bamowth
Pronunciation: bä·mōth’
Part of Speech: proper locative noun
Root Word (Etymology): plural of H1116
Outline of Biblical Usage:
Bamoth = “high places” or “great high place”
a town on the river Arnon in Moab
KJV Translation Count:
4 Total Bamoth 2, Baal 1, Bamothbaal 1

Baphomet – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Baphomet (/ˈbæfɵmɛt/; from medieval LatinBaphometh, baffometi, Occitan Bafometz) is a term originally used to describe an idol or deity which the Knights Templar were accused of worshiping, and subsequently incorporated into disparate occult and mystical traditions. It appeared as a term for a pagan idol in trial transcripts of the Inquisitionof the Knights Templar in the early 14th century,[1] The name first came into popular English usage in the 19th century, with debate and speculation on the reasons for the suppression of the Templars.[2]
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baphomet

Mystery Babylon :Satanic Temple unveils 7-foot goat-headed Baphomet statue for Oklahoma Capitol:
Monument Would Invite Children to Sit in Satan’s Lap | count down to zerotime.com
http://countdowntozerotime.com/2014/01/07/mystery-babylon-satanic-temple-unveils-7-foot-goat-headed-baphomet-statue-for-oklahoma-capitolmonument-would-invite-children-to-sit-in-satans-lap/
http://forthtell.blogspot.com/2014_01_07_archive.html

‘Child-Friendly’ Satan Statue for Okla. State Capitol Awaits Final Judgment | CNS News
In the statue, which is to be cast in bronze and is near completion, Satan is depicted as “Baphomet” with a goat’s head and horns, and there is a boy on his left and a girl on his right.
“We decided to go with that because it is a fairly traditional character,” Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple, told KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City. “It also offers a lap that visitors can come to sit on, have their picture taken with.”

“The central image we have chosen in our monument design is known as ‘Baphomet,’ a goat-headed, angel-winged, androgynous creature first rendered in its most widely recognized form by occult historian Eliphas Levi in the 19th century,” said Greaves.
“Our monument will stand in honor of those unjustly accused, the slandered minority, the maligned out-groups, so that we might pay respect to their memory and celebrate our progress as a pluralistic nation founded on secular law.”
http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/michael-chapman/child-friendly-satan-statue-okla-state-capitol-awaits-final-judgment

19 (number) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
19 (number)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Nineteen” redirects here. For other uses, see 19 (disambiguation).
19 /ˈnaɪntiːn/.

Mathematics
19 is a centered triangular number, centered hexagonal number and a Heegner number.
The only non-trivial normal magic hexagon contains 19 hexagons (the other being 1).

Technology
19 is The TCP/IP port used for chargen.
Science
The atomic number of potassium

Religion
Islam
The number of angels guarding Hell (“Hellfire”) (“Saqar”) according to the Qur’an: “Over it are nineteen” (74:30), after which the Qur’an describes this number as being “a trial for those who disbelieve” (74:31), a sign for people of the scripture to be “convinced” (74:31) and that believers “will increase in faith” (74:31) due to it…
There have been claims that patterns of the number 19 are present an unusual number of times in the Qur’an.[1][2]
The Number of Verse and Sura together in the Qur’an which announces Jesus son of Maryam’s (Mary’s) birth (Qur’an 19:19).
Baha’i faith
In the Bábí and Bahá’í faiths, a group of 19 is called a Váhid, a Unity (Arabic: واحد wāhid, “one”). The numerical value of this word in the Abjad numeral system is 19.

The Bahá’í calendar is structured such that a year contains 19 months of 19 days each (along with the intercalary period of Ayyám-i-Há), as well as a 19-year cycle and a 361-year (19×19) supercycle.
The Báb and his disciples formed a group of 19.
There were 19 Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh.

Music
“19” is a 1985 song by Paul Hardcastle, including sampled soundbites taken from a documentary about the Vietnam War in which 19 is claimed to have been the average age of United States soldiers killed in the conflict (an assertion which is widely disputed).[2] The song was parodied by British satirist Rory Bremner under the pseudonym ‘The Commentators,’ as N-n-nineteen, Not Out, the title referring to the batting average of David Gower, the England cricket captain, during his side’s risible performance against the West Indies in 1984 when they lost 5-0.
With a similar name and anti-Vietnam War theme, “I Was Only Nineteen” by the Australian group Redgum reached number one on the Australian charts in 1983. In 2005 a hip hop version of the song was produced by The Herd.
Nineteen has been used as an alternative to twelve for a division of the octave into equal parts. This idea goes back to Salinas in the sixteenth century, and is interesting in part because it gives a system of meantone tuning, being close to 1/3 comma meantone. See 19 equal temperament.
Some organs use the 19th harmonic to approximate a minor third.

Games
A 19×19 Go board
The game of Go is played on a grid of 19×19 lines (though variants can be played on grids of other sizes).

Age 19
The final year a person is a teenager.

In sports
In golf the “19th hole” is the clubhouse bar. In miniature golf it is an extra hole on which the winner earns an instant prize.
As of the most recently completed 2012 season, Major League Soccer has 19 teams.
The jersey number 19 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats or other key figures:

Other fields
The Nineteen Propositions was a 1642 petition from parliament to King Charles I of England.
The nineteenth President of the United States was Rutherford B. Hayes.
The nineteenth state to enter the Union of the United States was Indiana
Part of the name of a breakfast cereal: Product 19
The Soviet submarine K-19 was the first Soviet nuclear ballistic submarine
I-19 is the designation for a US Interstate highway in Arizona
19 years is very close to 235 lunations. See Metonic cycle
The number of the French department Corrèze

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19_(number)

Centered Triangular Number – Mathworld |Wolfram is the web’s most extensive mathematical resource

Centered Triangular Number – Mathworld |Wolfram is the web’s most extensive mathematical resource

3_tri_19

A centered triangular number is a centered polygonal number consisting of a central dot with three dots around it, and then additional dots in the gaps between adjacent dots. The th term is , and the first few such numbers for , 1, 2, … are 1, 4, 10, 19, 31, 46, 64, … (OEIS A005448). The generating function giving the centered triangular numbers is

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/CenteredTriangularNumber.html

United States one-dollar bill – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The inclusion of the motto, “In God We Trust,” […] first appeared on paper money in 1957.

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The reverse of the seal on the left features a barren landscape dominated by an unfinished pyramid of 13 steps, topped by the Eye of Providence within a triangle. At the base of the pyramid are engraved the Roman numerals MDCCLXXVI (1776), the date of American independence from Britain. At the top of the seal stands a Latin phrase, “ANNUIT COEPTIS,” meaning “He (God) favors our undertaking.” At the bottom of the seal is a semicircular banner proclaiming “NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM” meaning “New Order of the Ages,” which is a reference to the new American era. To the left of this seal, a string of 13 pearls extends toward the edge of the bill.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_one-dollar_bill

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | Forthtell

Channel(ing) 19

 

 

The Medium IS the message.

Bloody number 19.

 

19 + 19 + 19 = 57

Much like …

7 + 7 + 7 = 21

and

6 + 6 + 6 = 18

57 Varieties …

Henry J. Heinz introduced the marketing slogan “57 Varieties” in 1896. He later claimed he was inspired by an advertisement he saw while riding an elevated train in New York City (a shoe store boasting “21 styles”). The reason for “57” is unclear. Heinz said he chose “5” because it was hislucky number and the number “7” was his wife’s lucky number.[1]However Heinz also said the number “7” was selected specifically because of the “psychological influence of that figure and of its enduring significance to people of all ages”.[2] Whatever the reasons, Heinz wanted the company to advertise the greatest number of choices of canned and bottled foods for sale. In fact by 1892, four years before the slogan was created, the Heinz company was already selling more than 60 products.[3]

The first product to be promoted under the new “57 varieties” slogan was prepared horseradish.[4] By 1940, the term “Heinz 57″ had become so synonymous with the company the name was used to market asteak sauce. The Heinz 57 steak saucetasted like a spicy ketchup.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_57

Web definitions: heinz

United States industrialist who manufactured and sold processed foods (1844-1919).wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

(6+6+6)+(11+11+11+11) to 19,19

Interesting.

And what is the significance of 19?

Satanist and followers of Lucifer prepare for April 19th
APRIL 19th is important to many. Let’s begin at looking at the month of April and the dates that are important to Satanist, and those that follow Lucifer and the so called Illuminate or so called NWO Global elite.

To Satanist, Easter Week-end is set aside for a Black Mass/Black Sabbath. To mock the death of Jesus Christ, a man is sacrificed on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, known to Satanists as unholy Sunday, a woman or man is sacrificed followed by three days of fasting and chanting.

April 19 – 25 Sacrifice preparation: kidnapping, holding and ceremonial preparation of person for human sacrifice.

April 25 – The Da Muer ritual: Grand climax. Sex rituals and sacrifice of a woman or young girl.

April 30 – Walpurgis night/Beltane: One of the most important nights on the satanic calendar. Blood rituals and human sacrifice take place.

To better understand what is going on, let us take a closer look at April 19th and what this date signifies to many different groups.

April 19 – May 1 is a very important time period to Satanist, Lucifer Followers and the Illuminate. Blood Sacrifice To The Beast Moloch begins a most critical 13-day period. Fire sacrifice is required on April 19th, especially children and women or just plain innocent victims that many just consider collateral damage.

April 19 is the first day of the 13-day Satanic ritual day relating to fire, the fire god, Baal, or Moloch/Nimrod (the Sun God), also known as the Roman god, Saturn (Satan-Devil). This day is a major human sacrifice day, demanding a (Fire sacrifice) with an emphasis on children. This day is one of the most important human sacrifice days of the year to Satanist and others, and as such, has had some very important historic events occur on this day throughout history.

Remember, the Illuminati considers war to be a most acceptable way to sacrifice, for it kills both children and adults indiscriminately. Killing indiscriminately is an accepted manner for killing those that are unsuspectingly killed for some ritualistic blood sacrifice.

Some of the very important historic dates that were staged according to this blood sacrifice day are:

(1). April 19, 1775 — Battle of Lexington & Concord, which made the Masonic-led Revolutionary War inevitable but which led to independence for the colonies.

library.thinkquest.org

(2) April 19, 1861 – Baltimore Riot. Considered first blood shed of civil war. A clash between pro-South civilians and Union troops in Maryland’s largest city resulted in what is commonly accepted to be the first bloodshed of the Civil War.
www.civilwarhome.com

(3). April 19, 1943 — After trapping the last Jewish Resistance Fighters in a storm drain in Warsaw, and holding them for several days, Nazi Storm Troopers began to pour fire into each end of the storm drain, using flame-throwers. The Nazi Storm Troopers continued pouring the fire into the drain until all resisters were dead. Blood sacrifice brought about by a fiery conflagration was rumored to have been ordered by those in Nazi High Command or even Hitler himself who demanded blood on April 19, 1943.
www.hagshama.org.il

(4) April 19, 1993 — 50 years later, secret Delta Force soldiers, combat armed government troops from a multitude of agencies led by the FBI, Army tanks, and other military equipment stormed the compound of David Koresh and his followers at Waco, Texas. Certainly, this operation fulfilled the basic requirements for a human sacrifice and blood ritual: trauma, fire, and young sacrificial victims murdered on the suspected inside orders of Janet Reno and Bill Clinton for dark and sinister reasons important only to their evil groups agenda.
kennysideshow.blogspot.com
en.wikipedia.org

(5) April 19, 1995 — Oklahoma City bombing — Once again, many women and young children were sacrificially killed this day and it was carried out to stigmatize American militia groups with Christian values. The media used this incident to demand new laws and a focus towards Militia groups.
en.wikipedia.org

With current national events unfolding before our eyes and with the FBI beginning arrests in Michigan for Militia members, I would expect that this April 19th, 2010 that we will see once again a blood sacrifice. Mark in on your calendar and remember to check the date.

Something is coming, and I can feel it building. While I would hope that nothing happens, I just don’t think this is one April 19th date that will be missed by those that use such dates for sinister and evil purposes. Satanist are real and they do not hide their larger crimes that occur on key dates because to promote what they have done, gives them a form of power that only Satanist or even those that worship the Dark Lord Lucifer can begin to understand.

Thanks for taking the time to read this thread.
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread556094/pg1

19 + 19 + 19 + 19 = 76

 

7 + 6 = 13

http://forthtell.blogspot.com/2013/05/channeling-19.html?

 

19 (number) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
19 /ˈnaɪntiːn/.

Mathematics
19 is a centered triangular number, centered hexagonal number and a Heegner number.
The only non-trivial normal magic hexagon contains 19 hexagons (the other being 1).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19_(number)

hexagon

You Decide: Hexagram–Star Of David Or Star Of Lucifer?

As far as the Star of David goes, well we will have to agree to disagree. The Star of David is not even attributable to David. It can however be traced back to occultism and is widely known to have been used by Solomon in magic use. The Seal of Solomon is nothing more than a mildly changed Star of David.

Chuck Missler on the Star of David, advance to about 17 minute mark. Go here,http://www.khouse.org/6640/BP068/ and listen to part 5

https://vineoflife.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/you-decide-hexagram-star-of-david-or-star-of-lucifer/

 

Jade Helm: Troops to “Operate Undetected Amongst Civilian Population”

Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!

http://www.infowars.com/jade-helm-troops-to-operate-undetected-amongst-civilian-population/

Jade Helm Way Worse Than You Realize
(Pentagon Using Facebook and Twitter To Map Political Enemies In US)
http://www.infowars.com/jade-helm-way-worse-than-you-realize/

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  1. Bird flu: Netherlands culls 190,000 ducks – BBC News
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38121658

    Duck|Drake|Dragon

    Rev 18:2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

    Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

    https://forthtell.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/angry-birds-in-flu-ebola/

    https://forthtell.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/eabolae/

  2. 19 volcanic eruptions last week: We are within a serious period of volcanic unrest – Strange Sounds
    http://strangesounds.org/2016/11/19-volcanic-eruptions-week-serious-period-volcanic-unrest.html

    Vulcan (mythology) – Wikipedia
    Vulcan (Latin: Volcānus or Vulcānus; pronounced [wɔlˈkaːnʊs], [wʊlˈkaːnʊs]) is the god of fire including the fire of volcanoes, metalworking, and the forge in ancient Roman religion and myth. Vulcan is often depicted with a blacksmith’s hammer.The Vulcanalia was the annual festivalheld August 23 in his honor. His Greek counterpart is Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithery. In Etruscan religion, he is identified with Sethlans.
    Vulcan belongs to the most ancient stage of Roman religion: Varro, the ancient Roman scholar and writer, citing the Annales Maximi, records that king Titus Tatius dedicated altars to a series of deities among which Vulcan is mentioned.
    EtymologyEdit
    The origin of the name is unclear and debated. Roman tradition maintained that it was related to Latin words connected to lightning (fulgur, fulgere, fulmen), which in turn was thought of as related to flames. This interpretation is supported by Walter William Skeat in his etymological dictionary as meaning lustre.
    It has been supposed that his name was not Latin but related to that of the Cretangod Velchanos, a god of nature and the nether world. Wolfgang Meid has refused this identification as phantastic. More recently this etymology has been taken up by Gérard Capdeville who finds a continuity between Cretan Minoan god Velchanos and Etruscan Velchans. The Minoan god’s identity would be that of a young deity, master of fire and companion of the Great Goddess.
    Christian Guyonvarc’h has proposed the identification with the Irish name Olcan(Ogamic Ulccagni, in the genitive). Vasily Abaev compares it with the OsseticWærgon, a variant of the name of Kurdalægon, the smith of the Nart saga. Since the name in its normal form Kurdalægon is stable and has a clear meaning (kurd smith+ on of the family+ Alaeg name of one of the Nartic families), this hypothesis has been considered unacceptable by Dumezil.
    […]
    The theological profile of Velchanos looks identical to that of Jupiter Dolichenus, a god of primarily Hittite ascendence in his identification with the bull[.]
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_(mythology)

    Jupiter (mythology) – Wikipedia
    Jupiter, also Jove (Latin: Iūpiter [ˈjuːpɪtɛr] or Iuppiter [ˈjʊppɪtɛr],[1] gen. Iovis [ˈjɔwɪs]), is the god of sky and thunder and king of the gods in Ancient Roman religion and mythology. Jupiter was the chief deity of Roman state religion throughout the Republican and Imperial eras, until Christianity became the dominant religion of the Empire. In Roman mythology, he negotiates with Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome, to establish principles of Roman religion such as sacrifice.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_(mythology)

  3. Zoo’s 19 Craziest Moments, Including That Time Ants Tried to Blow Up the Hadron Collider
    http://io9.gizmodo.com/zoos-19-craziest-moments-including-that-time-ants-trie-1797213938

    Zoo’s 19 Craziest Moments, Including That Time Ants Tried to Blow Up the Hadron Collider

    Cheryl EddyToday 2:00pm

    A poignant (?) season two moment. All images: CBS
    CBS’s Zoo—about a team of globe-trotting experts battling a catastrophic animal uprising and its aftermath—might be the most insane show on network TV, and it’s only gotten crazier in its current third season. Here are Zoo’s most WTF moments… so far.

    Look, we’re telling you there are spoilers. But, that said, this show is so gloriously weird and off-the-wall nuts that, even if you hadn’t watched Zoo, you should read this list and see what you have been missing.

    19. Wolf jailbreak (Season 1, Episode 3)

    Biologist turned psycho Evan Lee Hartley stabs an entire hunting party to death because the animals told him to—not exactly a defense that holds up in a court of law, especially since at this point in the show, nearly everyone is still in denial that something funky is going on with the world’s animals. Luckily for Evan Lee, he’s sprung from prison by a pack of helpful/vicious wolves, who rip out the throats of guards and prisoners alike, and set the place on fire for good measure.

    18. Kitchen bear (season 1, episode 6)

    Imagine this scenario: home from a long day at work, you pour yourself a glass of wine and start preparing a meal, until… BEAR! BEAR IN THE KITCHEN! And, by the way, you don’t live in a cabin in the mountains. No, you live in a très chic apartment in the middle of Paris. Where the hell did that bear even come from? We learn more in the next episode, but Zoo is totally fine with letting the bizarre encounter weave throughout this episode without any explanation.

    17. Rat queen (season 1, episode 8)

    This episode has more horror-movie elements than usual, as the team pokes around in an abandoned hotel looking for rats that have developed a taste for human flesh. There are homages to Jaws, The Shining, Willard, and The Thing, as well as the absolutely bonkers sight of a “rat queen,” the giant rodent equivalent of a queen bee that can only be exterminated using a flamethrower backpack. Zoo loves to acknowledge its influences—other season one episodes wink at movies like The Birds and Deep Blue Sea—but the hat tips in the rat episode are by far the best.

    16. Elephant pursuit (season 2, episode 2)

    Season one of Zoo always kept one foot in the real world. But in season two, which picks up a year after the animal uprising began, the show began to truly embrace its batshit craziness. While the world’s governments plot mass animal murder (with an iffy plan for rebirth) via the poison gas-dropping “Noah Initiative,” the Zoo team becomes ever-more obsessed with finding a cure, a quest that gets them into many, many tight spots. Like, say, battling the world’s first human mutant—or having to outrun a very pissed-off stampeding elephant and drive into the cargo hold of a plane as it’s about to take off. Classic.

    15. Electric ants (season 2, episode 3)

    The Zoo crew’s crucial government ally, Eleanor, meets a horrible end in her Geneva hotel room when she’s scorched from within by a horde of electrified ants. This is a highly unpleasant way to die, but these very determined Swiss ants have a much bigger plan in mind: making the nearby Large Hadron Collider go boom. In thwarting that attack, a Zoo crew member accidentally swallows one of the little buggers (how? it’s Zoo, that’s how), so everyone else rigs up a DIY electric chair of sorts to zap the ant before it can zap her first.

    14. Earthquake sloth (season 2, episode 4)

    In the world of Zoo, there’s a cute li’l sloth capable of emitting a potent sound that’s just the right frequency to cause earthquakes. (Note: specific animals that are mixed up in the rage-causing mutation have a genetic code that causes environmental disturbances; we also meet jellyfish that can cause hurricanes, a lizard that stays frozen in Miami, and a big cat that can make an island expand its land mass, among others. As with all things Zoo, you must accept this at face value and move on.) Somehow, this turns into the team crawling through tunnels carved by cunningly coordinated teams of moles—only to come face-to-face with the snapping jaws of an alligator, because of course there’s also an angry alligator roaming around for no apparent reason.

    13. Snake invasion (season 2, episode 5)

    “Hi! I’m a snake who seems to have lost its way, popping out of this otherwise kindly character’s windpipe to provide Zoo’s most terrifying image to date!”

    12. “The feeding” (season 2, episode 5)

    The show’s uncharacteristically tedious “lost in the woods” subplot finally pays off when wayward Zoo team member Jamie Campbell finally stumbles her way to civilization—only to realize the seemingly nice people who’ve taken her in plan to sacrifice her to the local bears as part of their weird, Wicker Man-ish protection ritual.

    11. Back from the dead (season 2, episode 6)

    Though this episode contains an extremely creepy-crawly sequence in which the team battles a barrage of highly venomous spiders (after striking a deal with a sleazy “venom dealer,” as you do), its most shocking moment comes at the very end. Zoo team member Jackson Oz’s father, Dr. Robert Oz—a brilliant-yet-mad scientist who had a big hand in the animal uprising, and whom everyone believes committed suicide two years ago—is alive. ALIIIIIVE! And he’s been working up some even weirder science in his absence.

    10. Mama drama (season 2, episode 9)

    Soon after we learn that Jackson’s dad has been continuing his morally murky research after faking his death, we learn the fate of Jackson’s mother: she’s become a bloodthirsty mutant. Though Zoo first showed us a human mutant in season two’s second episode, this instance is far more sinister, foreshadowing what’ll also happen to Jackson unless the team can find a way to cure him. Also, the show makes the (formerly kindly) Dr. Elizabeth Oz look and act way scarier than the dude we met in episode two. She’s basically a superhuman zombie, with apex predator vibes so powerful that entire prides of lions sprint to get out of her way.

    9. Canary chase (season 2, episode 10)

    In which Zoo crew members Abraham Kenyatta and Mitch Morgan track down the increasingly erratic Jackson, by, uh, speeding the way they think he went and making hairpin turns based on the directional squawks of a freaked-out pet canary. “He’s trying to fly left, so… we’ll go right!” Does it work? Of course it does. It’s Zoo.

    8. Gorilla rampage (season 2, episode 11)

    At this point in the show, rogue animal attacks have become pretty uncommon as humankind has gotten wiser about what it’s up against. But all bets are off when a sinister military leader needs to sabotage a crucial vote by unleashing a furious beast that’s only slightly smaller than King Kong.

    7. “Logan” (season 2, episode 13)

    Logan—the sorta-hottie that Jamie meets in the wilderness, who is actually a back-stabbing mercenary targeting the Zoo crew, and who survives falling out of a plane before redeeming himself in the end—isn’t really named Logan, but he calls himself that because he’s obsessed with Wolverine. (You just know that a Zoo writer somewhere was like, “Get it? Because Wolverine is a mutant!” and everyone thought that was a terribly clever idea.)

    6. Under his eye (season 2, episode 13)

    In the exposition-heavy season finale, the team endures some massive ups and downs. Mostly downs. Though they’ve managed to formulate a cure (saving Jackson from his mother’s fate), they fail to prevent the Noah Initiative gas from being released. The cure saves the beasts from mass extinction just in time, but there are still a pair of “fuck yous” from beyond the grave from Dr. Robert Oz—who’s really dead this time—and his scientific posse, known as the Shepherds. First, they’ve created a population of hulking, venomous hybrid animals seemingly bred only to kill humans. And also… thanks to that gas, humankind is now infertile.

    5. Back from the dead again (season 3, episode 1)

    We learned at the very end of season two that Zoo’s sarcastic scientist (and, let’s face it, best character) Mitch may have survived the hybrid attack he suffered while being a hero and saving the rest of the team amid all that Noah Initiative crap. In this episode—which picks up right where season two left off, 10 years into a dystopian future where regular animals are normal again, but no human babies are born and hybrids have infiltrated North America—we get proof. He’s alive, but barely, and his circumstances are rather grim: he’s in Siberia floating in a stasis tank, covered in scars, and rocking a seriously epic beard.

    4. Kiddie round-up (season 3, episode 2)

    Turns out the brave new terrifying world still has a place for biotech company Reiden Global, the key foe of season one, which somehow made it through the PR disaster of nearly causing the apocalypse. And it hasn’t gotten any less evil over the past decade; its latest scheme involves trying to cure the world’s fertility crisis by rounding up the few remaining children—including Abe’s son, Isaac, one of the last babies born in the wake of the mass sterilization. What is Reiden gonna do to the kids? It’s safe to say nothing good.

    3. DIY brain surgery (season 3, episode 3)

    After he’s rescued by his now-adult daughter Clementine and his sorta-flame Jamie, Mitch can tell something’s not right in his head—so he guides the women through a little in-flight DIY brain surgery. (A power drill is involved.) Things get even freakier when they discover he’s got a “bio-drive” implanted in his grey matter. Even working at a diminished capacity, Mitch is immediately ready for what’s next: “Land the plane, and I need you to get me four items: a car battery, some commercial-grade velcro, lollipops, and a pig.” Unfortunately, they learn that removing the drive will erase Mitch’s memory… but leaving it in will eventually kill him.

    2. Abigail’s freaky manifesto (season 3, episode 4)

    The season three big bad is Abigail, the sister Jackson never knew he had. Sure. She inherited all of Dr. Robert Oz’s fuck-humankind tendencies, with an extra helping of violence; we learn she’s the diabolical terrorist who’s been setting off not only bombs, but also beacons that attract slaughter-happy hybrids to populated areas. When confronted by Mitch as she’s about to summon a hoard of flying monsters (which are, by the by, capable of creating exploding volcanoes) to the middle of New York City, they have this exchange:

    Abigail: “You’re bound by the edicts of the old order, but I’m going beyond. Beyond the constraints of this planet, beyond the regime of humanity, beyond the concept of life as you understand it. I’m going to create a new world, and I’m bringing my hybrids with me.”

    Mitch: “So, you’re like an evil queen in a cartoon movie.”

    Pretty much, Mitch. Pretty much.

    1. Speaking of volcanos (season 3, episode 5)

    The most recent episode saw Jamie’s secret prisoner escape from his cell on the Zoo team’s plane and run to the cargo bay, where he has the very bad fortune to hide in the exact vehicle that the team decides they need to fling into one of those hybrid-created volcanos. (It’s… a long story.) This could be the craziest thing that has ever happened on Zoo, in an episode which also reveals yet another new kind of hybrid that can not only speak, but also psychically intuit Jackson’s name—but it’s only episode five. At this point, literally anything is possible.

    Zoo airs Thursday nights on CBS.

  4. Malia Obama dances widly at Lollapalooza in Chicago | Daily Mail Online
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764352/Malia-Obama-dances-widly-Lollapalooza-Chicago.html

    Dance like no one’s watching! Bizarre moment Malia Obama, 19, rolls around on the ground and wildly pounds the earth as she listens to The Killers at Lollapalooza

    Malia was caught on camera dancing up a storm on Friday night during the set
    She rolled around on the grass at one point and banged her head to the music
    Reportedly spent most of the set backstage with friends before going to dance
    Last year made headlines for allegedly smoking a joint at the popular festival
    Malia seemed to be blowing off steam before her Harvard classes start in the fall
    With classes at Harvard starting in just a few short weeks, Malia Obama is making sure to end her gap year in style.

    The former First Daughter was caught on video letting her hair down and dancing up a storm while The Killers performed at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

    Video obtained by TMZ shows Malia and a gal pal dancing wildly as the Las Vegas rock band played its hits during the headlining set on Friday night.

    This isn’t the first time Malia has been spotted enjoying herself while out in public with her friends.

    The 19-year-old was videotaped last year at the festival twerking and grinding while listening to rapper Bryson Tiller.

    Malia Obama goes crazy dancing at lollapalooza

    Malia Obama was caught on video letting her hair down and dancing up a storm while the killers performed at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago Malia Obama was caught on video letting her hair down and dancing up a storm while the killers performed at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago
    Malia Obama was caught on video letting her hair down and dancing up a storm while the killers performed at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago
    The former First Daughter was headbanging to the Las Vegas band over the weekend The former First Daughter was headbanging to the Las Vegas band over the weekend
    The former First Daughter was headbanging to the Las Vegas band over the weekend
    Footage later captured Malia writhing and rolling on the grass as she danced to the music Footage later captured Malia writhing and rolling on the grass as she danced to the music
    Footage later captured Malia writhing and rolling on the grass as she danced to the music
    Malia was seen rocking out during a guitar and drum session during The Killers’ headlining set Malia was seen rocking out during a guitar and drum session during The Killers' headlining set
    Malia was seen rocking out during a guitar and drum session during The Killers’ headlining set
    Malia’s friend throws herself to the ground while Obama’s daughter jokingly pretends to play the drums, matching her moves with the music.

    She then helps her friend up before they turn to watch the rest of the show, but the party was far from over.

    Footage later captured Malia taking her turn to writhe and roll on the grass, thrashing around before headbanging and pounding the ground during a guitar riff.

    Malia and her friends reportedly spent most of their time backstage during The Killers set, before going to the grassy area to dance.

    Social media has been quick to defend the teenager for letting loose and having fun with her friends.

    She was happily thrashing about and putting on a show for her friends during the performance She was happily thrashing about and putting on a show for her friends during the performance
    She was happily thrashing about and putting on a show for her friends during the performance
    Malia and her friends were reportedly backstage for most of the set but then decided to go to the grass area to dance Malia and her friends were reportedly backstage for most of the set but then decided to go to the grass area to dance
    Malia and her friends were reportedly backstage for most of the set but then decided to go to the grass area to dance
    The Las Vegas rock band put on an epic performance at the festival, with lead vocals by frontman Brandon Flowers (pictured) The Las Vegas rock band put on an epic performance at the festival, with lead vocals by frontman Brandon Flowers (pictured)
    The Las Vegas rock band put on an epic performance at the festival, with lead vocals by frontman Brandon Flowers (pictured)
    Twitter user @Blvck_Picvsso wrote: ‘Malia Obama is doing what you supposed to do at an concert: HAVE FUN.’

    Another said: ‘This Malia Obama thing is being taken way out of context. She’s dancing to The KILLERS! I would still be rolling on that floor…’

    Some called for people to stop secretly filming the former first daughter in order to profit off of her.

    @JassyBravo tweeted: ‘Malia Obama having a great time like normal people but the problem is she will always be recorded but who is her friends tho ?’

    Another user added: ‘Malia Obama is living her best life. people need to stop recording & making money off her and let that girl live.’

    Social media was quick to defend the teenager for letting loose and having fun with her friends Social media was quick to defend the teenager for letting loose and having fun with her friends
    Social media was quick to defend the teenager for letting loose and having fun with her friends




    Malia is starting at Harvard University in the fall after taking a gap year following her high school graduation Malia is starting at Harvard University in the fall after taking a gap year following her high school graduation
    Malia is starting at Harvard University in the fall after taking a gap year following her high school graduation
    This isn’t the first time Malia’s moves at Lollapalooza have landed her in the headlines.

    Last year a video popped up of Malia twerking with friends during a performance at the festival.

    The high school graduate was criticized for skipping Hillary Clinton’s historic speech at the Democratic National Convention to attend the event in her hometown.

    Another video allegedly showed Obama’s eldest puffing on a suspicious cigarette during the festival.

    The brief clip, published by Radar, shows the teenager mingling with crowds as she takes a drag.

    An eyewitness insisted she was smoking marijuana, the tabloid site reported.

    Last year at the festival, she was spotted twerking and grinding with friends Last year at the festival, she was spotted twerking and grinding with friends
    Last year at the festival, she was spotted twerking and grinding with friends
    The group of girls were listening to rapper Bryson Tiller The group of girls were listening to rapper Bryson Tiller
    The group of girls were listening to rapper Bryson Tiller
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    Footage also showed Malia dancing with one of her friends, who took their own moves to the ground during the show Footage also showed Malia dancing with one of her friends, who took their own moves to the ground during the show
    Footage also showed Malia dancing with one of her friends, who took their own moves to the ground during the show
    Malia was happy to play along with her friend’s antics Malia was happy to play along with her friend's antics
    Malia was happy to play along with her friend’s antics
    Malia then pretended to play the drums on her friend, matching her hands to the music Malia then pretended to play the drums on her friend, matching her hands to the music
    Malia then pretended to play the drums on her friend, matching her hands to the music
    She then helped lift her friend off the ground so that they could continue to dance She then helped lift her friend off the ground so that they could continue to dance
    She then helped lift her friend off the ground so that they could continue to dance
    Right-wing pundits had a field day with the videos, hitting out at everything from Malia’s character to Obama’s parenting skills.

    But the Ivy League student had the last laugh a month later, trolling her critics by wearing a homemade shirt with ‘Smoking Kills’ written across the front in marker.

    Malia has been enjoying her last few months before starting at Harvard, including wrapping up a internship with producer Harvey Weinstein in New York.

    She apparently made quite a good impression at her job because Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry had nothing but good things to say about her.

    Malia worked as one of the production assistants on the 50-year-old’s CBS sci-fi TV show Extant.

    ‘She was fantastic,’ Halle said of Malia Obama this week on Watch What Happens Live. ‘She was amazing. She is such a smart, beautiful young woman.’

    ‘She was amazing’: Halle Berry said on Watch What Happens Live this week that Malia Obama ‘was fantastic’ when she was a production assistant on Halle’s CBS show Extant 'She was amazing': Halle Berry said on Watch What Happens Live this week that Malia Obama 'was fantastic' when she was a production assistant on Halle's CBS show Extant
    ‘She was amazing’: Halle Berry said on Watch What Happens Live this week that Malia Obama ‘was fantastic’ when she was a production assistant on Halle’s CBS show Extant
    ‘She was amazing’: Halle Berry said on Watch What Happens Live this week that Malia Obama ‘was fantastic’ when she was a production assistant on Halle’s CBS show Extant 'She was amazing': Halle Berry said on Watch What Happens Live this week that Malia Obama 'was fantastic' when she was a production assistant on Halle's CBS show Extant
    ‘She was amazing’: Halle Berry said on Watch What Happens Live this week that Malia Obama ‘was fantastic’ when she was a production assistant on Halle’s CBS show Extant
    They turned to the stage to continue watching the headlining set on Friday night They turned to the stage to continue watching the headlining set on Friday night
    They turned to the stage to continue watching the headlining set on Friday night
    Halle told host Andy Cohen to ‘look who her mother and her father are, so, duh,’ meaning then-President Barack Obama and then-First Lady Michelle Obama.

    Andy asked: ‘Was that kinda wild?’ to which Halle said: ‘It was kinda wild,’ and Andy prodded: ‘Were you like: ‘”Will you get me a coffee?”‘, putting on a timid voice.

    Halle got in on the joke as well, saying in a similar sheepish voice: ‘”Could we call your dad or your mom?”‘ before, now in regular voice, adding: ‘Yeah, I was such a huge fan of hers. She was amazing,’ said Halle of the now 19-year-old Malia.

    Toni Collette, sitting next to Halle, inquired: ‘So, she pulled her weight on set?’ and Halle replied: ‘Yeah, she was down to do whatever a PA is asked to do, and I had wild respect for her for that,’ with Toni concurring: ‘Yeah, I think that’s amazing.’

    Halle did recall that ‘everybody couldn’t really see her as a PA. Although she tried and tried to be one, we just couldn’t really see her as one, but to her credit, she tried very hard to be one,’ the Kidnap star explained before the subject changed.

    This Twitter user claims that his father was seated nearby the former first daughter as she was flying to Chicago for the festival This Twitter user claims that his father was seated nearby the former first daughter as she was flying to Chicago for the festival
    This Twitter user claims that his father was seated nearby the former first daughter as she was flying to Chicago for the festival
    When Malia heads off to Harvard, she’ll be following in her parents’ footsteps for enrolling at the Ivy League university.

    Malia visited at least a dozen public and private colleges during her search, mostly on the East Coast. Six of the eight Ivies were among them, including her parents’ alma maters.

    Although it is not yet known what she plans to study in school, Malia is an aspiring filmmaker, with several internships under her belt already.

    The president is a 1983 graduate of Columbia University, and Mrs Obama graduated from Princeton in 1985.

    They both earned law degrees at Harvard.

    Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988 and was there for two years.

    Michelle Robinson, as she was then known, went on to earn her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.

    Obama has spoken publicly about dreading the day when Malia leaves for college, and the decision for Malia to take a gap year kept her closer to home as her family prepares for the major transition.

  5. China earthquake: Death toll jumps to 19; another quake of 6.6 magnitude injures three in Xinjiang
    http://www.firstpost.com/world/china-earthquake-death-toll-jumps-to-19-another-quake-of-6-6-magnitude-injures-three-in-xinjiang-3911125.html

    China earthquake: Death toll jumps to 19; another quake of 6.6 magnitude injures three in Xinjiang

    Beijing: At least 19 people were killed and about 250 others injured in the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake that jolted a mountainous region in China’s southwest Sichuan province on Wednesday with rescuers racing against time to find survivors buried in the rubble.

    The massive temblor that struck the popular tourist destination last night was followed by another quake of 6.6-magnitude in the Xinjiang province this morning in which at least three persons were injured.

    The massive earthquake in Sichuan struck at 9:19 pm (local time) on Tuesday and the epicentre was monitored at a depth of 20 km, state-run Xinhua new agency reported.

    File image of the earthquake that occurred in China on Tuesday.Reuters
    File image of the earthquake that occurred in China on Tuesday. Reuters

    Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, is a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations. More than 34,000 people visited the tourist attraction on Tuesday.

    The death toll in the quake in Sichuan has risen to 19, with 247 injured, including 40 seriously, local authorities said.

    The injured included a French man and a Canadian woman.

    Maxence Vallon, 18, was wounded in both legs; while the Canadian woman, who declined to be named, suffered a slight injury in the head, the report said. Both were being treated at a hospital of Jiuzhaigou County.

    The exact number of casualties of foreign nationals in the disaster was not immediately known.

    “We were lying on an open ground to seek shelter when a big stone fell and hit my brother right in the leg,” said Romain Vallon, who studies in Beijing.

    The brothers were staying in a hotel with their mother in Jiuzhaigou when the quake struck.

    Five among the dead were visitors to the Jiuzhaigou national park, China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC) said.

    So far 31,500 tourists have been relocated.

    Tourist coaches and private vehicles have been pressed into service to help transport the stranded tourists.

    Power, communication and water supply in the county seat have been restored.

    So far the Jiuzhaigou county has dispatched more than 90 emergency vehicles and 1,200 personnel for the rescue work. The county also sent consultants to hotels, rural inns and streets to offer possible counselling service to tourists.

    The quake was felt in the provincial capital Chengdu, about 300 kilometres south of the epicentre, and other regions in the neighbouring provinces of Gansu and Shaanxi, the report said.

    President Xi Jinping has called for all-out efforts to rapidly organise relief work and rescue the injured people.

    Authorities should check the impact of the earthquake, evacuate and settle visitors and local people, and reduce death and injuries as much as possible, Xi said.

    As the earthquake took place during the flood period and tourism season, authorities should enhance meteorological early warning and geological monitoring to guard against other disasters and try their best to protect people’s lives and property, he added.

    Premier Li Keqiang also urged local authorities to go all out in relief and monitoring work.

    China’s cabinet, the State Council, has sent a national work team to the disaster-hit area to guide relief work. Local governments have also activated top-level emergency response procedures.

    The Western Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which oversees Sichuan province, upgraded aviation traffic control in the quake zone last night to make way for rescue mission flights, the PLA Daily reported.

    Relief aid will be dropped in the quake zone by transport aircraft.

    The province’s paramilitary police have also sent out forces with life detecting equipment to search for survivors who may be buried under rubble, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

    All three of the country’s major telecommunications firms have sent technicians to the quake zone to fix damaged networks.

    Shen Ji, director of the provincial health and family planning commission, said more than 30 ambulances and over 500 health personnel had gone to the affected areas.

    The disease control and prevention centre has sent a team to assess health risks and prevent epidemics.

    A 200-member health aid team from neighbouring Gansu province is standing by.

    Staff and pandas at the nearby China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda were unaffected.

    Wang Zhibin, a police officer in Jiuzhaigou, said falling rocks and landslides had blocked roads, which were largely cleared by 5 am.

    Rescuers were struggling to reach eight seriously injured people, trapped in debris. Falling rocks brought by aftershocks have hampered their efforts.

    At around 6 am, the first emergency rescue flight carrying a team of nearly 100 arrived at the Jiuzhai-Huanglong Airport, the transportation hub for relief work.

    The National Earthquake Response Support Service sent two light helicopters carrying seismologists, medicine and relief goods to Jiuzhai Valley.

    Wednesday, Xinhua reporters saw tourists sitting in front of their hotels, wrapped in quilts. A tourist, surnamed Liu, said that they had stayed up all night. The Tibetan hotel owner gave all quilts and blankets in the hotel to the tourists and lit a bonfire to keep them warm, Liu said.

    The disaster reduction centre of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, based on a preliminary assessment, predicted that 24,000 rooms have collapsed or been severely damaged.

    Sichuan is a quake-prone region. In May 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan and killed more than 80,000 people. In 2013, a 7.0-magnitude quake hit Lushan, in which 196 people were killed.

    In 2013, a 7.0-magnitude quake hit Lushan, in which 196 people were killed.

    The second quake struck China’s Xinjiang province.

    Three villagers were rushed to hospital after their home collapsed in a 6.6-magnitude earthquake that jolted Jinghe County in Bortala Mongolian autonomous prefecture in Xinjiang province, Xinhua reported.

    Many residents in Jinghe County said strong tremors were felt at the time of the quake.

    Wang Xinjiang, a local resident, said his families were woken up by the continuous jolts while household articles fell from high places when the quake came. Many residents ran out of their homes to open places.

    People in neighbouring cities of Urumqi, Changji, Yining and Karamay felt strong tremors that lasted 10 to 20 seconds at the time of the quake.

    The quake struck at a depth of 11 kilometres, the CENC said in a statement.

    The epicentre was 37 kilometres from Jinghe County seat, 93 kilometres from the prefectural capital of Bole city, and 383 kms from Urumqi.

    According to the data analysis of mobile population carried out by the regional government, about 760 people were within 20 kilometres of the epicentre, and about 53,000 were within the 50-km range.

    Both the state and regional earthquake administrations have activated emergency responses and sent working teams to assist earthquake relief operations.

    Jinghe county has a population of about 150,000 based on the 2014 census. A total of 65 quakes greater than magnitude three were recorded within 200 kms of the epicentre over the past five years, with the current one the greatest.

    Published Date: Aug 09, 2017 04:08 pm | Updated Date: Aug 09, 2017 04:08 pm

  6. 19 Crimes | Vintage
    The men on our labels are not those of fiction. They were flesh and blood. Criminals and scholars. In history, they share a bond — receiving “punishment by transportation.” It could have shattered their spirits. It didn’t. Today, we toast those men and the principles they lived by.

    THE 19 Crimes
    Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by “transportation” began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited. As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick. This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built.
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  7. Donald Trump’s 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech – CNNPolitics
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/23/politics/donald-trump-arizona/index.html

    Donald Trump’s 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech

    Cops throw gas canisters, protesters throw them back
    (CNN)President Donald Trump went to Arizona on Tuesday night and delivered what has now become a trademark speech: Full of invective, victimhood and fact-free retellings of recent historical events.

    I went through the transcript of Trump’s speech — all 77 minutes — and picked out his 57 most outrageous lines, in chronological order. They’re below.

    1. “And just so you know from the Secret Service, there aren’t too many people outside protesting, OK. That I can tell you.”

    This is, literally, the first line of his speech. Trump is obsessed with the idea that the opposition to him is overstated while the support for him is understated. (They won’t turn the cameras around and show the size of my crowds!) CNN’s Saba Hamedy, who was on the scene of the protests, said that thousands of people were on the streets of Phoenix.
    Cops throw gas canisters, protesters throw them back
    Cops throw gas canisters, protesters throw them back
    Cops throw gas canisters, protesters throw them back 01:19
    2. “A lot of people in here, a lot of people pouring right now. They can get them in. Whatever you can do, fire marshals, we’ll appreciate it.”

    So many people love me — it’s hard to fit them all in the building! But, try!

    3. “You know I’d love it if the cameras could show this crowd, because it is rather incredible. It is incredible.”

    For the record: The cameras always show the crowd. Have for months and years.

    4. “We went to center stage almost from day one in the debates. We love those debates.”

    The election ended 287 days ago, as of last night.

    5. “Our movement is a movement built on love.”

    Trump on the rampage in Arizona
    Trump on the rampage in Arizona
    For a second, you might have been tricked into thinking that Trump was going to return to the message of unity and justice he laid out at the start of his Afghanistan speech on Monday night. Spoiler alert: He wasn’t.
    6. “We all share the same home, the same dreams and the same hopes for a better future. A wound inflicted upon one member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all.”

    The second sentence of this is verbatim from his speech on Monday. But as the rest of Trump’s speech shows, these are just words to him. He reads them but doesn’t understand them. Or believe them.
    7. “I see all those red hats and white hats. It’s all happening very fast. It’s called: ‘Make America Great Again.'”

    Trump conflates a call to unity and an end to divisiveness with supporting him. The country is coming together because lots of people at a campaign rally have “MAGA” hats on!

    8. “Just like (the media doesn’t) want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the White Supremacists, and the KKK.”

    [narrator voice]: He didn’t.
    9. “So here is my first statement when I heard about Charlottesville — and I have a home in Charlottesville, a lot of people don’t know.”

    Follow this logic: The media says I didn’t condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlotteville. I did — because I have a house there, which many people don’t know.

    10. “So here’s what I said, really fast, here’s what I said on Saturday: ‘We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia’ — this is me speaking. ‘We condemn in the strongest, possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.’ That’s me speaking on Saturday.”

    This is what he actually said (italics/bolding mine): “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”

    Which is not the same thing. At all.

    11. “I think I can’t do much better, right?”

    No, you could have done much, much better. Just ask your own party — the vast majority of which condemned your Charlottesville comments. Also, Trump is always doing great!

    12. “I hope they’re showing how many people are in this room, but they won’t”

    [narrator voice]: They were.

    Trump: Media trying to take away our heritage
    Trump: Media trying to take away our heritage
    Trump: Media trying to take away our heritage 01:13
    13. “I call them anarchists. Because, believe me, we have plenty of anarchists. They don’t want to talk about the anarchists.”

    Believe me, I know anarchists. The best anarchists. Bigly.

    14. “If you’re reading a story about somebody, you don’t know. You assume it’s honest, because it’s like the failing New York Times, which is like so bad. It’s so bad.”

    I have no idea what Trump’s point is here. But MAN, the New York Times is failing, right?!?!?

    15. “Or the Washington Post, which I call a lobbying tool for Amazon, OK, that’s a lobbying tool for Amazon.”

    Amazon doesn’t own the Washington Post. Jeff Bezos does.

    16. “Or CNN, which is so bad and so pathetic, and their ratings are going down.”

    I’ll just leave this here.
    17. “I mean, CNN is really bad, but ABC this morning — I don’t watch it much, but I’m watching in the morning, and they have little George Stephanopoulos talking to Nikki Haley, right? Little George.”

    A few things: 1. Trump watches TV constantly. 2. “Little George”: Trump as bully-in-chief.

    18. “I didn’t say I love you because you’re black, or I love you because you’re white, or I love you because you’re from Japan, or you’re from China, or you’re from Kenya, or you’re from Scotland or Sweden. I love all the people of our country.”

    Interesting that he name-checked Kenya here.
    19. “How about — how about all week they’re talking about the massive crowds that are going to be outside. Where are they? Well, it’s hot out. It is hot. I think it’s too warm.”

    It was warm! (105 or so.) But, again, multiple media reports — including CNN’s — show that there were thousands of protesters.

    20. “You know, they show up in the helmets and the black masks, and they’ve got clubs and they’ve got everything — Antifa!”

    My favorite line of the speech — especially “Antifa!” which Trump shouts. (Also, you must watch this until the end. Trust me.)
    21. “Then I said, racism is evil. Do they report that I said that racism is evil?”

    [narrator voice]: They did.
    22. “Now they only choose, you know, like a half a sentence here or there and then they just go on this long rampage, or they put on these real lightweights all around a table that nobody ever heard of, and they all say what a bad guy I am.”

    This was the second paragraph of CNN’s story about Trump’s August 14 statement on Charlottesville:
    “Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said in response to the attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

    23. “But, I mean do you ever see anything — and then you wonder why CNN is doing relatively poorly in the ratings”

    See #16.

    24. “But with me, they wanted me to say it, and I said it. And I said it very clearly, but they refused to put it on.”

    The issue was that Trump said — on Saturday, August 12, and then again on Tuesday, August 15 — that the violence and hate on display in Charlottesville was “on many sides” and then that “both sides” were responsible for it. And, the news media didn’t condemn Trump for that; it was his own party who did that.

    25. “I hit him with neo-Nazi. I hit them with everything. I got the white supremacists, the neo-Nazi. I got them all in there, let’s say. KKK, we have KKK. I got them all.”

    This is revealing in a way Trump doesn’t mean it to be. He views the naming of the KKK and the neo-Nazis who were responsible for this violence as a box-checking exercise. I said their names — so what’s the problem?! (Of course,Trump didn’t call out these groups in his initial statement on Saturday, which was the problem.)

    26. “So then the last one, on Tuesday — Tuesday I did another one: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.’

    Trump was actually quoting from his Saturday remarks in these Tuesday comments. And, in that same August 15 press conference, he said this: “I think there’s blame on both sides. You look at — you look at both sides. I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either.”
    27. “So that was my words.”

    Over 2,000 of them in fact. All dedicated to rewriting what he actually said about Charlottesville.

    28. “Now, you know, I was a good student. I always hear about the elite. You know, the elite. They’re elite? I went to better schools than they did. I was a better student than they were. I live in a bigger, more beautiful apartment, and I live in the White House, too, which is really great.”

    Always remember this fundamental truth about Trump: He has always felt like the guy on the outside looking in, the guy people wouldn’t accept in their social circles and wouldn’t let into their club. Stuffing it in all of their faces is the primal motivation for everything in his life. Hence all the bragging about what he has and what he’s done. Related: Trump and Ric Flair have a lot in common — including the hair.
    29. “The words were perfect. They only take out anything they can think of, and for the most part, all they do is complain. But they don’t put on those words. And they don’t put on me saying those words.”

    Trump is not sorry. Not ever. He has convinced himself that what he said initially about Charlottesville was “perfect.” And, I realize this may be getting repetitive, but the media reported every word Trump said about Charlottesville. Period. The end.

    30. “And yes, by the way — and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. You see that.”

    This is demagogic language from Trump about the media. “They” are trying to rob us of “our history and our heritage.” You don’t have to look very hard to see racial and ethnic coding in that language.

    31. “I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that.”

    Trump’s claim that the media doesn’t “like” America is hugely offensive. Offensive and dangerous. Imagine ANY other president saying anything close to this — and what the reaction would be.

    32. “Look back there, the live red lights. They’re turning those suckers off fast out there. They’re turning those lights off fast.”

    [narrator voice]: They weren’t.
    33. “CNN does not want its falling viewership to watch what I’m saying tonight, I can tell you.”

    See #16.

    34. “If I don’t have social media, I probably would not be standing.”

    Same.

    35. “They’ll say, ‘Donald Trump is in a Twitter-storm.’ These are sick people.”

    Your guess is as good as mine.

    36. “You would think — you would think they’d want to make our country great again, and I honestly believe they don’t. I honestly believe it.”
    The media, in Trump’s telling, is rooting against the country. Let me say again: Rhetoric like this is offensive, dishonest and dangerous.

    37. “The New York Times essentially apologized after I won the election, because their coverage was so bad, and it was so wrong, and they were losing so many subscribers that they practically apologized.”

    [narrator voice] They didn’t.
    38. “I must tell you, Fox has treated me fairly. Fox treated me fairly.”

    “I am watching two clown announcers on @FoxNews as they try to build up failed presidential candidate #LittleMarco. Fox News is in the bag!” — Donald Trump, March 2016
    39. “How good is Hannity? How good is Hannity? And he’s a great guy, and he’s an honest guy. And ‘Fox and Friends in the Morning’ is the best show, and it’s the absolute, most honest show, and it’s the show I watch.”

    Simple truth: Trump likes Hannity and “Fox and Friends” because they say nice things about him. He likes people who like him.
    40. “Oh, those cameras are going off. Wow. That’s the one thing, they’re very nervous to have me on live television.”

    [narrator voice] They weren’t. And, they aren’t.
    41. “I’m a person that wants to tell the truth. I’m an honest person, and what I’m saying, you know is exactly right.”

    According to the Washington Post, Trump has made more than 1,000 misstatements since being sworn in as president on January 20.
    42. “You’ve got people outside, but not very many.”

    He is obsessed with crowd size. Obsessed.

    43. “So, was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?”

    He was actually convicted for contempt of court after refusing to stop his long-running targeting of Hispanics.
    44. “He should have had a jury, but you know what? I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s going to be just fine, OK?”

    The “pardon” tease! Make sure to stay tuned for next week’s episode!

    45. “It was like 115 degrees. I’m out signing autographs for an hour. I was there. That was a hot day.”

    It was hot. But I am still very popular. Extremely popular. Believe me.

    (And for what it’s worth, CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak emails: “It was 106 degrees and he spent no more than 25 minutes shaking hands.”)

    46. “But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”

    “Let me say it again, no more government shutdowns.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, August 2015
    47. “‘Extreme vetting’ — I came up with that term.”

    …he says proudly.

    48. “And we have to speak to Mitch and we have to speak to everybody.”

    Trump hasn’t spoken to McConnell in weeks.
    Trump taunts McCain over health care voteTrump taunts McCain over health care vote
    Trump taunts McCain over health care vote 01:23

    49. “But, you know, they all said, Mr. President, your speech was so good last night, please, please, Mr. President don’t mention any names. So I won’t. I won’t. No I won’t vote — one vote away, I will not mention any names. Very presidential, isn’t’ it? Very presidential.”

    This is Trump taking a shot at John McCain, who is currently battling brain cancer, for voting against the repeal and replace health care legislation. It’s also Trump showing how closely he reads press coverage and how he likes to openly flout suggestions of being more “presidential.”

    50. “And nobody wants me to talk about your other senator, who’s weak on borders, weak on crime, so I won’t talk about him. Nobody wants me to talk about him. Nobody knows who the hell he is.”

    Jeff Flake is a sitting Republican senator. Trump is running him down in his home state at a campaign rally less than a week removed from touting one of his primary challengers on Twitter.

    51. “Did you see Gruber got fired yesterday? He got fired because he defrauded somebody or something. Something very bad happened. Check it out. Something happened.”

    Jonathan Gruber didn’t get “fired.” The Vermont attorney general’s office settled a case with him after a two-plus year investigation into whether he had committed billing fraud.
    52. “One vote — speak to your senator, please. Speak to your senator.”

    McCain cast one of the deciding votes on health care. But he’s not going to name names!
    53. “I think we’ve gotten more than anybody, including Harry Truman, who was number one, but they will tell you we’ve got none.”

    This claim is — wait for it — not entirely true.
    Trump believes Kim Jong Un respects US
    Trump believes Kim Jong Un respects US
    Trump believes Kim Jong Un respects US 00:43
    54. “But Kim Jong Un, I respect the fact that I believe he is starting to respect us. I respect that fact very much. Respect that fact.”

    Respect. That. Fact.

    55. “I don’t believe that any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months. I really don’t believe it.”
    Trump believes that by saying things, he wills them into existence and truth.

    He doesn’t.

    56. “They’re trying to take away our culture. They are trying to take away our history.”

    [dog whistle]

    57. “So I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point, OK? Probably.”
    Way to throw a major policy pronouncement into the end of a speech while negotiations are ongoing!

  8. [Editor note: 19 reverse is 91; 4+7=11, 91,11]

    Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/scientists-discover-91-volcanos-antarctica

    Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

    This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change

    Robin McKie
    Last modified on Monday 14 August 2017 04.08 EDT
    Unnamed peaks on the west coast of the Antarctic peninsula tower over the harsh Antarctic coast.
    Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica.

    The project, by Edinburgh University researchers, has revealed almost 100 volcanoes – with the highest as tall as the Eiger, which stands at almost 4,000 metres in Switzerland.

    Geologists say this huge region is likely to dwarf that of east Africa’s volcanic ridge, currently rated the densest concentration of volcanoes in the world.

    And the activity of this range could have worrying consequences, they have warned. “If one of these volcanoes were to erupt it could further destabilise west Antarctica’s ice sheets,” said glacier expert Robert Bingham, one of the paper’s authors. “Anything that causes the melting of ice – which an eruption certainly would – is likely to speed up the flow of ice into the sea.

    “The big question is: how active are these volcanoes? That is something we need to determine as quickly as possible.”

    The Edinburgh volcano survey, reported in the Geological Society’s special publications series, involved studying the underside of the west Antarctica ice sheet for hidden peaks of basalt rock similar to those produced by the region’s other volcanoes. Their tips actually lie above the ice and have been spotted by polar explorers over the past century.

    But how many lie below the ice? This question was originally asked by the team’s youngest member, Max Van Wyk de Vries, an undergraduate at the university’s school of geosciences and a self-confessed volcano fanatic. He set up the project with the help of Bingham. Their study involved analysing measurements made by previous surveys, which involved the use of ice-penetrating radar, carried either by planes or land vehicles, to survey strips of the west Antarctic ice.

    The results were then compared with satellite and database records and geological information from other aerial surveys. “Essentially, we were looking for evidence of volcanic cones sticking up into the ice,” Bingham said.

    After the team had collated the results, it reported a staggering 91 previously unknown volcanoes, adding to the 47 others that had been discovered over the previous century of exploring the region.

    These newly discovered volcanoes range in height from 100 to 3,850 metres. All are covered in ice, which sometimes lies in layers that are more than 4km thick in the region. These active peaks are concentrated in a region known as the west Antarctic rift system, which stretches 3,500km from Antarctica’s Ross ice shelf to the Antarctic peninsula.

    “We were amazed,” Bingham said. “We had not expected to find anything like that number. We have almost trebled the number of volcanoes known to exist in west Antarctica. We also suspect there are even more on the bed of the sea that lies under the Ross ice shelf, so that I think it is very likely this region will turn out to be the densest region of volcanoes in the world, greater even than east Africa, where mounts Nyiragongo, Kilimanjaro, Longonot and all the other active volcanoes are concentrated.”

    The discovery is particularly important because the activity of these volcanoes could have crucial implications for the rest of the planet. If one erupts, it could further destabilise some of the region’s ice sheets, which have already been affected by global warming. Meltwater outflows into the Antarctic ocean could trigger sea level rises. “We just don’t know about how active these volcanoes have been in the past,” Bingham said.

    Vast iceberg splits from Antarctic ice shelf
    However, he pointed to one alarming trend: “The most volcanism that is going in the world at present is in regions that have only recently lost their glacier covering – after the end of the last ice age. These places include Iceland and Alaska.

    “Theory suggests that this is occurring because, without ice sheets on top of them, there is a release of pressure on the regions’ volcanoes and they become more active.”

    And this could happen in west Antarctica, where significant warming in the region caused by climate change has begun to affect its ice sheets. If they are reduced significantly, this could release pressure on the volcanoes that lie below and lead to eruptions that could further destabilise the ice sheets and enhance sea level rises that are already affecting our oceans.

    “It is something we will have to watch closely,” Bingham said.

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  9. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals snow dunes | Daily Mail Online
    “The experts say the lava came in from the north-northeast around the crater rim – and when it got high enough, it breached the rim in four places. Three of the falls, in the north-central region of the crater wall, can be seen in the image. The photo shows a glimpse at the northern rim of a 19-mile-wide (30 kilometer) crater”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4821272/The-incredible-snow-dunes-Mars-revealed.html

    The incredible snow dunes of Mars revealed

    By Cheyenne Macdonald For Dailymail.com 18:16 EDT 24 Aug 2017, updated 23:18 EDT 24 Aug 2017

    Image was captured during Martian spring, on May 21, by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera
    In Mars’ northern hemisphere, the snow and ice seen on the dunes is made of carbon dioxide – or, dry ice
    As it reacts to sun, the gas that escapes carries up the dark sand from below, creating ‘beautiful patterns’
    As Martian winter gives way to spring, the snow-covered features on the red planet begin to change form, driven by an influx of sunlight.

    It might sound familiar to the seasonal changes that take place here on Earth – but, in Mars’ northern hemisphere, the snow and ice speckling the landscape is made not of water, but carbon dioxide.

    And, when this ‘dry ice’ is exposed to the sun, it creates remarkable patterns across the surface.

    A stunning new image captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed a look at these features, showing how ice, sand, and gases react to form wave-like designs that ripple across the dunes.

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    It might sound familiar to the seasonal changes that take place here on Earth – but, in Mars’ northern hemisphere, the snow and ice speckling the landscape is made not of water, but carbon dioxide. And, when this ‘dry ice’ is exposed to the sun, it creates remarkable patterns across the surface It might sound familiar to the seasonal changes that take place here on Earth – but, in Mars’ northern hemisphere, the snow and ice speckling the landscape is made not of water, but carbon dioxide. And, when this ‘dry ice’ is exposed to the sun, it creates remarkable patterns across the surface
    It might sound familiar to the seasonal changes that take place here on Earth – but, in Mars’ northern hemisphere, the snow and ice speckling the landscape is made not of water, but carbon dioxide. And, when this ‘dry ice’ is exposed to the sun, it creates remarkable patterns across the surface
    SNOW ON MARS

    As the atmosphere of Mars is cold and thin, water-ice clouds can form despite the limited amount of water vapour compared to Earth.

    But until now, it had been thought that any snow precipitation that fell from these clouds did so as slowly settling particles, rather than in rapid storms.

    A recent atmospheric model, however, revealed that the cooling of water-ice cloud particles during the cold Martian night can create unstable conditions within the cloud, triggering a descending plume of snow.

    These turbulent storms, which can only form at night, act to vigorously mix the atmosphere and, in some places, deposit snow on the surface.

    The image was captured on May 21, 2017 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, according to NASA.

    At this time, spring was underway in the Northern hemisphere.

    ‘Over the winter, snow and ice have inexorably covered the dunes,’ NASA explains. ‘Unlike on Earth, this snow and ice is carbon dioxide, better known to us as dry ice.

    ‘When the sun starts shining on it in the spring, the ice on the smooth surface of the dune cracks and escaping gas carries dark sand out from the dune below, often creating beautiful patterns.

    ‘On the rough surface between the dunes, frost is trapped behind small sheltered ridges.’

    The Martian surface is covered in all sorts of remarkable features that have been brought to light by the spacecraft over recent years.

    Earlier this summer, an infrared image from MRO showed a look at the worm-like fissures blanketing the floor of a mysterious crater on Mars.

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    A stunning infrared image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed the worm-like fissures blanketing the floor of a mysterious crater on Mars. The image shows the spread of features known as ‘ejecta,’ or the material thrown across the surface after an impact A stunning infrared image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed the worm-like fissures blanketing the floor of a mysterious crater on Mars. The image shows the spread of features known as ‘ejecta,’ or the material thrown across the surface after an impact
    A stunning infrared image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed the worm-like fissures blanketing the floor of a mysterious crater on Mars. The image shows the spread of features known as ‘ejecta,’ or the material thrown across the surface after an impact
    WHAT IS EJECTA?

    Ejecta is the material cast across the surface after an impact.

    This can include debris from the impact itself, as well as rock that was kicked up during the event.

    The features also reveal insight on the ‘sometimes exotic subsurface.’

    The image shows the spread of features known as ‘ejecta,’ or the material thrown across the surface after an impact.

    In this view, the breathtaking colours indicate the presence of different rocks and minerals, including iron-rich minerals such as olivine and pyroxene.

    While the blue features represent iron-rich areas, lighter colours such as yellow show where the rock has been altered, NASA explains.

    The image was captured using MRO’s HiRISE instrument.

    The experts say the features seen in this unnamed crater in Mars’ Mare Serpentis region are similar to those seen elsewhere, and can help to shed light on the subsurface materials kicked up after an impact.

    It’s thought that the ejecta seen here comes from two unnamed craters.

    ‘These linear features indicate the flow direction of the ejecta from its unnamed host crater,’ according to NASA.

    In this view, the breathtaking colours indicate the presence of different rocks and minerals, including iron-rich minerals such as olivine and pyroxene. While the blue features represent iron-rich areas, lighter colours such as yellow show where the rock has been altered, NASA explains In this view, the breathtaking colours indicate the presence of different rocks and minerals, including iron-rich minerals such as olivine and pyroxene. While the blue features represent iron-rich areas, lighter colours such as yellow show where the rock has been altered, NASA explains
    In this view, the breathtaking colours indicate the presence of different rocks and minerals, including iron-rich minerals such as olivine and pyroxene. While the blue features represent iron-rich areas, lighter colours such as yellow show where the rock has been altered, NASA explains
    ‘Therefore, if we follow them, we find that they emanate from the bottom of the two unnamed craters.

    ‘If the ejecta had originated from the top crater, then we would expect the linear features at the location of our picture to trend northwest to southeast.’

    Molten rock once flowed along a crater rim in another region – Mars’ Tharsis volcanic province, creating stunning multi-level ‘lava’ falls.

    A breathtaking image captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed the incredible structures left behind, in a region reminiscent of Niagara Falls.

    The experts say the features seen in this unnamed crater in Mars’ Mare Serpentis region are similar to those seen elsewhere, and can help to shed light on the subsurface materials kicked up after an impact The experts say the features seen in this unnamed crater in Mars’ Mare Serpentis region are similar to those seen elsewhere, and can help to shed light on the subsurface materials kicked up after an impact
    The experts say the features seen in this unnamed crater in Mars’ Mare Serpentis region are similar to those seen elsewhere, and can help to shed light on the subsurface materials kicked up after an impact
    The photo shows a glimpse at the northern rim of a 19-mile-wide (30 kilometer) crater, with evidence that a lava flow once surrounded the region until it breached at four separate locations, to cascade down the walls.

    The 3D image was captured by MRO’s Context Camera, according to NASA.

    From this view, the western part of the Tharsis province can be seen.

    The experts say the lava came in from the north-northeast around the crater rim – and when it got high enough, it breached the rim in four places.

     The experts say the lava came in from the north-northeast around the crater rim – and when it got high enough, it breached the rim in four places. Three of the falls, in the north-central region of the crater wall, can be seen in the image. The photo shows a glimpse at the northern rim of a 19-mile-wide (30 kilometer) crater  The experts say the lava came in from the north-northeast around the crater rim – and when it got high enough, it breached the rim in four places. Three of the falls, in the north-central region of the crater wall, can be seen in the image. The photo shows a glimpse at the northern rim of a 19-mile-wide (30 kilometer) crater
    The experts say the lava came in from the north-northeast around the crater rim – and when it got high enough, it breached the rim in four places. Three of the falls, in the north-central region of the crater wall, can be seen in the image. The photo shows a glimpse at the northern rim of a 19-mile-wide (30 kilometer) crater
    The images even reveal a circular flow of now-dried molten lava (pictured) at the base of the feature. The lava once billowed and fanned outward from the crater’s floor The images even reveal a circular flow of now-dried molten lava (pictured) at the base of the feature. The lava once billowed and fanned outward from the crater's floor
    The images even reveal a circular flow of now-dried molten lava (pictured) at the base of the feature. The lava once billowed and fanned outward from the crater’s floor
    Three of the falls, in the north-central region of the crater wall, can be seen in the image.

    This is clear through their rougher appearance than the original features around, which are ‘smooth and knobby.’

    ‘These lava “falls” cascaded down the wall and terraces of the crater to produce a quasi-circular flow deposit,’ according to NASA.

    ‘It seems that the flow were insufficient to fill or even cover the pre-existing deposits of the crater floor.

    ‘This is evidenced by the darker-toned lavas that overlie the older, and possibly dustier, lighter-toned deposits on the crater floor.’

    A breathtaking image captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals the incredible structures left behind, in a region reminiscent of Niagara Falls (pictured) A breathtaking image captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals the incredible structures left behind, in a region reminiscent of Niagara Falls (pictured)
    A breathtaking image captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals the incredible structures left behind, in a region reminiscent of Niagara Falls (pictured)
    While Mars doesn’t have any water at the surface today, scientists say it had a watery past.

    These particular features were carved by lava, which behaved like liquid water, but in other areas, NASA’s rovers have turned their sites to investigate evidence of ancient lakes.

    NASA’s Opportunity rover is set to explore the edge of a crater just above Mars’ ‘Perseverance Valley,’ to uncover new clues on the processes that left rocks scattered across its floor.

    A new color-enhanced image captured just before the Mars rover’s ‘walkabout’ survey kicked off shows a landscape that looks almost like a beach here on Earth, and scientists suspect water may have played a role in the rocks’ transportation.

    A new color-enhanced image captured just before the Mars rover’s ‘walkabout’ survey kicked off shows a landscape that looks almost like a beach here on Earth A new color-enhanced image captured just before the Mars rover’s ‘walkabout’ survey kicked off shows a landscape that looks almost like a beach here on Earth
    A new color-enhanced image captured just before the Mars rover’s ‘walkabout’ survey kicked off shows a landscape that looks almost like a beach here on Earth
    MARS: A WET PLANET

    Evidence of water on Mars dates back to the Mariner 9 mission, which arrived in 1971. It revealed clues of water erosion in river beds and canyons as well as weather fronts and fogs.

    Viking orbiters that followed caused a revolution in our ideas about water on Mars by showing how floods broke through dams and carved deep valleys.

    Mars is currently in the middle of an ice age, and before this study, scientists believed liquid water could not exist on its surface.

    In June 2013, Curiosity found powerful evidence that water good enough to drink once flowed on Mars.

    In September of the same year, the first scoop of soil analysed by Curiosity revealed that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain two per cent water by weight.

    Last month, scientists provided the best estimates for water on Mars, claiming it once had more liquid H2) than the Arctic Ocean – and the planet kept these oceans for more than 1.5 billion years.

    The findings suggest there was ample time and water for life on Mars to thrive, but over the last 3.7 billion years the red planet has lost 87 per cent of its water – leaving it barren and dry.

    The region may once have hosted a perched lake in the crater rim’s crest which acted as a spillway, the researchers say – or, they may have eroded in place by wind.

    Opportunity has been investigating the areas on and around the western rim of the 14-mile-wide Endeavour Crater, which sits just above Perseverance Valley, since 2011.

    Part of the crest at the top of the valley is marked by a broad notch, the researchers say.

    And, just west of the feature, there are elongated patches of rocks lining a slightly depression.

    The experts say this may have been a drainage channel billions of years ago.

    ‘We want to determine whether these are in-place rocks or transported rocks,’ Arvidson said.

    NASA says Mars may have once been ‘a very nice place to live’

    ‘One possibility is that this site was the end of a catchment where a lake was perched against the outside of the crater rim.

    ‘A flood might have brought in the rocks, breached the rim and overflowed into the crater, carving the valley down the inner side of the rim.

    ‘Another possibility is that the area was fractured by the impact that created Endeavour Crater, then rock dikes filled the fractures, and we’re seeing effects of wind erosion on those filled fractures.’

    The researchers say examining the rocks along what could be a channel could help to reveal more about the site’s history.

    And, recently NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed another stunning look at the rugged terrain of the red planet, in a scene that could rival Britain’s beloved white cliffs.

    The new view shows Mars’ breathtaking ‘white cliffs of rover,’ captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera.

    According to the space agency, the ocean-like surface at the bottom right side of the photo is actually an expanse of dunes, creating a striking contrast with the ‘shoreline’ beside it.

    NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed a stunning look at the rugged terrain of the red planet, in a scene that could rival Britain’s beloved white cliffs. The new view shows Mars’ breathtaking ‘white cliffs of rover,’ at a site known as Meridiani Planum, captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed a stunning look at the rugged terrain of the red planet, in a scene that could rival Britain’s beloved white cliffs. The new view shows Mars’ breathtaking ‘white cliffs of rover,’ at a site known as Meridiani Planum, captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera
    NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed a stunning look at the rugged terrain of the red planet, in a scene that could rival Britain’s beloved white cliffs. The new view shows Mars’ breathtaking ‘white cliffs of rover,’ at a site known as Meridiani Planum, captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera
    The image has been enhanced to better show the differences in the terrain, creating what appears to be a ‘cloud-covered cliff edge’ and foamy waves.

    ‘The reality is that the surface of Mars is much dryer than our imaginations might want to suggest,’ NASA explains.

    ‘This is only a tiny part of a much larger structure; an inverted crater – a crater that has been infilled by material that is more resistant to erosion than the rocks around it – surrounded by bluish basaltic dunes.

    ‘The edge of these elevated light-toned deposits are degraded, irregular and cliff-forming.’

    Overall, the region known as Meridiani Planum is smooth, unlike much of the rest of Mars.

    And, according to NASA, this also means it’s younger than other sites.

    It’s known to contain hematite, and salt-bearing rocks known as sulfates.

    The landscape has been compared to the White Cliffs of Dover – the famed cliffs of the British Isles that are now rapidly eroding in what’s thought to be a result of human activity.

    NASA reveals stunning new 360 degree panorama of the red planet

  10. 19 indicted for attacking protesters during Erdogan US visit – The Washington Post
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/19-indicted-for-attacking-protesters-during-erdogan-us-visit/2017/08/29/2de650a4-8d17-11e7-9c53-6a169beb0953_story.html?utm_term=.b0ec6e0d37bc

    19 indicted for attacking protesters during Erdogan US visit

    WASHINGTON — A total of 19 people, including 15 identified as Turkish security officials, were indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in the U.S. capital for attacking protesters in May 2017 during a U.S. visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The indictments charge the defendants with attacking peaceful demonstrators who had gathered on May 16 outside the home of the Turkish ambassador, awaiting Erdogan’s arrival after he had met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

    The case threatens to further complicate already tense relations between the two NATO allies. Ankara strongly opposes the U.S. decision to arm Syrian Kurdish rebels fighting the Islamic State group in Syria. Turkey views the Syrian Kurds as an extension of its own outlawed Turkish Kurdish movement and opposes any moves that could lead to the formation of an independent Kurdish state.

    All 19 defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit a crime of violence, a felony punishable by a statutory maximum of 15 years in prison. Several face additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

    Sixteen of the defendants had already been charged on June 13; Tuesday’s indictment adds three new defendants, all Turkish security officials. Two of the defendants were arrested in June and face an initial court hearing on Sept. 7. The rest remain at large.

    Several are members of Erdogan’s security detail who returned with him to Turkey, so it is unclear if any will face legal repercussions in the United States. However, they could end up being threatened with arrest if they return to the U.S. If any are still in the country, they could be expelled if Turkey refuses to waive diplomatic immunity.

    Video of the protest showed security guards and some Erdogan supporters attacking a small group of protesters with their fists and feet. Men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. Another wrenched a woman’s neck and threw her to the ground. A man with a bullhorn was repeatedly kicked in the face.

    After police officers struggled to protect the protesters and ordered the men in suits to retreat, several of the men dodged the officers and ran into the park to continue the attacks. In all, nine people were hurt.

    On the day of the violence, police detained two members of Erdogan’s security detail but released them shortly afterward. Two other men were arrested at the scene — one for aggravated assault and the other for assaulting a police officer.

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    American officials strongly criticized Turkey’s government and Erdogan’s security forces for the violence; the State Department summoned Turkey’s U.S. ambassador to complain. The Turkish Foreign Ministry then summoned America’s ambassador to protest the treatment of the detained security guards.

    Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said at the time that Erdogan’s security team moved in to disperse the protesters because “police did not heed to Turkish demands to intervene.” The Turkish Embassy claimed the demonstrators were “aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president. The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured.”

    Tuesday’s indictment states that most of the demonstrators were supporters of Kurdish independence but repeatedly maintains that their protest was peaceful and permitted. The charges all carry a “bias crime enhancement” which brings stiffer penalties because the attack was “based on the actual or perceived ethnicity and political affiliation” of the victims.

    The indictment says the attackers were a mix of “pro-Erdogan civilian supporters, Turkish security personnel, and staff members from the Turkish diplomatic delegation” and that they “significantly outnumbered” the anti-Erdogan protesters. It adds that the attackers “blatantly ignored American law enforcement commands to cease the violence.”

    Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  11. “The cruel coincidence of there being a large earthquake in Mexico City on September 19th, the exact anniversary of the devastating magnitude-8.1 quake that killed at least five thousand people in the city in 1985, seems similarly preordained.”
    https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-strange-tectonic-coincidence-of-mexicos-september-earthquakes

    The Strange Tectonic Coincidence of Mexico’s September Earthquakes

    Marcia Bjornerud
    In 1325, the Aztecs, until then a nomadic people, chose the site of their capital, Tenochtitlan, based on a prophecy that the location would be marked by an eagle eating a snake while perched on a cactus. That the cactus in question happened to sit on an island in a mucky lake did not, apparently, deter them from seeing it as a divine revelation; they went ahead and built a great city with grand temples and market squares on a tiny patch of land in a swamp. That metropolis is now Mexico City.
    The cruel coincidence of there being a large earthquake in Mexico City on September 19th, the exact anniversary of the devastating magnitude-8.1 quake that killed at least five thousand people in the city in 1985, seems similarly preordained. But a closer look at the details partly dispels its statistical improbability. Neither quake was actually centered on Mexico City. The epicenter of the 1985 event was two hundred and twenty miles to the west, off the coast of Michoacán, while the recent quake was generated about seventy miles to the southeast, in the state of Puebla. Seismic waves emanate in all directions from their origins, and regions closer to these epicenters were hit harder than Mexico City. But, with a population of close to twenty million, the capital simply has more people and buildings likely to be affected—and the old lake sediments on which Tenochtitlan was built have an unfortunate tendency to magnify seismic waves, and sometimes to liquefy altogether.
    A more interesting coincidence is the fact that the two large earthquakes that struck Mexico this month—the 7.1-magnitude Puebla event, on September 19th, and the 8.1-magnitude Gulf of Tehuantepec quake, twelve days earlier—were both exceptions to some general geophysical rules. Since the start of the new millennium, millions of Earthlings have been involuntary students in a rigorous experiential course on plate tectonics. There have been particularly punishing lessons about subduction zones, where old, dense ocean crust, often stuck in place for centuries, slides back into Earth’s mantle in a matter of seconds. The 9.1-magnitude Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, in 2004, and the 9.0-magnitude Tohoku quake, in Japan, in 2011, both of which spawned enormous tsunamis, occurred at such boundaries. The spectre of a similar catastrophe along the Cascadia subduction zone, in the Pacific Northwest, keeps many residents of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver awake at night.
    The west coast of Central America is another region where subduction has shaped the landscape. The imposing volcanoes of central Mexico and Guatemala—including Popocatépetl, which looms on the horizon in Mexico City—owe their existence to the subduction of the Cocos Plate beneath the North American Plate at the brisk clip of three inches per year. The tragic 1985 earthquake that devastated Mexico City was in fact triggered by slip on a segment of the Cocos. It would therefore be reasonable to assume that the two large earthquakes that jarred Mexico this month were classic subduction-zone events. In fact, neither was, and both were anomalies in several respects.
    To begin with, the quakes emanated not from the top of the Cocos Plate, where the subduction actually happens, but from significantly deeper, within that plate, at depths of about thirty and forty-five miles, respectively. And, in both cases, the plate slipped in an unusual way. So-called megathrust events, such as the Sumatra and Tohoku quakes, typically involve slip with “reverse” motion, like an Aztec temple builder pushing a rock slab up a ramp. The two September earthquakes, though, were caused by “normal” motion, akin to an errant slab sliding back down the ramp. Normal slip occurs when rocks are being stretched rather than squeezed—the opposite of what one would expect in a subduction setting. In other words, normal faulting is not the norm in subduction.
    The unexpected stretching is most likely a result of the unusual geometry of the Cocos Plate as it dives downward into the mantle. Geophysical data suggest that the subducting plate is not a smoothly inclined plane but instead a warped surface with two points of flexure. Like a glow stick that is activated by bending, the rock at these points is stretched, and may finally snap, in earthquakes with normal-sense slip.
    In “The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History,” Stephen Jay Gould writes, “The human mind delights in finding pattern—so much so that we often mistake coincidence for profound meaning. No other habit of thought lies so deeply within the soul of a small creature trying to make sense of a complex world not constructed for it.” While the two September earthquakes had broadly the same underlying mechanical cause, it is not yet clear whether their occurrence within two weeks of each other is tectonically meaningful. They were centered more than four hundred miles apart, on completely different fault surfaces, so the later event cannot be considered a classic aftershock. But seismologists are not ruling out the possibility that there could be a distal connection between the tremors. Detailed analysis of small seismic events in the days between the two quakes may make it possible to distinguish causality from coincidence.
    It might have been prudent for the founders of Tenochtitlan to exercise similar skepticism before launching into the construction of the city in a marsh. According to Aztec cosmology, Earth had come through four great ages, or Suns, before the present era. Each had ended in cataclysm. The Fifth Sun, our world, would be the last, destined to be destroyed completely in a series of great earthquakes. By coincidence, the Aztecs may unwittingly have created a self-fulfilling prophecy in their seismically star-crossed siting of what would become one of the world’s largest cities.

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