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Police battling gunmen in Diplomatic Zone of Bangladesh capitol: 20 Hostages

(CNN)Police exchanged gunfire with armed attackers Friday at a restaurant in a diplomatic zone of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Assailants were throwing grenades at police, a source at the scene said.

"An unknown number of people are trapped," Gulshan police station duty officer Sayedur Rahman said.

A police bomb disposal unit was on standby to go in.

The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka warned of the situation on Twitter, advising people to shelter in place and noting that a hostage situation had been reported.

Edit to add coverage links:

Sky News
ATN (Local Bangladesh Station)
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jul 1, 2016, 12:45 PM (7 replies)

Canada to deploy 1000 troops to Latvia

Canada will deploy 1,000 soldiers in Latvia to one of four battalions Nato is assembling in eastern Europe in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Canadian media reported Thursday.

Along with the US, Britain and Germany, Canada “will establish and lead” a high-readiness brigade that will “contribute to Nato’s enhanced forward presence in Eastern and Central Europe,” the defense ministry said in a statement, adding that more details would be provided at a Nato summit in Poland next month...

The Canadian troops will join a total of 4,000 soldiers Nato is deploying to the Baltic states and Poland to help deter the Kremlin’s threat after its actions in Crimea and its stoking of military conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The deployment, to be completed by next year, is expected to be confirmed during next month’s summit in Warsaw.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jul 1, 2016, 11:06 AM (1 replies)

I just found the coolest website: What the Deep Space Network is listening to in real time.

For example one telescope in Australia is listening to Voyager 2:


Voyager 2
16.57 billion km
1.28 days

DSS 34
151.91 deg
63.15 deg
3.70 km/hr
159.00 b/sec
8.42 GHz
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jul 1, 2016, 08:57 AM (0 replies)

Future Shock author Alvin Toffler dead at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling “Future Shock” and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87.

He died late Monday in his sleep at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, said Yvonne Merkel, a spokeswoman for his Reston, Virginia-based consulting firm, Toffler Associates.

One of the world’s most famous “futurists,” Toffler was far from alone in seeing the economy shift from manufacturing and mass production to a computerized and information-based model. But few were more effective at popularizing the concept, predicting the effects and assuring the public that the traumatic upheavals of modern times were part of a larger and more hopeful story.

“Future Shock,” a term he first used in a 1965 magazine article, was how Toffler defined the growing feeling of anxiety brought on by the sense that life was changing at a bewildering and ever-accelerating pace. His book combined an understanding tone and page-turning urgency as he diagnosed contemporary trends and headlines, from war protests to the rising divorce rate, as symptoms of a historical cycle overturning every facet of life.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Jun 30, 2016, 08:32 AM (4 replies)

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn loses No Confidence vote

A motion of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been passed by the party's MPs.

The 172-40 vote, which is not binding, follows resignations from the shadow cabinet and calls on Mr Corbyn to quit.

Mr Corbyn said the ballot had "no constitutional legitimacy" and said he would not "betray" the members who voted for him by resigning.

The leader's allies have told his critics to trigger a formal leadership contest if they want to challenge him.

Opponents of Mr Corbyn are meeting to decide what to do next and whether to rally round a single candidate to put up against him, with names in the frame including former frontbenchers Angela Eagle and Yvette Cooper.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Jun 28, 2016, 06:26 PM (0 replies)

Parrot may testify in murder trial

We have a parrot. He does have a habit of picking up parts of conversations.

SAND LAKE, Mich. — A Sand Lake couple’s pet parrot could be used as evidence to prove Glenna Duram murdered her husband Martin.

14 months after Martin Duram was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in his Sand Lake home, Glenna Duram, 48, is in jail and accused of his murder...

They believe she killed him and tried but failed to kill herself.

A few weeks after his death last May, the couple’s parrot started repeating a loud, profane argument between a male and a female:

The man told her to, “Get out.”

“Where will I go,” she replied.

Then, in what family believes are his last words, "Don’t f----ing shoot.”

“I believe with all my heart that those are the last words of Marty,” says former wife Christine Keller. “I recognize two different voices screaming and yelling and it always ends with, ‘Don’t f---ing shoot.'"

Newago County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Springstead says they are studying the parrot’s words, trying to determine if they are admissible evidence.

They will pick up seemingly random conversations.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Jun 27, 2016, 09:17 AM (12 replies)

This is your dog. This is your dog on shrooms...

Poor guy.

Magic mushrooms are one of the most psychoactive, mind altering substances on the planet - a fact which this dog found out the hard way.

The dog, named Roxy, was running around a ranch playing when she came across a patch of wild shrooms in cow pat.

In the video, the canine, whose eyes appear extremely dilated, stumbles several times having appeared to have lost all co-ordination.

The owner of the eight-month-old Border collie said he rushed her to the vet shortly after filming the video to get to the bottom of her odd behaviour.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jun 24, 2016, 08:19 AM (0 replies)

Possibly one of the most bizarre candidate endorsement stunts I have ever seen

Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Jun 23, 2016, 04:28 PM (2 replies)

This is pretty amazing to watch: Grand Prix Pit Stop Record. 1.92 seconds

This pit crew manages to change all 4 tires in less than 2 seconds. Quite amazing to watch.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Jun 22, 2016, 08:20 AM (8 replies)

Hillary won't stoop below a private Gulfstream 450

JUNE 21--The latest document dump from “Guccifer 2.0,” the hacker who breached the Democratic National Committee’s servers, shows that party officials have researched Hillary Clinton’s prior travel on private jets, the Clinton Foundation’s investments, and the Democratic presidential candidate’s speech contracts.

In addition to a “standard” $225,000 fee, Clinton required a “chartered roundtrip private jet” that needed to be a Gulfstream 450 or a larger aircraft. Depending on its outfitting, the Gulfstream jet, which costs upwards of $40 million, can seat 19 passengers and “sleeps up to six.” Clinton’s contract also stipulated that speech hosts had to pay for separate first class or business airfare for three of her aides.

As for lodging, Clinton required “a presidential suite” and up to “three (3) adjoining or contiguous rooms for her travel aides” and up to two extra rooms for advance staff. The host was also responsible for the Clinton travel party’s ground transportation, meals, and “phone charges/cell phones.”

Additionally, the host also had to pay “a flat fee of $1000” for a stenographer to create “an immediate transcript of Secretary Clinton’s remarks.” The contract adds, however, “We will be unable to share a copy of the transcript following the event.”

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Jun 21, 2016, 04:22 PM (12 replies)
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