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Breathtaking: Alexander Gerst’s Earth timelapses



Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Combining 12 500 images taken by Alexander during his six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station this Ultra High Definition video shows the best our beautiful planet has to offer.

Marvel at the auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space.

Often while conducting scientific experiments or docking spacecraft Alexander would set cameras to automatically take pictures at regular intervals. Combining these images gives the timelapse effect seen in this video.


For better effect, view it on YouTube (click the YouTube icon on the video). Spectacular!

Uber driver charged in attack eyed in Boston area assaults

Source: Boston Herald

An Uber driver charged with raping and beating a female passenger 12 days ago in Cambridge is also being eyed in several 
recent Boston attacks on women who told police they had summoned Uber vehicles, police 
said.

Alejandro Done, 46, of Boston is charged with rape, kidnapping and assault and battery.

He is under investigation by Boston and Cambridge cops for three alleged sexual assaults on women by possible ride-share drivers Sunday, said BPD spokesman David Estrada.

“We are aiding Cambridge in that investigation,” Estrada said. He said police will look at “any potential incidents that could be linked.”

Women told Boston police they were assaulted between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday at Dorchester Avenue and Columbia Road, Commonwealth Avenue and 
Faneuil Hall — eight days after the Cambridge incident.


Read more: https://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/12/uber_driver_charged_in_attack_eyed_in_boston_area_assaults

Best of Star Wars Music Christmas Lights Show 2014



Oklahoma police chief injures city official trying to stop him from driving patrol car drunk

Source: Raw Story



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A clerk called City Councilor Cody Gibby to report the chief was drunk and should not be driving, and the elected official said Woodruff was holding a can of beer when he arrived.

The two men argued as Gibby tried to wrestle the keys to the patrol car away from Woodruff, who state troopers said struck the city councilor several times as he attempted to drive away.

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Woodruff previously pleaded guilty to DUI and open container charges in 2004, when he was Delaware County sheriff and had been driving an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle.

He was arrested for drunken driving again in 2008, when he was also charged with carrying a firearm while intoxicated.

City council members said they had been hearing the police chief frequently bought beer while driving his patrol car.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/oklahoma-police-chief-injures-city-official-trying-to-stop-him-from-driving-patrol-car-drunk/

"Witness 40": Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson (The Smoking Gun)

Source: The Smoking Gun



DECEMBER 15--The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him “like a football player, head down,” is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a “complete fabrication,” The Smoking Gun has learned.

In interviews with police, FBI agents, and federal and state prosecutors--as well as during two separate appearances before the grand jury that ultimately declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson--the purported eyewitness delivered a preposterous and perjurious account of the fatal encounter in Ferguson.

Referred to only as “Witness 40” in grand jury material, the woman concocted a story that is now baked into the narrative of the Ferguson grand jury, a panel before which she had no business appearing.

While the “hands-up” account of Dorian Johnson is often cited by those who demanded Wilson’s indictment, “Witness 40”’s testimony about seeing Brown batter Wilson and then rush the cop like a defensive end has repeatedly been pointed to by Wilson supporters as directly corroborative of the officer’s version of the August 9 confrontation. The “Witness 40” testimony, as Fox News sees it, is proof that the 18-year-old Brown’s killing was justified, and that the Ferguson grand jury got it right.


Read more (long): http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/unmasking-Ferguson-witness-40-496236


How in the world was she allowed to testify?! Un-fucking-believable

Uber Charged $100 Minimum Fare To Flee Sydney Hostage Crisis Area

Source: TPM

Uber was offering refunds to riders in Sydney, Australia after the personal taxi service charged customers up to four times its normal rate to leave the area where a hostage situation was unfolding.

Authorities on Monday warned the public to stay away from Sydney's central business district and evacuated buildings there after a gunman took an unknown number of hostages inside a Lindt Chocolat Cafe. Mashable reported that some Uber users trying to leave that area saw surge pricing was in effect at four times the service's normal rate, with a minimum fare of AU$100, or $82.

We are all concerned with events in CBD. Fares have increased to encourage more drivers to come online & pick up passengers in the area.

— Uber Sydney (@Uber_Sydney) December 15, 2014


Uber employs price surging when demand for the service is high -- on New Year's Eve, for example -- so that more drivers are motivated to get on the road and pick up passengers.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/uber-price-surging-sydney-hostage-crisis

Denver the Guilty Dog strikes again!

SeaWorld Says It Has to Keep Orcas in Captivity to Save Them

Source: Mother Jones



SeaWorld Entertainment has had a rough year in the wake of Blackfish, the explosive 2013 documentary about its killer whales, most notably Tilikum, a 12,500-pound male who has fatally attacked two trainers. The film sparked protests at SeaWorld's three marine parks and attendance has been steadily dropping. Kids have petitioned to cancel field trips, musicians like Willie Nelson have nixed concerts, and brands like Taco Bell and Southwest Airlines have cut ties with the company. Lawmakers in California, home to the flagship SeaWorld San Diego, even proposed banning orca captivity in the state. The company's stock price has been sinking; in August, it fell nearly a third in one day.

In response, SeaWorld has launched a full-on PR counteroffensive. One of its main talking points is science: While slamming Blackfish as unscientific "propaganda," the park asserts that its killer whales provide a rare opportunity to do crucial research. "We create a controlled setting for science that is impossible to replicate in the wild," its website states. "Whales in SeaWorld's care help science better understand and conserve wild killer whales." It also notes that the park recently pledged to spend an additional $10 million on orca research.

That's a drop in the bucket of SeaWorld's total budget: Last year, 24 million people visited its 11 parks nationwide, bringing in $1.4 billion. Orcas are undeniably the main draw. SeaWorld trained the original Shamu and owns around half of the roughly 50 orcas living in captivity. Convincing the public that a SeaWorld ticket can help save wild Baby Shamus may be essential to keeping the company afloat.
While slamming Blackfish as unscientific "propaganda," SeaWorld asserts that its killer whales provide a rare opportunity to do crucial research.

Yet independent orca researchers say these arguments don't hold water. "If SeaWorld didn't exist, would our understanding of wild killer whales be significantly reduced? I think the answer to that is no, it would not," says a veteran marine-mammal researcher who works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "It's a bit like having Walt Disney tell us about mouse biology," says Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research and a pioneering orca researcher.


Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/12/seaworld-killer-whale-orca-science-blackfish

The people have spoken! Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ is IMDB’s worst film of all time

Source: Raw Story




Kirk Cameron’s attempt to help boost audience ratings for his film Saving Christmas has failed yet again.

Not only does the film have a 0 percent approval rating among professional critics on Rotten Tomatoes, it is now the most poorly rated film on the Internet Movie Database, meriting only 1.3 stars out of 10.

In order to appear on the list, a film “must have received at least 1,500 votes,” which means that a significant number of the site’s users felt it to be significantly worse than the Carmen Electra vehicle Disaster Movie (1.9 stars), Mariah Carey’s unwatchable biopic Glitter (2.1 stars), and John Travolta’s ode to Scientology, Battlefield Earth (2.3 stars).

Despite recent stream of credible rape allegations against its star, even Bill Cosby’s disastrous foray into science fiction, Leonard 6, is able to maintain 2.3 stars.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/the-people-have-spoken-kirk-camerons-saving-christmas-is-imdbs-worst-film-of-all-time/

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