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UPDATE:CRASH CONFIRMED. An Air Algérie plane with 110 on board has been missing for 10 hours.

Missing flight #AH5017 from Burkina Faso to Algiers has crashed, Algerian aviation official tells Reuters

50 French citizens aboard.

Map of probable crash cite:

Air Algérie flight AH5017 from Burkina Faso to Algeria has been missing for 10 hours


@mpoppel: China's CCTV and S. Africa's EWN are reporting the missing airliner has crashed near Niamey, Niger

Reuters quoting Algerian official: Contact was lost when aircraft was over Gao, Mali

And the infrared satellite at the time contact was lost with the plane (0155 GMT per @AP report): #AH5017
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 07:11 AM (2 replies)

The MH17 crash site needs to be opened NOW. The treatment of the site is an abomination.

@KiritRadia: (ABC news Moscow correspondent on scene)
Anywhere else, a plane crash site would be roped off & crawling w investigators. Not here. Just us, rebels, & local emergency workers #MH17

Maybe the light is better this morning, maybe we dare look more this time, but we're seeing body parts everywhere today. Horrific. #MH17

There needs to be a massive effort to properly recover the bodies and the property at the least. It CANNOT be done by the local 'government.' A tragedy of this size requires a response by groups that handle these events.

The plane debris also needs to be collected quickly and in place in order to reconstruct the event. There are trained groups that also carry this out. There is no telling what is being removed by accident or on purpose.

It is beyond the pale that enough trained people are not allowed in to take care of the bodies. They rained down on villages and at least one crashed through a roof. I have no idea about the reports of the locals doing any looting. That is who will be blamed though. Convenient.

There were reports that locals were gathering passports and other effects into piles. Some are trying to help. I can imagine that this has been traumatizing for many of them. If there are those looting, the material should be found and returned.

While people argue about who shot the plane down, there is one irrefutable fact. The rebels are in control of the site and are allowing few people in. This is squarely on their heads. It is a barbaric way to respond to the deaths of hundreds of people and beyond traumatizing for their families to know how little is being done.

So go ahead and defend these actions by the rebels. I'm sure some will. I want to know who shot it down. If it came from Ukrainian forces, the rebels, or some other unknown entity then so be it.


@obk: (Moscow news correspondent from the Netherlands)
This probably hurts the most. In between the debris in the field.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 19, 2014, 06:53 AM (33 replies)

Man cuts open truck to save kitten

Errand Frazier got quite the surprise when he heard purring coming from his truck. He immediately started to try to figure out where it was coming from, even putting out some food and setting up a camera to see where the cat was coming from. The next morning the food was gone, but the footage showed no cat capers. Deciding there was no cat, he went on a fishing trip, and when he reached his destination he heard the purring again.

Without hesitation he got out his tool box and cut a hole in the side of his truck, and there he saw a kitten! The stowaway was lodged under the frame of his truck, so he cautiously drove to the humane society and asked for a little help.

The employees worked together to safely dislodge the little kitten, but not before they marvelled at the big hole Frazier cut through his truck. The kitten has been adopted to a family, and is reportedly safe and happy.

This animal lover has been known to rescue strays and ensure their safety, but this goes above and beyond!
See more at: http://moderncat.com/articles/good-news-man-cuts-open-truck-save-kitten/70375#sthash.dxnpfYJ7.dpuf

Good on him!
Some good news for a change.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 17, 2014, 03:00 PM (9 replies)

Open Carry Texas Schedules New Date For Armed March Through Black Neighborhood

Open Carry Texas, a gun rights advocacy group, announced that they have scheduled their march through the Fifth Ward in Houston. The march, which was initially scheduled for Juneteenth but postponed at the last minute, will feature open-carry enthusiasts marching through the streets of the predominantly black Houston neighborhood carrying long assault rifles. The group has gained notoriety in recent months due to their publicity stunts which have featured members entering restaurants and stores with their assault rifles on full display. Apparently, the group has decided to up their game.

CJ Grisham, the founder of Open Carry Texas, decided to address the criticism his group has encountered regarding this planned march. When the march was first scheduled, Grisham and the group came under intense criticism for a variety of reasons. Even after OCT postponed the march, the group was under fire due to the appearance of racial insensitivity. OCT posted the following late Monday evening on the group’s website:

“We are not going to be marching through 5th Ward,” said OCT Founder CJ Grisham, “we’re going to hopefully be marching with 5th Ward.”

Open Carry Texas believes that Texas’ gun laws continue to be rooted in racism. In order to obtain a concealed handgun license in Texas, one needs to shell out over $250 in fees and requirements to do so. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate in Texas was 14.4% in 2010, the date of the last census. In the African-American community, the poverty rate was 27.1%, nearly twice the state poverty rate and almost three times higher than non-Hispanic whites. In other words, the extreme cost to obtain a license in Texas – over $250 – disproportionately prevents African-Americans from getting one.

Texas law prevents anyone convicted of a Class B misdemeanor or higher from qualifying for a concealed handgun license for at least five years. The convictions do not need to be related to violence or even involve a gun. Some examples of “crimes” that will cause you to lose your CHL or fail to qualify for one are littering, writing a hot check, or even certain traffic infractions not involving another person.
Read the rest. Find out who they got to march with them.

I hope the Fifth Ward doesn't march with these fools. They have people with ties to white supremacist organizations.
They are also beyond patronizing in believing that having an African-American march with them makes it hunky-dory no matter who it is.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 16, 2014, 10:44 AM (18 replies)

I got my car fixed. Thank You!

Original post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025198650

Because of the generosity of people here at DU, I was able to get the exhaust system on my car fixed before it blowed up or whatever.
I was truly humbled by the outpouring of support that I received through all the replies. I never expected that.

I had some extra and I used it to pay 2 adoption fees at the local shelter. I could have used it for my physical needs, but this helped me in a lot of ways too. I didn't specify the use for just cats. I just wanted 2 sweet baby animals to find forever homes. Mousie and Scat would approve as would Tater and Moonpie if they ever slowed down enough to listen.

Thank you again!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 15, 2014, 08:02 AM (22 replies)

A Wisconsin lumberjack saves a bear with a milk can stuck on its head.

Never would have thought of that, but he obviously knew how to handle that extension.
Good on him!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 15, 2014, 07:19 AM (7 replies)

Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home

(This is a long and confounding story. I have no idea what really happened.)

On a Monday afternoon in late March, 12-year-old best friends Melody Coffey and Julia Young sat in Melody's room, mulling the latest message from their tormentor:

wanna play a game ?

The girls recognized the sender's Instagram account as belonging to a girl we'll call Danielle. She and Julia were friends briefly earlier in the year. Since their falling out with Danielle, Melody and Julia had been receiving disturbing threats from her social media accounts.

Let's switch passwords

The oddly punctuated messages had grown more sinister, more perverse. Though Danielle denied they were from her — she suggested her accounts were hacked — the evidence was not in her favor. The attacks referenced the girls' families and their friends from school and even now, above the latest message, was a selfie of Danielle, phone held up to the mirror.

I have a guy who takes photos of you guys . My mom helps me . Don't think I'm weird though . Everyone does it . … I know you guys will like call the cops because you guys are insane , but thats what I find sexy about you guys .

In Melody's room, avoiding yet another day of gossip at school, the girls considered their options. Sometimes, Melody said, it seemed Danielle could hear them talking, as if she were watching them. She'd even convinced her mom to climb up and check the attic once. It was empty.
Much more:

WTF? smh.....
Just WTF?
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 15, 2014, 05:37 AM (9 replies)

Nadine Gordimer has passed.

Nadine Gordimer, the South African author and Nobel laureate has died, her family says

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 09:26 AM (1 replies)

Scientific Proof That Cats Are Better Than Dogs

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 07:33 AM (9 replies)

John Seigenthaler has passed. He is a person you should know about.

As a reporter for The Tennessean, Mr. Seigenthaler once saved a suicidal man's life on a bridge over the Cumberland River — a bridge eventually named after him. As the newspaper's longtime editor, he led coverage of the civil rights movement when most Southern newspapers, including the rival Nashville Banner, ignored the growing resistance to racial segregation in the South.

Mr. Seigenthaler also exposed corruption in the Teamsters union, grave deficiencies in the state's mental health system and illicit activities of the Ku Klux Klan in Tennessee. And he inspired several generations of journalists to greatness.
Mr. Seigenthaler championed racial equality, both as a journalist and in his job in the Kennedy administration.

The Tennessean and its staff became crusaders for civil rights early on. A Texas liberal named Silliman Evans bought the newspaper out of receivership in the 1930s. His views formed the political core that would remain there until John Seigenthaler's retirement.

With a newsroom full of cocky young egos spoiling for a good story, secure finances and family owners willing to take chances, it became one of the only Southern newspapers to aggressively cover the fight to end segregation. That was not always popular with hometown readers, particularly the old Southern guard.

The Tennessean covered the downtown lunch counter sit-ins and other stories, when other newspapers wouldn't, as the civil rights movement swept through the South.
Much more:

This is the kind of newspaper editor we so badly need.

RIP John Seigenthaler.
You fought the good fight!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 02:08 AM (15 replies)
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