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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies first poster promises a fiery showdown between Smaug....

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies first poster promises a fiery showdown between Smaug and the Dwarves

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies-first-poster-promises-a-fiery-showdown-between-smaug-and-the-dwarves-9625634.html




The first official poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released at Comic-Con ahead of the movie’s Christmas release.

Hero Bard the Bowman is seen standing defiantly before a fearsome Smaug as Esgaroth is devastated by fire, under a caption reading: “The defining chapter”.

Directed by Peter Jackson, the final instalment in the JRR Tolkien franchise stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Lee Pace as Thranduil.

Lee Evans plays Bard while Benedict Cumberbatch provides the dragon’s voice. Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Manu Bennett also feature, among others.

Invest 91E moves west, Invest 92E moves WNW, Invest 91C moves west



Last Updated 7/25/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 12.3 133.8W Movement W at 10 mph
Wind 35 MPH




Last Updated 7/24/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 9.9 141.6W Movement WNW at 15 mph
Wind 25 MPH




Last Updated 7/25/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 10.0 145.0W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 25 MPH

Tropical Storm Matmo lashes China, Invest 91E moves west, and TD2 dissipates



Last Updated 7/23/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 25.8N 241E Movement NW at 11 mph
Wind 60 MPH



Last Updated 7/23/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 11.0 125.5W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 30 MPH



Last Updated 7/23/2014, 11:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 14.0N 56.0W Movement W at 25 mph
Wind 35 MPH Pressure: 1012 MB

Appeals court panel deals blow to Obamacare

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/21/obama-health-care-court-ruling/12482127/

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court dealt a potentially major blow to President Obama's health care law Tuesday, ruling that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for tax subsidies.

The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is sure to be appealed by the government, threatens the framework of the health care system for about 5 million Americans without employer-provided health plans.

The case, filed by a coalition of states, employers and individuals, had been considered a long shot effort to derail the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Federal district judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia previously had ruled for the government. Three similar cases remain pending.

The appeals panel ruled that as written, the health care law allows tax credits to be offered to qualified participants only in state-run exchanges. The administration had expected most if not all states to create their own, but only 16 states did so.

Germany remembers the plot to kill Hitler

http://www.dw.de/germany-remembers-the-plot-to-kill-hitler/a-17792469

July 20 marks the 70th anniversary of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg's attempt to assassinate German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. His son and a former guard still have vivid memories of that day.

Berlin, July 20, 1944: Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg headed to Adolf Hitler's Wolf's Lair field headquarters. It was still early, just before 8 a.m., on the day Stauffenberg planned to kill Adolf Hitler with a bomb. It was too good an opportunity to miss: Stauffenberg was supposed to brief Hitler as part of his military duties.

Kurt Salterberg, now 91, was a guard at the Wolf's Lair, near what was then Rastenburg in East Prussia and today is the Polish town of Ketrzyn, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) east of Berlin. Back then, 21-year-old Salterberg was part of the team protecting the inner area.

At around 11 a.m. Stauffenberg and two co-conspirators, Major General Helmuth Stieff and First Lieutenant Werner von Haeften, entered the command headquarters of the Nazi regime. It was where the most powerful military figures would meet and where Hitler would hand out orders to his officers.

Florida father who beat up son’s alleged attacker speaks out

Daytona Beach, FL (WESH/CNN) – A Florida father who beat up his son’s alleged rapist has been hailed as a hero by many.

But he says his son is the one who is a true hero.

“My immediate feeling was to kill him so he will never hurt anyone again,” the father said.

We don’t identify child abuse victims or their relatives to protect the family.

http://khon2.com/2014/07/21/florida-father-who-beat-up-sons-alleged-attacker-speaks-out/

Later in the article, it says the son (victim) stopped the father when the father went to get a butcher knife.

Let's think good thoughts for California, send them good vibes (drought not going away)



http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA





http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdo_summary.html

Typhoon Matmo continues towards Taiwan, Invest 91E moves west; Tropical Depression Two moves west

Typhoon Matmo:



Last Updated 7/22/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 21.9N 237.3E Movement NW at 17 mph
Wind 100 MPH


Invest 91E:



Last Updated 7/22/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 9.8 117.8W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 30 MPH


Tropical Depression Two:



Last Updated 7/22/2014, 5:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 12.2N 46.4W Movement W at 16 mph
Wind 35 MPH Pressure: 1012 MB

Sorry, maps are not displaying well from WU right now.

Typhoon Matmo advances towards Taiwan, Invest 91E moves westward, Atlantic and Caribbean are quiet



Last Updated 7/20/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 16.7N 232.8E Movement NNW at 13 mph
Wind 80 MPH




Last Updated 7/20/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 9.5 110.7W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 30 MPH

How is the drought ? How are water restrictions doing ?

All the best to California ! Hope the drought ends ASAP.

Steve
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