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China blasts: Shipment explodes in Tianjin port UPDATED

Source: BBC

Updated Article:
Massive explosions have hit China's northern port city of Tianjin, reportedly injuring many people.

According to Chinese state media, the blasts occurred when a shipment of explosives blew up at about 23:30 (16:30 GMT).

Pictures and video shared on social media showed flames lighting up the sky and damage to nearby buildings.

Latest reports in state media suggest that hundreds of people have been taken to hospital.

The first explosion was followed by another 30 seconds later.

Previous content at link:
A massive explosion has hit China's northern port city of Tianjin, reportedly injuring scores of people.

According to Chinese state media, the explosion occurred when a shipment of explosives blew up at about 23:30 (16:30 GMT).

Pictures and video shared on social media showed flames lighting up the sky and damage to nearby buildings.

At least 50 people have been admitted to hospital, according to state news agency Xinhua.

It added that a fire started by the explosion was "under control" but said two firefighters were missing.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33896292

Previous headline: China Tianjin blast: China blasts: Shipment explodes in Tianjin port

Video of explosion:

Hundreds injured in blast in north-eastern city, a base for refining and petrochemical industries

Hundreds of people have been injured by a massive explosion at an industrial port in Tianjin in north-east China, caused by a shipment of explosives that went up in flames.

Three or four hundred people arrived at the Tianjin harbour hospital after the blast, some in ambulances and some on their own, the Beijing News reported, quoting an unnamed medic who works there.

An employee of another hospital also said the emergency department was full, and staff are trying to contact all their doctors, the paper reported.

“The hospital cannot count how many patients we have received – there are too many of them and many of them have burn injuries,” said one doctor at another hospital, who had been called back from a conference in Beijing to treat the injured.

Google searches for the first 50 minutes of the GOP debate


The GOP/Koch are going to have a lot of work to do tomorrow to get their preferred candidates in the spotlight.
Posted by herding cats | Thu Aug 6, 2015, 10:09 PM (7 replies)

Get Your Free Tacos Tonight, Courtesy of Donald Trump


So far its up to one free taco!
Posted by herding cats | Thu Aug 6, 2015, 09:21 PM (0 replies)

From the early GOP debate via Twitter-Rick Santorum trying to make a point today

I can't embed this, but it's worth it to click on the link.

Posted by herding cats | Thu Aug 6, 2015, 07:02 PM (8 replies)

Jeb Bush Suggests ‘Women’s Health Issues’ Are Overfunded

It was a casual aside during an interview, but it could haunt Jeb Bush in a general election in which women’s votes — and issues — could prove pivotal.

“I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” Mr. Bush said during an interview with a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday.

The assertion came in the middle of his answer to a question about defunding Planned Parenthood amid a wave of hidden-camera videos that have portrayed its employees in unflattering ways.

Mr. Bush said the federal government should stop financing the organization, and then veered off course, into a discussion of what could be done instead with its $500 million in federal funds.


That's going to leave a mark. It appears the GOP learned nothing from 2012. Republicans are on course to make 2016 once again a focal point of how they really feel about women and women's issues.
Posted by herding cats | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 05:59 PM (5 replies)

Democrats Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly vote to defund Planned Parenthood

Two moderate Senate Democrats split from their party on Monday, voting to defund Planned Parenthood, while two others decided to oppose the measure being pushed by Republicans.

Two prominent moderates, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Two others who were considered to be likely swing voters, Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), voted against the bill joining 43 other Democrats and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois to defeat the measure.

Both Manchin and Donnelly, moderate Democrats from conservative states, said they could not support federal funding for Planned Parenthood while questions remain about the legality of the group’s actions.

Ultimately they both decided to buck his party leaders and President Obama.


Traitors to all of us, both women and men, of the Democratic party. Remember them if you're in their states when they next come up for a primary challenge.
Posted by herding cats | Mon Aug 3, 2015, 06:22 PM (6 replies)

Shooter John Russell Houser of Phenix City, AL has Tea Party Nation ties.

John Russell Houser

Phenix City, AL
United States

John Russell Houser is now a member of Tea Party Nation
Jun 20, 2013


Police have identified the shooter in Thursday night’s attack inside a Louisiana movie theater as 58-year-old John Russell Houser. Authorities say the man is from Alabama and had been staying at a local hotel recently. They described him as a “drifter” who had disguises in his car. They say he appears to have been armed only with a .40-caliber handgun, and that his car was parked outside an emergency exit door—indicating that he planned to get away.

Officials say they know little about the shooter, and are requesting that people with information on him contact local authorities. A Google search for the name reveals a Tea Party Nation page registered to a person with that name. Authorities have not confirmed whether the page, registered in June 2013, belonged to the shooter. The owner of the Tea Party Nation page identifies his hometown as Phenix, Alabama.


China may bring in 'two-child policy' to tackle demographic timebomb

Source: The Guardian

Thirty-five years after enacting draconian birth control rules blamed for millions of forced abortions and the creation of a demographic “timebomb”, China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy. The new regulation, under which all Chinese couples would be allowed to have two children, could be implemented “as soon as the end of the year if everything goes well”, a government source was quoted as saying by the China Business News.

The highly controversial and often brutally enforced one-child policy was introduced by China’s Communist leaders in 1980 amid fears of a catastrophic population explosion. The government credits it with preventing 400 million births, but the human cost has been immense, with forced sterilisations and abortions, infanticide, and a dramatic gender imbalance that means millions of men will never find female partners.

In 2012 – in one of the most shocking recent cases of human rights abuses related to the policy – a 23-year-old woman from Shaanxi province in north-west China was abducted by family planning officials and forced to have an abortion seven months into the pregnancy.

Liang Zhongtang, a demographer from the Shanghai Academy of Social Science, said the policy should have been abolished long ago. “The core issue is not about one child or two children. It’s about reproductive freedom. It’s about basic human rights. In the past, the government failed to grasp the essence of the issue,” he said.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/23/china-may-adopt-two-child-policy-this-year-as-demographic-timebomb-looms

Probe so far finds no ties between Chattanooga shooter, ISIS

Source: CBS

U.S. investigators have not found any significant evidence that Chattanooga shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeezwas directly recruited or directly radicalized by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), sources tell CBS News.

Technicians at the FBI Lab in Quantico, Virginia, continue to go through Abdulazeez's computer and cell phone but nothing major has been detected yet.

"Nothing stands out," one official told CBS News, speaking on condition of anonymity.


The FBI is also investigating the 24-year-old shooter's medical records - family and friends say Abdulazeez was depressed and was on medication at some point.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chattanooga-shooting-probe-no-isis-ties-muhammad-youssef-abdulazeez/

Man recounts saving dog with mouth taped shut and legs taped together.

KUSA - Carl Allen, one of the Good Samaritans who helped rescue a dog found on the side of the road with its muzzle taped shut and legs taped together, says at first he wasn't sure what he was seeing was real.

"The dog was standing still and we just saw the white tape on the mouth and I said 'is that a dog with its mouth taped shut?'" Allen said.

Allen and a friend were traveling along Platte River Drive near the intersection of Huron Street when he says he say the dog in the middle of the street. Allen and two people driving by jumped out of their cars to help the dog. He says it initially tried to get away.

"The dog started urinating on itself it was so terrified. We just kept trying to pet it and tell it that everything was ok, that we're just trying to help you" Allen said.

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