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The Extinction Crisis is far worse than you think

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2016/12/specials/vanishing/

^^^^ Best to use link for full presentation.^^^^

Student stabs, kills University of Southern California professor, police say

Source: CNN

(CNN)A student fatally stabbed University of Southern California psychology professor Friday, police said.

The professor, identified as Bosco Tjan in a letter released by the university, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The incident happened in the Seeley G. Mudd building on campus, the letter said.
The suspect has been taken into custody and transported to a local police station, LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told CNN affiliate KABC.
Police say they believe the suspect targeted Tjan and used a knife to attack him.
Tjan has been affiliated with the university since 2001 and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.


Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/03/us/california-usc-professor-stabbing/index.html

The best 2016 supermoon photo we've seen yet took several years of planning (ISS in front of moon)

The largest moon of the year, called the supermoon, shined its biggest and brightest in nearly 70 years early Monday morning.

Supermoons happen when the moon's wonky elliptical orbit lines up perfectly with the Earth and the sun. On November 14, this dance of orbital physics brought the moon to within 222,000 miles of Earth — 30,000 miles closer than its most distant point — during its full lunar phase. That made our celestial neighbor appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal, according to NASA.

Photographers all over the world have published fantastic images of the event. However, one photo in particular, which we first saw at NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day site, stuck out above the rest:



More at link:
http://www.businessinsider.com/supermoon-best-image-2016-11

Attorney: DOJ close to indicting officer who shot John Crawford III

Source: NBC Affiliate WLWT

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — A federal investigation is getting closer to a possible indictment of a Beavercreek police officer.

The parents of John Crawford III and their attorney met with top-ranking federal investigators and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Washington on Friday.

The family's attorney, Michael Wright, said the meeting was a status report on the investigation's progress involving the death of Crawford.

Crawford was shot and killed by a Beavercreek police officer on Aug. 5, 2014, while shopping at Walmart.

The 22-year-old from Fairfield had picked up a pellet gun off a shelf. He was carrying it in the store while talking on the phone.

Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/article/attorney-doj-close-to-indicting-officer-who-shot-john-crawford-iii/4371490

The mysterious syndrome impairing astronauts’ sight

In 2005, astronaut John Phillips took a break from his work on the International Space Station and looked out the window at Earth. He was about halfway through a mission that had begun in April and would end in October.

When he gazed down at the planet, Earth was blurry. He couldn’t focus on it clearly. That was strange — his vision had always been 20/20. He wondered: Was his eyesight getting worse?

“I’m not sure if I reported that to the ground,” he said. “I think I didn’t. I thought it would be something that would just go away, and fix itself when I got to Earth.”

It didn’t go away.

During Phillips’s post-flight physical, NASA found that his vision had gone from 20/20 to 20/100 in six months.

More at link:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-mysterious-syndrome-impairing-astronauts-eyesight/2016/07/09/f20fb9a6-41f1-11e6-88d0-6adee48be8bc_story.html


Looks like they're saying it's due to fluid build-up in the skull that would normally be pulled into the extremities by gravity. If we hope to conduct long-term missions, it would seem we need to develop artificial gravity for the ships. Maybe something along the line of centrifugal force?

Pokémon hunters help save overdose victims

CINCINNATI -
A search for the latest social media craze led to the rescue of two people in Cincinnati.

Deion Collier told WLWT News 5 that he and some friends were looking for "Pokémon GO" creatures on their cell phones on Sunday, visiting places from Spring Grove Cemetery to Eden Park.

Collier said they were on their way home when they came upon a slowly-rolling car on the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard overpass over I-71 with two unconscious people inside.

"Maybe 5 miles an hour, or 10. We hopped out and ran over and I grabbed the wheel so they don't go over the cliff right there then they bounced over and hit my car," Collier said.

Collier said he called 911, where operators told him to get the man and woman out of the car and begin CPR if possible.

An Anderson Township EMS unit came upon the scene and helped transport the two to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for possible overdoses.

Collier said he and his friends were glad they were able to help the couple, saying that if they hadn't been trying to find Pokémon, they'd have been at home, probably watching movies.

http://www.wlwt.com/news/pokemon-hunters-help-save-overdose-victims/40468992

At this rate, we'll need a sub-forum just for Pokemon.

FBI: Indiana teen attempted to join Islamic State

INDIANAPOLIS (AP and WLWT) -
FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old from suburban Indianapolis as he tried to board a bus to New York and join the Islamic State terror group overseas, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Akram Musleh of Brownsburg was arrested without incident, FBI spokeswoman Special Agent Wendy Osborne said.

Musleh was in the custody of federal marshals at an undisclosed location, spokesman Tim Horty of the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Musleh made his initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court to hear a charge of providing material support to the Islamic State against him, Horty said. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted, prosecutors said. Musleh has a detention hearing scheduled for Monday.

More at link: http://www.wlwt.com/news/fbi-indiana-teen-attempted-to-join-islamic-state/40161792

(Update)Need advice, Am I being discriminated against by my landlord?

(Update)

I reviewed the video this morning. He said that I'm using my disability as a crutch and manipulating people with it. Then he says, if you're disabled, how can you care for the dog?

Fast-forward several hours and he just left here. He walked in, went straight to the kitchen island, layed out a bunch of papers, then said, yeah, your carpet has stains so I'm giving you a 30 day notice to evict. He wanted me to sign papers agreeing to a date but I declined. I was told this morning that he may be in violation of the Fair Housing Act and given The contact info for someone to look into it. So.......I guess I'm moving. :/


As many here know, a few months ago I was raising money to help purchase and train a service dog for myself. The dog has been with us for about a month now and he is currently in his first training class.

Today, our landlord of 4 1/2 years shows up demanding entry into our house. He had seen the dog in the front yard when he was passing by and stopped. He said he knew nothing about it and never received my doctor's note. I checked my email after he left. It was sent 2 months ago to him. He also claimed that during furnace filter change last month, he noticed stains in the carpet. He wanted us to immediately pay for new carpet to be put in. BTW, The carpet was 5 years old when we moved in.

He finally said that this situation was not working for him and we needed to move. I asked if it was because of the dog and he said it wasn't. He got back in his truck to leave but then got back out to tell me that I'm using my disability as a crutch and needed to stop. He went on to talk about how his son is disabled and isn't like me. At this point, my wife came out and said he needed to leave. They started yelling and he said to just call the cops on him. When my wife called 911, he left.


Now, am I wrong to feel he was out of line and to talk about my disability the way he did? He also left notice that he is returning to photograph all of the rooms in 48 hours. Is he just looking for an excuse? Doesn't it seem odd that this happened only one month after the dog arrived? Btw, he comes once a month to inspect everything. I may be leaving out parts of this as it all happened so fast. In addition to a bad heart, I have really bad anxiety and PTSD. The one good thing about all of this is I had cameras installed outside because I don't feel safe. Everything that happened today was recorded.

My advice about guns

I figured since there are a million and one threads about this already, one more couldn't hurt. We have spent so much time and effort trying to work out a deal that makes everyone happy and that's legal, it seems the biggest issue is ignored.

What about the next generation of firearms? What about rail guns, pneumatic weapons, energy weapons, etc?

Hell, I know of people that make RC Battleships that shoot fully-automatic canons. They use ball-bearings for ammo and they shred each other's boats up. Should stuff like this be addressed to?

We have come to a point in our existence where almost anyone with the will could make their own guns at home. Machining tools, 3D printers, reloading equipment, these are only a few of the tools available to someone if they really wanted a gun.

So, what is my advice about guns? If you really want to make a long term difference, maybe target the guns that don't exist yet and then work backwards. By doing this, people can finally see the finish line in gun control. It will no longer be a never-ending battle. Will this fix our current problems? Of course not. But since there's already thousands of others trying to address that issue, why not just one person look into my idea. What's the worst that could happen? We ban a gun that never gets invented?

To Everyone Here

It has been a horrible day for so many. The loss of life, the fear that's left, and the tragedy that will remain with us forever. I'm sorry to those who may have lost friends or loved ones today. I am sorry to anyone that I may have offended with any comments I have made here. Emotions are running high for so many of us. I have a gay brother-in-law that lives in Keywest. My thoughts are with him as I type this. It seems just the other day we were all divided between Bernie and Hillary camps. Today, I've seen many of those people talking to each other and working together. I've also seen many members turn on each other today. As I said above, emotions are running high. Please remember that when responding to your fellow members. I've had to step back twice today due to comments that have upset me. It's hard to admit that anonymous comments have that much power but they do. I'm signing off for now with a heavy heart. I hope everyone will find peace tonight as they try to sleep.

To the victims of this horrible crime, rest in peace.
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