A tiny type of porpoise that is known as vaquita is facing extinction. That’s because even though it’s illegal in the Gulf of Mexico, the gillnets meant for catching totoaba for the swim bladder, called aquatic concaine because of its high demand, are perfect size for catching vaquita and they say there are only about 60 left in the world. Totoaba swim bladders are a big market in China because they believe the bladders cure such ailments as infertility and achy joints.
The Rosetta spacecraft was sent to space to dance around a comet and collect data. It has done that faithfully for two years. But, it was finally ordered to terminate mission by crashing into the comet. It did just that on September 30, 2016 at 1119 GMT as mission manager Patrick Martin said, “Farewell Rosetta, you’ve done the job. That was pure science at its best.”
Shimon Peres Funeral
World leaders gathered to attend the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres. Among them, President Obama and Mahmoud Abbas were in attendance. President Obama’s passionate speech evoked “unfinished business” of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Speaking of world leaders, it would appear Gary Johnson can’t name any of them. If it was a bonehead moment he had while being interviewed by Chris Matthews, maybe he should get a thorough physical. The other candidates have to report on their mental health and this might be a good indication of Gary’s.
War Torn Aleppo
Civilians are getting caught in the crossfire in Aleppo. Having become a central city in the conflict, Syrian government forces and Rebels are reporting conflicting outcomes. While kids play in the water from a burst water pipe, they are getting used to growing up with bombings and gunfire.
Van Goghs Recovered
More than a decade ago, two paintings by Vincent van Gogh were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam. But, anti-mafia police in Italy have finally recovered them. In fact, they were inspected and the curator asked to perform the duty has confirmed, “They are the real paintings!”
Cops Shoot 6 Year Old
In shocking news, two marshals have been indicted on second degree murder and second degree attempted murder. They witnessed an argument between a man and his girlfriend in front of a bar. When they went to detain Christopher Few, he fled in his car. The marshals caught up to Christopher and opened fire on his car while he held his hands in the air out the window. The officers struck Christopher who lived, but the child they did not see in the backseat was also struck and died.
Ryder Cup 2016
The big golf tournament began. Tiger Woods dominated the news and the social media. Team USA pulled out a 4-0 sweep.
Denver Still Undefeated
Despite the huge change in personnel, Denver has managed to remain undefeated. Their defense is keeping running backs from breaking free and the passing game to a minimum. Besides the fact that Denver took no hits when they put Trevor Siemian as their quarterback following the Peyton Manning era.
Zika In Asia
The CDC has announced that travel to Asia should be suspended temporarily since Zika has now been confirmed there. Also, men who may have been exposed to Zika may not want to attempt getting their partner pregnant. Zika has been known to cause birth defects and is spread by mosquito bites as well as unprotected sex with someone who has been exposed to Zika.
Congress Rejects Obama’s Veto
When President Obama vetoed the 9/11 bill, Congress threw it back and rejected his veto. The 9/11 bill allows for citizens to sue foreign sponsors of terrorism. This overturn marks the first for President Obama of his 12 veto stretch.
First Presidential Debate
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met for their first presidential debate. Even though both sides claimed to have won, it was clear that the preparation Hillary put in beat Trump’s lack of preparation. Maybe next time, Trump will think about trying to prepare if he realizes that the presidential office is actually at stake.
In total SCI-FI type news, NASA is combining Star Trek imagination with work of Einstein to deliver a spacecraft that will literally be able to warp time and go farther distances in less amount of time. The goal is Alpha Centauri. If this concept succeeds, the spaceship will be able to get there in a few weeks rather than centuries. What?
Hoboken Train Crash
The event recorder was recovered from the train that crashed in Hoboken, New Jersey. One woman was killed and a hundred more were injured as the passenger train went speeding past its stopping point and rammed through a passenger concourse. The recorder that was recovered will be key evidence telling the story of what exactly went wrong that day.
Wells Fargo CEO
John Stumpf, Wells Fargo CEO, was forced to forfeit outstanding stock awards after the scandal broke that the bank was creating millions of unauthorized customer accounts. Now, he’s set to face the House panel over the fake account scandal. That’s going to be an entirely cringe-worthy affair that’s going to rear plenty of viral videos for everyone to pass around.
An Interesting Pageant
Uganda not only held a Mr. and Mrs. HIV Positive Beauty pageant, but they crowned two winners. That’s because many of the participants were men. Each of the contestants were HIV positive and a crown was given to both a Miss Y+ (young person living with HIV/AIDS) and a Mr. Y+.
Elementary School Shooting
A teenager was taken into a custody at Townville Elementary School just outside Greenville, S.C. Officials say he opened fire and shot two male students as well as a female teacher. His father was found dead from a bullet wound in a home nearby. Officials haven’t released information that there is in fact a connection.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore ordered the state’s probate judges to disregard the Federal Court decision on same-sex marriage. As a consequence to his actions, the state’s Court of the Judiciary effectively ended Moore’s career as a judge. He may not have been removed from the bench, but he will be barred by law from running again in 2019 when his term ends.
Tulsa Cop Pleads Not Guilty
Betty Shelby has been charged with first degree manslaughter and has pled not guilty in the killing of Terrence Crutcher. She can get anywhere from four years to life. Her defense is being built that she felt threatened and she experienced “auditory exclusion,” which means she couldn’t hear other officers and was unaware more officers had arrived.
Banks Are Bad, Mmkay
In a bunch of financial talk, it appears that Hedge Funds are reaping rewards after Deutsche Bank shares are down nearly 50%. The financial talk goes on to say that billions of dollars were pulled by clients in the morning and then recovered later in the day. What it all means? Rich people profit from loss just as much as they profit from gain. Next.
In the mobile phone industry, it has been a growing trend that companies consolidate to plug gaps in their technology. Qualcomm’s shareholders have been putting on the heat that the company puts its big $30 billion cash to work. So, they have been looking at NXP as well as several other acquisition, both domestic and international.
Cortana 2.0, in keeping up with the Jones’s, might become a chatbox. Hey, Google has one. Why not Microsoft? A chatbox takes the question and answer search query a step further and adds a stream of questioning and answering to get to the desired information.
Amanda Knox is back in the news, only this time it’s about her documentary. Rolling Stones reports on the WTF moments about the documentary that need a closer look. They range from Knox claiming the police beat her to how the media handled the whole case to make Knox look more sinister.
It’s a fact that millions get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die from flu and flu related complications every year. The CDC is urging that everyone get flu shots as soon as possible. But, they urge that FluMist is not reliable. An actual shot is recommended. Get over it. It doesn’t even hurt.
Trump Charity Scandal
Every businessman or entrepreneur knows that if you want to run a charity, there are certain certifications required in order to be legit. It appears that the Trump Foundation lacks those certifications. What does that mean for all those funds? Do they go back or does the government confiscate them from Trump?
Google Suppresses News About Clinton
Trump may be doing the complaining that Google suppresses bad news about Hillary Clinton. But, it’s not all that unfounded. In Google searches of Hillary Clinton, bad news listed on credible sources fails to come up to the top of the list in search queries.
Miss Peregrin’s Home For Peculiar Children
Tim Burton’s latest movie is getting mixed reviews. Some critics are saying it doesn’t have enough to keep your attention for the full 2 plus hours. Other critics are saying it’s a greatest hits hodgepodge, which can be taken either way.
Cracking The iPhone
$1.5 million is what’s on the table for cracking the iOS 10. That’s a lot of change if you can pull off a remote jailbreak attack. So break out your user manuals, magnifying glass, and duct tape. Get to cracking. Contact exploit broker Zerodium if you figure it out.
In Reykjavik, Iceland, the street lights were turned off so that the Northern Lights could be viewed more clearly. The City Council had the lights turned off to avoid light pollution. Between September and mid-April is the best time to view the Northern Lights and as you can see there are going to be many stunning photos to hit the internet between now and then.
Mets Close To Clinch
For some reason, the Mets hit the headlines for being one step closer to clinching the National League wild card spot. Oh, that’s because it’s the Mets. They have three games remaining and their chances are good. But, it’s called a chance for a reason and it can be taken away. Might want to keep your eye on these next few games.
A Touching Moment
Wish there were more news like this! Michelle Obama embraced George W. Bush in a touching moment at the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Look closely at that picture and feel it for the real that is in it. You can’t fake that and the world needs more of it.
In an interesting twist on the private-email server case, immunity has been granted Cheryl Mills for her cooperation. She was one of Clinton’s top aides, which has many people wondering what exactly does she know. But it also has people stopping to think, why would she need immunity?
The U.S. soldier who is being disciplined by the U.S. Army for violations of the espionage act, Chelsea Manning has been sentenced to solitude for attempting to commit suicide. It won’t make her want to kill herself less. But, she won’t be able to get a hold of anything that will help her do it.
Ahmad Khan Rahami
He was wanted in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and Seaside Park, N.J. last weekend. Ahmad Khan Rahami somehow managed to survive a shootout with police offers and was taken into custody. But, he was treated for several bullet wounds first and taken to the hospital.
Over 60 airstrikes bombarded Aleppo, Syria as the ceasefire ended only a week after it began. In the aftermath, children have been trapped underneath the rubble of demolished buildings. Engineers can’t get to them because of the continued strikes.
Alistair saw his brother Jonathan start to collapse in exhaustion during the final race of the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel. Alistair was in first and his brother was in second. But, that didn’t matter to Alistair who stopped to help his brother to the finish line and even tapped him to finish second since South African Henri Schoeman had already ran around them for the win.
They got together and had a huge family, but had only married a few short years ago. Now, the rumors are flying about Angelina filing for divorce and Brad being under investigation for child abuse. It appears to have only been an argument with one child aboard a plane, but the truth will eventually come out.
Falcon 9 Explosion
As it was being fueled on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Falcon 9 exploded. Thankfully, no one was hurt. SpaceX is investigation the cause of the explosion and they believe they have narrowed it down to a breach in the helium system.
In a constant bid to make life easier for us, Google will be launching something very exciting soon. In fact, it’s about a month away. You may have heard about Eero, a completely awesome home Wi-Fi system. Not to be outdone, Google will offer a new Wi-Fi router and let the Wi-Fi wars begin.
It appears ISIS may have acquired some boats for its war efforts. Don’t worry though. The U.S. is steadily destroying everything they have. 65 boats in September alone have been sunk.
In a huge unexpected blow out, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Jim Carry by his late girlfriend’s estranged husband. It appears Jim Carry may have gave her STDs and the lawsuit states that Jim Carrey supplied Cathriona White with the prescription drugs he illegally obtained via an alias he uses. Jim Carrey has responded that the lawsuit is greed and a “hearltess attempt to exploit” the situation for selfish gain.
It’s the reality of Sci-Fi. Quantum teleportation has been achieved by researchers who sent laser pulses several miles between two city networks. It might not be a “Beam me up, Scotty” moment. But, it might lead us to telecommunications that are hack-proof as well as a more more powerful internet.
The long awaited Magnificent Seven with big stars like Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Chris Pratt finally hit the theaters. Starting off on the right foot, it earned $1.75 million its first night.
Science is good for finding out all kinds of things. This time, they’ve learned that melatonin make the plain fin midshipman fish sing. It’s mating behavior, but the same melatonin that tells normal people that it’s time for bed reacts differently to nocturnal animals and signals nighttime patterns such as attracting a mate.
Yes, it’s true that Napoleon has been an Illinois senator since 2013 and he owns two Beggars Pizza franchises. But, he was also a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings. That’s what foiled the plan of four men who attempted to rob the pizza delivery guy, because it just happened to be Napoleon that night. He beat them off of him and they fled in a Chevy Tahoe, which Napoleon followed. He was able to track down the vehicle, but not the assailants. Inside the vehicle, police found blood that was traced back to victim who is deceased and so far Malik Mayer and Lawrence Hines have been arrested in connection with several crimes including murder. One of the assailants is a juvenile and the other remains unnamed at this point, but plans to arrest are in the making.
Feeling left out of everything, North Korea stood in defiance of the U.N. like a little boy packing his bags and running away from home. They call their nuclear weapons “a righteous self-defense measure.” To which the U.N. replied, “No. No.”
The virtual reality technology company founded by Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe is getting a lesson in politics since they wanted to dabble in it. Oculus has been putting out some funny memes that poke fun at Hillary Clinton. So, some developers have actually dropped support from Oculus in protest.
New England Patriots
It is actually newsworthy that New England is winning without Tom Brady. While Tom Brady serves his four game suspension, the Patriots have managed to earn a 3-0 record for the season as if Deflategate doesn’t even matter. Someone should be investigating them to see what they’re up to now.
Professor Allan Lichtman
In news Trump supporters will love, Professor Allan Lichtman predicts Trump to be the next president. Normally, that wouldn’t shake the Democrats up too much. But then, that’s before they learn that Professor Lichtman has accurately predicted the last 30 years worth of presidential elections.
Fans of the hilarious Monty Python will be sad to hear the latest news. It appears that one of the very funny comedians, Terry Jones has been diagnosed with dementia. Just remember, some causes are reversible and medications can help manage symptoms.
Twitter might strike a deal with a company as it has entertained beginning discussions. Twitter has been talking to Salesforce as well as Google, neither of which have chosen to respond and confirm these rumors. But, it’s a fact that Twitter has been losing the social media battle because of competitors like Facebook who are easily outpacing the tweeters.
Yahoo Data Hack
As Verizon Communications is smack dab in the middle of acquiring Yahoo in a $4.8 billion deal, information must be disclosed. What Yahoo finally announced was that data of 500 million users was hacked and stolen in 2014. So now you know that your date of birth, street address, passwords, and security questions among many other things might have been compromised.
First, news came out that Wells Fargo was opening bank accounts for customers without their authorization. Of course, many members were unhappy when they found out. In yet another measure to create change at the executive level of the bank, union-affiliated pensions are now urging that all the board members be replaced and executive pay be tremendously reduced.
43 year old Keith Lamont Scott was shot by police in what seems to be a growing epidemic. The police are saying he had a gun, but no gun can be clearly seen in the footage from his wife’s camera that is circulating the internet. People have been demanding the release of the footage from the police officers who were wearing body cams, but they have failed to do so as of yet.
Arrest In Charlotte Protest Shooting
To make the situation worse, during protests for the death of Keith Scott, 26 year old Justin Carr was fatally shot. An arrest has been made. But, the suspects name has not been released as of yet.
It’s sad to also have to report the shooting death of Terence Crutcher. He was also killed by a police officer. The footage that was capture in the air by helicopter and on the ground by dash cam clearly shows Terence with his hands in the air and posing absolutely no threat to anyone. It is overheard in the footage one officer say, “He looks like a bad dude.” Judged strictly from his appearance.
Officer Betty Shelby
Protests for Terence didn’t take long. Officer Betty Shelby is the officer who shot and killed Mr. Crutcher. She is facing manslaughter charges while she has been let out of jail on bail.