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[VIDEO] Volcano Erupts In Central Japan, Hiker Dead, Dozens Reported Stranded | 御嶽山 大噴火 山頂火口付近 衝撃の山小屋

Dozens of hikers were stranded Saturday on the slopes of an erupting Japanese volcano that has reportedly killed one person and left 30 more seriously injured.

A manager of Japan Meteorological Agency speaks at a press conference to explain the eruption of Mount Ontake, in Tokyo on September 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jiji Press)

A manager of Japan Meteorological Agency speaks at a press conference to explain the eruption of Mount Ontake, in Tokyo on September 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jiji Press)

Ash, rocks and steam continued to spew from Mount Ontake more than nine hours after it sprang violently to life as around 250 people were trying to scale its peak.

“The speed of the smoke was too fast. You can’t escape.”I’m worried that many more people are still on the mountain.”

– A climber, reported by NHK

Four people were buried by the ash, with one having been dug out, Kyodo News reported.

“I first thought it was thunder as I heard a bang and another bang, two or three times,” a trekker told public broadcaster NHK. “Then volcanic dust fell noisily.”

A picture taken by Nagano Prefectural Police on September 27, 2014 shows ash and smoke billowing from Mount Ontake (AFP Photo/)

A picture taken by Nagano Prefectural Police shows ash and smoke billowing from Mount Ontake (AFP Photo)

“Amateur cameraman Keiji Aoki told Jiji Press: “It was tremendous. I prepared for death when I got caught in the dust under a pine tree.”

– Amateur cameraman Keiji Aoki, to Jiji Press

A suffocating blanket of ash up to 20 centimetres (8 inches) deep covered a large area of the 3,067 metre (10,121-foot) volcano, trapping climbers and forcing up to 150 into mountaintop shelters at one point.

Around 230 people have now reached the bottom but a further 40 are trapped at the summit where they will spend the night in shelters, local media reported.

Aerial footage of Mt. Ontake showed several cabins smothered with the thick dust, some with windows that appear to have been shattered by the force of the eruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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[VIDEO] BREAKING: Oklahoma Woman BEHEADED in Shooting, Stabbing

A sheriff’s deputy shot the suspect, identified by officials as 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolan. The deceased victim has been identified as 54-year-old Colleen Hufford.alton-a-nolen-e1411699111627

(CNN) — A man has beheaded a woman after a workplace dispute in Oklahoma, U.S. law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday. He also tried to kill another woman, officials said.

The incident happened late Thursday afternoon at a Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore, about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

There were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism, officials said.

A sheriff’s deputy shot the suspect, identified by officials as 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolan.

He was taken a hospital and is expected to survive.

UPDATE: FBI looking into Moore beheading after suspect tried to convert others to Islam

UPDATE: No evidence of link to terror groups

New details from NBC:

The circumstances of Nolen’s firing weren’t made public. Some co-workers told police that he had recently converted to Islam and had been trying to convert them. Law enforcement officials told NBC News that his conversion took place during his recent stint in prison, which ended in March 2013, records show. A search of his home and car didn’t immediately yield any connection to radical fundamentalism and there’s no indication he had been in contact with terrorists groups such as ISIS, sources said.

Local authorities are working with the FBI to do an extensive background investigation on Nolen, Lewis said. Law enforcement officials say they are looking into his online activities and whether a Facebook page that contains materials with terrorist and fundamentalist themes was maintained by Nolen under an alias. Nolen does have an extensive rap sheet, including assault and battery on a police officer and escape from detention, according to NBC affiliate KFOR.

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The Moore Police Department released the 911 tapes associated with the attack.

MOORE, Okla. – KFOR-TV reports: Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

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“Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.”

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

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“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Authorities say it appears Nolen was attacking employees at random.

Johnson is in stable condition at a local hospital, recovering from her injuries.

The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself. [See the text of the 911 tapes] Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Thousands of Hong Kong Students Boycott Classes

More than 10,000 Hong Kong university students attended a rally Monday to kick off a week of class boycotts against Beijing’s stance on electoral reform. WSJ’s Ramy Inocencio reports from the event.Shut-Up-Your-Mouth-Obama-TV

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Jonah Goldberg: Do-It-Yourself Jihadism

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The fact that ISIS focuses on beheadings rather than elaborate plots makes them that much harder to foil

Jonah Goldberg writes: On Thursday, Australian authorities claimed they thwarted a plot by supporters of the Islamic State to grab random people off the street and then behead the captured citizens on videotape. Australia’s attorney general said that the massive raid, the largest counterterrorism operation in the nation’s history, involving more than 800 police officers and raids of at least twelve properties, was necessary because, “If the . . . police had not acted today, there is a likelihood that this would have happened.”

Al-Qaeda always had an odd obsession with destroying aircraft and committing dramatic acts of murder. This fixation had an advantage: Such elaborate plots were easier to be foiled by law enforcement and intelligence agencies…

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott confirmed that the raids were prompted by intercepted phone calls, from an Australian of Afghan descent believed to be Mohammad Ali Baryalei. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that he is suspected to be the “most senior Australian member of the terrorist group Islamic State, having traveled to Syria in April last year.” A proselytizer for the “Street Dawah Movement,” Barylei “was outspoken and wouldn’t shy from speaking the truth regardless,” a former fellow Dawah member told Fairfax Media. “He wasn’t pleased with living in Australian society and wanted to live in an Islamic society away from open alcoholism, homosexuality, fornication, drugs, and capitalism.”

“The Islamic State has discovered that beheadings — which are cheap and relatively easy to conduct — have a huge impact in the West…It takes homework to build an IED. Beheadings require very little instruction.”

Baryalei is credited with recruiting at least two fellow Australians to the cause. One, Khaled Sharrouf, infamously tweeted pictures of himself executing prisoners in Iraq and images of his seven-year-old son holding a severed head in Syria. Another fellow Australian, Mohamed Elomar, has also released images of himself holding the decapitated heads of his “enemies.”  Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Goldberg: ‘Muddled Nature’ of ISIS Strategy Driving Down Confidence in Obama

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Meanwhile…there’s this:

ABCNews.com reports: A British citizen captured in Syria two years ago has resurfaced today in a new ISIS propaganda video released on YouTube. But unlike the previous gruesome beheading videos of three westerners, journalist  Cantlie is seen alive, seated alone at a desk in a darkened room, delivering what he says is the first of a series of “messages” about ISIS.

Cantlie was abducted in November 2012 along with slain American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by his ISIS captors, according to a former law enforcement official and others familiar with the journalists’ kidnapping. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] WARNING GRAPHIC: Visualizing the Growth of Federal Regulation Since 1950

Senior Research Fellow Patrick McLaughlin demonstrates the growth of federal regulation in the United States since 1950 by stacking books from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

The red and black colors do not signify anything relevant to this demonstration. The federal government releases partial updates to the CFR on a quarterly basis and changes the color from one year to the next.

Book stacks for 1950, 1970, and 1990 are represented using the average size volume in 2013, which is roughly 750 pages long. Stack size is calculated by dividing the page count in those years by 750 pages. The data for page counts in the CFR comes from here.

 


[VIDEO] Meet The Democrat’s Todd Akin

From Maggie Gallagher at The Corner:

Gallagher notes that she hopes “the pro-lifers hound her with video cameras on the campaign trail, because the 100 percent NARAL supporter is bound to come up with some doozies.”

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‘Hey, it Still Might Work’

95 Percent of BBC Viewers Think Multiculturalism Has Failed

A whopping 95 percent of respondents to a BBC straw poll have said that they think multiculturalism in Britain is a failure. The poll was taken yesterday morning during the BBC’s Saturday Morning Live show, and asked “Is multiculturalism working?” Just 5 percent said “Yes”; 95 percent said “No”.Screen Shot 20140831 at 144923

“fortunately the actually scientific polling suggests that’s quite a pessimistic answer.”

Breitbart LondonJames Delingpole was a guest on the show. During the discussion of the results, he said: “I think the thwacking great majority in that poll says it all. The multicultural experiment in Britain has failed totally and people have finally realised how much it has failed. Rotherham was just one example; we’re seeing cases all around the country. It has been a disaster. I think that this is going to be the turning point.”

Also on the show was the left-wing journalist Owen Jones, who extolled the virtues of interracial sex and claimed: “fortunately the actually scientific polling suggests that’s quite a pessimistic answer. Yes there are always tensions which we need to work on. We need to bring our communities together. But Britain has one of the highest levels of interracial relationships in the whole world.”

"We're investigating that other 5%'"

“I’m investigating that other 5%, but so far we haven’t found anyone willing to go on the record.'”

“We need to break down segregation like faith schools. We concentrate poor people in particular areas because of the lack of social housing, and that disproportionately affects people from black and minority ethnic communities.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] A Robot on a Hoverbike – Why Not?

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James Foley Murderer Identified: London Rapper Turned jihadist Believed to be Under Investigation for Beheading Journalist in Syria

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The Independent‘s Lizzie Dearden reports: A former rapper fighting with the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria is believed to be one of several British jihadists under investigation following the beheading of James Foley.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 24, was known as L Jinny or Lyricist Jinn at home in London, where his rising music career saw him appear in videos and have his singles played on BBC Radio in 2012.

He came to national attention earlier this year, when he posted a picture of himself holding a severed head on Twitter after resurfacing in Syria.

The gruesome picture, believed to have been taken in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, was captioned: “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.”

Bary reportedly travelled to the country last year from Maida Vale, west London, where he lived with his mother and five siblings.

His father Adel Abdul Bary, an Egyptian refugee thought to be one of Osama Bin Laden’s closes lieutenants, was extradited from Britain to the United States on charges of terrorism in 2012 for his alleged roles in the bombings of two US embassies in east Africa in 1998. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Thieving Squirrel Foiled by Vaseline Covered Tactical Crime Prevention Pole

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The Rock Squirrel has been raiding our bird feeder, carrying away pounds of seed. Nancy figured a quick solution. I don’t know which is funnier, the squirrel or Nancy’s narration.

For anyone who is concerned about the squirrel, he still raids our other two feeders and the vegetable garden. The tiny amount of Vaseline used is non-toxic…He quickly learned that this feeder was not worth the trouble…(read more)

Prefer something a little more militant? In this marvel of modern aviation, witness this highlight reel of theft-prevention techniques involving what we charitably call “involuntary squirrel flight.”

Ultimate Squirrel-Launching Compilation

They didn’t…they didn’t…oh yes they did.

Visit VA Viper for more of these gems.


[VIDEO] Tom Rogan: Obama White House ‘More Concerned with Domestic Popular Opinion Rather Than Foreign Strategic Threat’

See Tom Rogan’s recent piece on the Islamic State and James Foley’s murder, “A Man of Courage and ISIS’s Face of Evil.”


TARGET: ISIS Threatens Second Journalist Steven Sotloff After Beheading of James Foley

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The Independent‘s Heather Saul reports: A militant from the Islamic State (Isis) who appeared to have beheaded American journalist James Foley has threatened to kill another journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff, whose life the fighter said depends on how the US responds.

[Also see - ISIS Beheads Photojournalist James Wright Foley in Warning Message to U.S.  - punditfromanotherplanet.com]

In a video posted on YouTube, entitled ‘A Message to America’, the man purported to be Mr Sotloff was filmed being held by the militant who had apparently executed Foley.

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The footage claimed Foley’s death is a revenge killing for the ongoing US air strikes in Iraq.

The jihadist, who speaks with a British accent, then addresses the US President, saying: ISIS-v-tall“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”

The man is wearing an orange shirt similar to that worn by the executed man.

[Also see - Steven Sotloff: Five Facts You Need to Know - Heavy.com]

Mr Sotloff, from Miami, was kidnapped near Aleppo in August 2013 and was believed to be held in Raqqa. His family was reportedly made aware of his disappearance but had chosen not to go public on the advice of officials.

He has worked for TIME, the National Interest, Media Line and the Christian Science Monitor and had apparently gone missing near the Syrian-Turkish border. His Twitter bio suggests he was based in Libya before his disappearance.steve-sotloff-w-fam

“My girlfriend Lauren Sotloff’s brother Steven Sotloff was taken hostage by ISIS on August 04 2013 and up to this point it has been all under wraps as due to a media blackout.”

This morning, his sister Lauren Sotloff’s boyfriend released a Facebook post urging people to sign a White House petition calling on the US government to “do everything possible to free American reporter Steven Sotloff from ISIS in Syria and save his life”.

“My girlfriend Lauren Sotloff’s brother Steven Sotloff was taken hostage by ISIS on August 04 2013 and up to this point it has been all under wraps as due to a media blackout,” his post reads.

“People please not only sign the following petition, but PLEASE SHARE so the more the better. Thank you in advance and pray for his safe return home.”

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists estimated on Tuesday that about 20 journalists are missing in Syria, and has not released their nationalities. Read the rest of this entry »


Report: Eric Holder Heading to Ferguson to ‘Personally Perform Autopsy’, Dismissing Objections from Medical Community

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“Any attorney general who is not an activist, even in matters of medical inquiry, is not doing his or her job.”

– Attorney General Eric Holder

FERGUSON, Mo. —Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will travel to this embattled St. Louis suburb to personally perform an autopsy on Michael Brown, dismissing charges that he’s interfering with the investigation by injecting himself into an examination for which he has no medical qualification.gberg_pretend-quote-holder

“We’ve all heard the rumor that Holder removed his own gall bladder with a pocket knife, without anesthesia, without pain medication. Utter nonsense. I happen to know that Mr. Holder did, in fact, use pain medication before that procedure.”

– National Review’s Jonah Goldberg

Holder didn’t confirm the self-surgery rumor, but defended his decision, insisting that his critics are misguided.  “An autopsy is not that hard. It’s a critical part of an investigation like this, one that requires the full attention of this office. If you want to call me a renegade, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist, even in matters of medical inquiry, is not doing his or her job.”

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“I am on record strongly advising against it. I have urged Mr. Holder to reconsider.” 

— Acting Surgeon Genreal Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H

In what has already become a politically-charged investigation, Holder’s decision to perform a medical autopsy on the victim has raised further concerns about violations of constitutional authority, and have renewed charges of professional misconduct.krauthammer-sm

“Watching reruns of ‘Law and Order Special Victims Unit’ does not qualify anyone to perform a legitimate medical examination. This is preposterous. Eric Holder is not a medical officer. ”

—Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Republican leaders immediately took steps to remove Attorney General Eric Holder from office. Emergency meetings on Capitol Hill were rumored to run late into the night. Senior Democrat officials stood by Holder, accusing Republicans of attempting to capitalize on the tragedy inHolder-examination Ferguson.

“Is it beyond the traditional scope of the office of the Department of Justice? Absolutely. Do I apologize for it? Absolutely not.”

– Attorney General Eric Holder

“The allegations against the Attorney General are nothing more than a political stunt”, said Nancy Pelosi, adding, “It’s part of a racist attempt to smear Holder, it’s obvious to everyone that his skin color is the primary reason Republicans object”.gas-mask

[Reporting from the protest zone? Order from Amazon - Civilian Gas Mask w/ Nato Filter]

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[VIDEO] Demonstration: ‘How to Get Through a Checkpoint Really Fast’

This is for all those people who said I should have been “witnessing” at the checkpoint. It turns out that it’s “not a good time” for them. That’s pretty much what I figured.

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[VIDEO] 超ハッピーなイチローファン Super Happy Ichiro Fan

“Getting smacked in the face by Ichiro is the best thing that ever happened to me!”

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[VIDEO] Self-Folding Robots

A team of engineers at Harvard and MIT have designed and built a flat-packed robot that assembles itself and walks away. Learn more at http://hvrd.me/A2mM9

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[VIDEO] Hubris: Obama Taking Credit for Iraq Troop Withdrawal Over and Over in 2012, Ducking Responsibility for it in 2014

President Obama took credit for Iraq troop withdrawal over and over in 2012 before ducking responsibility for it in 2014. The first 3/4ths of this is predictable grandstanding, electioneering, credit-taking, campaigning, boasting, signature Obama. The sweet spot starts at around 46 seconds.

via Bombs Over Erbil – YouTube.


[AUDIO] Foreshadowing Suicidal Thoughts: April 2010 Interview with Robin Williams

This link suggested by our Los Angeles Bureau Chief, KABC reporter and Pundit Planet‘s West Coast Correspondent Robert Holguin.

My impression: In customary Robin Williams style, he’s displaying an internal dialogue between different parts of himself. Only this time it isn’t comic. It’s part of a thoughtful discussion about recovering from heart surgery, fear of death, and the unexpected appearance of suicidal thoughts, reflecting on how he responded to the mysterious internal ‘voice’ that suggested it.

It’s a provocative interview. Also, characteristically, funny, and spirited.

This interview took place on April 26, 2010. The relevant portion that Robert highlights starts at 52 minutes.

What’s striking to me about this part of the discussion is Williams’ self-awareness, and insight. Evidence of being rational.

It amplifies my instinct that Williams could, and should, have survived this rough patch. Under different circumstances, perhaps only by a fraction, he could have prevailed over the morbid, self-destructive (and impossible for any outsider to know) thoughts that led him to take his life.

In what appears to be (I just watched the press conference, the preliminary findings confirming suicide as cause of death) an extremely desperate act. Anyone who heard the description has to conclude, this was the actions of a man committed to succeeding in this effort to kill himself. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Dramatic Helicopter Rescue: with the Yazidis on Mt Sinjar, Iraq

  
Incredible and desperate scenes as Jonathan Rugman travels by chopper to top of Mount Sinjar rescuing Yazidis, comes under fire.

Filming by Philippa Collins –  Channel 4 News

Daily Caller‘s Brenden Bordelon reports:

CNN broadcast a video showing the daring helicopter rescue of about 60 Iraqi refugees threatened with genocide on Monday, capturing the desperation of religious minorities in northern Iraq as murderous Islamic jihadists continue to advance despite U.S. airstrikes.

CNN reporter Ivan Watson traveled with Kurdish soldier on an Iraqi military helicopter loaded with aid to Mount Sinjar, where tens of thousands of Yazidi people are trapped by terrorists from the Islamic State…(read more)

CNN Airs Incredible Video Of Harrowing Helicopter Rescue In Iraq [VIDEO]

[Related: ‘Today America Is Coming To Help’: Obama Announces ‘Targeted Airstrikes’ On Iraq Terrorists]

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