Edge of Trafalgar

By Daniel Valles, Posted to Editor's Blog: 04/28/2016

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State of emergency declared in Baghdad as protesters take Iraqi parliament
04/30/2016, washingtonpost.com
“Today the people announced their revolution,” said Sadr, who led a violent resistance against U.S. troops during the Iraq War, in a statement Saturday night. “History will record the birth of a new Iraq, from the ashes of corruption and the corrupt.”
Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes Charente-Maritime area, southwestern France
04/28/2016, rt.com
The epicenter of the quake was eight kilometers southeast of La Rochelle, which is a port on the Bay of Biscay with a population of just over 75,000. There are no reports of any damage so far. On Monday, a small earthquake struck Austria near the capital Vienna. The quake measured 4.4 on the Richter scale. Earthquakes in the area are rare, but geologists have warned that Vienna risks being struck by a large quake in the future.
Tsunami warning lifted after powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes off coast of Vanuatu
04/28/2016, 9news.com.au
There was no threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories.
After Blue Man Group costumes stolen, police ask people to look out for blue men
04/28/2016, tri-cityherald.com
The investigation is in its early stages and police would welcome any assistance from the public.
Editor: Interesting in context of our latest video...
Islamic State Demolishes Iconic ‘Clock Church’ in Mosul
04/27/2016, breitbart.com
According to local sources, the jihadists evacuated the area around the church and ransacked the building for whatever could be looted before detonating the explosive charges.
Big Ben ‘bongs’ to be silenced for £29m refurbishment
04/27/2016, bbc.com
Parliament says it has no choice but to stop the chimes of Big Ben, after 157 years of nearly unbroken service, to prevent its mechanism from failing. The Elizabeth Tower, which houses it, will also be repaired during the three year project, which starts next year.
Led Zeppelin can exit ‘Stairway to Heaven’ suit for $US1, provided they give Randy California credit
04/26/2016, smh.com.au
"It's always been about credit where credit is due," said attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who brought the suit on behalf of Michael Skidmore, administrator of the trust of the late Randy Wolfe, known as Randy California. Wolfe wrote an instrumental track called Taurus in the late 1960s for the band Spirit that Malofiy argues was the genesis of the famous Led Zeppelin ballad. He claims Page and Plant copied it in their finger-picked opening of Stairway to Heaven.
Editor: 'Stairway to Heaven' still in the news...
U.N. council voices alarm at Israeli statements on Golan Heights
04/26/2016, in.reuters.com
Earlier this month Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the United States that the strategic plateau should be excluded from any deal on Syria's future.
It’s official: Millennials have surpassed baby boomers to become America’s largest living generatio
04/26/2016, washingtonpost.com
Pew Research Center broke down population estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau. For this exercise, the millennial generation included anyone who was 18 to 34 years old in 2015. Therefore, the oldest millennial was born in 1981 and the youngest in 1997.
Mystery Fireball Turns Sky Blood Red Over El Salvador, Sparks Panic And Fears Of The Apocalypse
04/23/2016, inquisitr.com
Thousands were thrown into a state of panic in the tiny Central American nation of El Salvador on Sunday, April 17, 2016, when a huge fireball that appeared suddenly over the city of Chalchuapa in the Santa Ana department of the country, turned the night sky blood red.
Institute for Digital Archaeology
04/21/2016, digitalarchaeology.org.uk
On to New York City, September 2016
Editor: Note that the arch will not be going to New York till September.
How Britain is celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday
04/21/2016, washingtonpost.com
In the evening, the queen will light the first of over 1,000 beacons across the U.K. and beyond.
Today’s Trump Apocalypse Watch: Getting Close
04/20/2016, slate.com
The Trump Apocalypse Watch is a subjective daily estimate, using a scale of one to four horsemen, of how likely it is that Donald Trump will be elected president, thus triggering an apocalypse in which we all die.
Empire St. Building Turns Red as Trump Win Is Announcd, Perhaps Auguring the Blood Rain of End Times
04/20/2016, slate.com
Just as the major networks were calling Tuesday's New York Republican primary for Donald Trump, the lights on the Empire State Building went from red, white, and blue to all red, bathing the island of Manhattan in a sinister glow of pure evil. Was it some sort of supernatural signal that, with Trump's victory, the end of days is nigh?!?
Ecuador disaster toll tops 500, big new quake shakes coast
04/20/2016, reuters.com
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook Ecuador's already devastated Pacific coast before dawn on Wednesday, terrifying residents and hindering rescuers searching for survivors of an even bigger quake at the weekend which killed more than 500 people. ...near the epicenter of Saturday's major quake
It’s a record: 155 nations plan to sign Paris climate agreement this Friday
04/20/2016, mashable.com
Such a large number of signatories so quickly would set a record for international agreements, beating out the 119 signatories on the opening day of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982.
Does premature Paris climate deal risk a painful birth?
04/20/2016, reuters.com
With around 155 countries now expected to ink the agreement this week - and a handful of them, mainly small island states, well on the way to ratification – there is optimism that the climate deal will come into force earlier than envisaged.


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