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News of the brief beyond belief.. Articles combed from sources around the world, presented in HTML format and uploaded for your Friday morning convenience. Welcome to the weekend..
News from South Korea is heartbreaking today. while families were prepared to find out their loved ones were most likely dead in that tragic ferry accident, the details are grisly.. Divers are finding bodies crammed into cabins in the sunken ship.. Searchers discovered the bodies of 48 girls wearing life vests in a cabin with a capacity of 30, indicating many passengers ran into the same room when the ship tilted... Another piece of just awful news: A boy and girl on the Korean ferry drowned with their life jackets tied together.. The news will only get more troubling for those families directly affected by the horrid news..

The timing of events so often gives me pause.. Do things happen for a reason? IS there a message in tragedy? A news event did not make too many headlines but I have been thinking deeply about whether there is any potential meaning behind it: Just days before Pope John Paul II is to be declared a saint in front of millions in Rome, a crucifix dedicated to him collapsed and killed a 21-year-old man named Marco Gusmini. The man was killed instantly .. he was visiting the vilage of Cevo with other younger friends. There is also some irony: Gismini lived on a street in Bergamo named John XXII..

And speaking of those millions going to Rome: They are going to be standing under very stormy skies.

Meet the Costa Rican woman who claimed a miracle--and helped John Paul II achieve Catholic sainthood..

Weather forecasters are predicting a massive tornado outbreak this weekend--get ready if you live in Tennessee to Texas. It is being called a dangerous multiple-day storm on Accuweather today..

Tornado alley shaky: Oklahoma quakes continue..

Next time you're watching the beautiful cheerleaders at Buffalo Bills games, think about this little factoid: The "Buffalo Jills" as they are called received an instructional manual from their managers telling them how to eat soup and when to change their tampons.. They say: "The Jill Cheerleaders Code Of Conduct instructs the women on how to keep certain 'intimate areas' fresh, offering advice such as 'When menstruating, use a product that (sic) right for your menstrual flow.': .. They were also told to say excuse me when they burp and said "Oh my goodness" instead of Oh my God... Oh my God...

Green tea and raw fish.. the secret to living long?

An update no Justin Bieber and how he offended 1.3 billion people.. The Beebs did say sorry but then got busy being detained at LAX after he returned back to America. That darned Homeland Security bill finally is being put to good use..

Lest we forget some recent information about Justin Bieber. Besides urinating in restaurant buckets and spatting on fans, Beebs isn't the most likely to become the UN Secretary General.. he also wrote that he thinks Anne Frank would have been a Belieber..
After 20 years of dominance (and 20 years of changing what we eat) Monsanto is finding itself on the losing end of the natural food and GMO fight.. Vermont is the latest and greatest place where Monsanto is facing legislative setbacks.. Also vertical farming will soon evolve to not need pesticides. So when agents of death to spray on our food aren't needed, what will Monsanto do next?
More news from the Hollywood sex scandal suit: Bryan Singer is officially denying the sexual abuse allegations made by Michael Egan .. Singer called the allegations 'outrageous and false' but will not participate in any press events for the upcoming X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.. It will certainly be interesting to see if this lawsuit affects the money X-MEN will be taking in. Or if people in Middle America really don't care what the sordid news from Hollywood elites really is..
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN news.. Ray Fisher will be joining Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot..Fisher is supposedly joining the cast as Cyborg.. The movie release date is now set for May 6, 2016..

The UK has its first alien abduction support group.. It's for people who believe, obviously, that they have been abducted by aliens (presumably also people who think awful things were jammed and rammed into them) .. The group promises to be ridicule free. I believe it should be--while many in the world will laugh and mock those who claim UFOs abducted them, it's worthwhile to note that if 1) they believe they were abducted or 2) they think they were but weren't that they need counseling of some sort either way..
THE NEW YORK TIMES reviews the horror flick THE QUIET ONES, writing that it evokes 1970s' movies..

A store that boasts to be the biggest paranormal store in Gettysburg PA is having a grand opening this weekend..

Sign me up! A school in San Antonio claims it can teach the paranormal! It claims its lessons can create psychics and mediums and healers.. The Coker Institute of Empowerment opened in January. The school charges $20 per class. And you can find more on its site here..



Paging Paige: Done at the WWE


PWInsider reports that Paige was told at this past Monday’s RAW that she will not be able to return to the ring. It was noted that she is “done” as a wrestler, and that the situation is similar to Edge’s retirement in 2011 due to a neck injury…

Paige had just returned to WWE in late November after a seventeen month absence due to a neck injury she suffered in June of 2016. During her absence she suffered two Wellness policy suspensions.

Paige was injured during a house show at the Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 27 during a six-woman tag match. She was kicked in the back by Sasha Banks and struggled to get back to her feet after the bump.


The fake missile warning in Hawaii was scary for residents of that state .. 38 minutes of hell.

Scary for America more may be what ELIANA JOHNSON writes in POLITICO: A false warning of a missile threat in Hawaii sent White House aides scrambling Saturday, frantically phoning agencies to determine a response and triggering worries about their preparedness almost a year into the Trump administration. President Donald Trump’s Cabinet has yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a domestic missile attack, according to a senior administration official. John Kelly, while serving as Secretary of Homeland Security through last July, planned to conduct the exercise. But he left his post to become White House chief of staff before it was conducted, and acting secretary Elaine Duke never carried it out. The Old Cold War guard is gone. The newcomers can issue threats but appear to be unaware on how to act on them.. “The U.S. government hasn’t tested these plans in 30 years,” said the senior a…

There is water on Mars. There is not water on Mars. There is water on Mars.

A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that appears bright blue in this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The scene is about 550 yards wide. The scarp drops about 140 yards from the level ground in the upper third of the image.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/USGS

This could be a game changer–and quite the about face since the past several months of news gathered have reinforced the notion that no water at all existed..

As reported in the journal Science (paywall), the water was found in both the north and south of Mars, at latitudes equivalent to South America and Scotland. The exposed areas were found on scarps as steep as 55 degrees. Based on the absence of craters in the regions, scientists believe that the features formed relatively recently.

“The discovery reported today gives us surprising windows where we can see right into these thick underground sheets of ice,” study co-author Shane Byrne of the University of…

FCC won’t let Trump’s shithole be

The FCC received complaints after NBC and CNN used the word “s—hole” in their coverage of the controversy over comments President Donald Trump reportedly made to lawmakers during a meeting about immigration.

An FCC spokesman said they received a “handful” of comments, but did not have an exact figure yet. The agency does not monitor programming, but reviews each complaint to decide whether to take any type of action.

CNN featured the term on its chyron, and it was also repeated on air multiple times. But the FCC’s jurisdiction over indecency and profanity does not cover cable and satellite programming.x

The word was used once on “NBC Nightly News,” but anchor Lester Holt issued a viewer warning in advance. CBS and ABC chose not to use the word.

The FCC considers a number of factors in whether to act on a complaint, including “context,” and that in the past has included whether it has been a part of news programming. Broadcasters are confident that they would be exempt for using the term i…



Not only that, but warnings buzzed on TVs.. radios.. the horrid screeching noise when an emergency alert sounds.. 

CNN reports,

Jocelyn Azbell had just woken up in her Maui hotel Saturday when she was hurried into the hotel's basement to take shelter from an incoming ballistic missile.
"You're thinking, 'Oh my gosh, are we going to die? Is it really a missile (headed) our way, or is it just a test?'" the 24-year-old told CNN. "We really didn't know."
Minutes before, she'd received an ominous alert on her phone.

Azbell, her boyfriend and hundreds of other hotel guests were "herded like cows" into the basement by staff. "People are crying and people obviously were super scared," she said.
For 20 minutes, Azbell said, they waited. Finally, they were told that the alert was a false ala…


The worst flu since the early 2000s strikes he entire continental United States is experiencing widespread flu right now, the first time in the 13 years of the current tracking system that that has happened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years. The rate of flu hospitalizations — the number of people hospitalized with flu per 100,000 — nearly doubled last week compared with the previous week. Last week it was 22.7 per 100,000 people; the week before that rate was 13.7. IT IS SO BAD..
THE KIDS ARE BANNED FROM GOING TO THE HOSPITAL!! All of that prompted metro Detroit's Beaumont hospital chain to take an unusual step Friday afternoon: banning visits from children under 13 until the flu season subsides. “We apologize for the inconvenience,” said a news release from Beaumont Health System, which operates eight major hospitals in southeast Michigan. “All Beaumont Health hospita…