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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..



Mulder and Scully still have the sunspot case

The internet firestorm over the sudden closure of the Sunspot Solar Observatory went worldwide within the last 10 days..

As of yesterday, there was finally an official statement of some form as to why. But the statement is not going to end the rampant speculation -- these types of events get their fodder from "official statements" that fail to answer directly reasons why events occurred.The group that manages the Facebook page for the New Mexico facility say they are cooperating with on an ongoing criminal investigation..The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy said "we became concerned that a suspect in the investigational potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents. For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location."AURA said it was their decision to vacate...
The sheriff in town offers a different opinion, of course.. initially when the facility closed Benny House told …

It appears that Sunspot solar observatory and nearby post office was shut down because a janitor had child porn images

This is what KTSM is reporting: New Mexico observatory closed for security reasons to reopen A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.The source of child pornography was traced to an IP address used at the observatory and a source within the building observed a computer with "not good" images on it, the warrant states.An investigation by the FBI revealed that a janitor is the main suspect in the search, however he has not been charged with a crime even though his name in on the warrant.The warrant states the suspect would use the observatory Wifi and a personal laptop to download the child pornography. X X X X So that is now officially the official story. We are told. Of course people online are questing the veracity of the stated series of events and how a janitor, who it took days to track down for having images of child porn, is the reason that an entire observatory…

Intrigue in China: Where is Fan Bingbing

From CNN:

Fan Bingbing, one of China's highest-paid and most bankable stars, has appeared in both Chinese and Western films, including the multimillion-dollar X-Men franchise. Across the country, her face once adorned thousands of advertisements, her star power used to sell a galaxy of luxury brands, from Cartier to Louis Vuitton. She was a regular sight at major award shows and fashion ceremonies. In 2015, Time Magazine named her China's "most famous actress."  But the film star hasn't been seen in public since early June, when, according to a post on her verified social-media account, she went to visit a children's hospital in Tibet. In an article by state media Securities Daily on September 6, which was later deleted, the publication said Fan had been brought "under control and about to receive legal judgment." No official statement has been made as to Fan's whereabouts, or any potential criminal charges against the actress.  However, in a country …