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Weird Wednesday news happenings from the world and beyond

This past weekend, a lightning strike made news: One World Trade Center was struck during a storm in New York City, video to prove it also exists.. My initial reaction to the amazing lightning strike was that it was a conglomeration of the souls who once housed the 8000 body parts that now lay in the 9/11 Museum. Perhaps they found out a wealthy and elite cocktail party was held on their makeshift gravesite next to the trinket shop..

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This is Chervony Lloern. She really isn’t there, it’s just her body. Her lifeless corpse.. she is making headlines across the Netland because, in death, she got a wish: Being propped up in a red rocking chair, surrounded by flowers and plants, and wearing her wedding gown.. Just another day at the Marin Funeral Home in Puerto Rico, as the WASHINGTON POST reports in full here..
This is Chevrony Lloren. She is dead--but in death she achieved her wish. She wanted to be showcased in her wedding dress in a red chair with plants and flowers around her.  A funeral home in Puerto Rico made it happen (and seemingly does so often)

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New details are emerging about the HUNGER GAMES killer Elliot Rodger. The 22-year-old virgin was seeing a therapist since the age of 8.. according to a family friend, he was also seeing the therapist "daily" .. While it's not yet known what drugs he was on, no doubt there was a mix and match of several..  He killed with a gun--but also with a knife.. 

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So much for bringing the girls home.. Nigeria said that the abducted school girls in the nation have a known location. But they cannot be rescued.. 

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Amazing news from beyond the Milky Way galaxy today.. There may have been (and may NOT have been) a Gamma Ray burst in the Andromeda Galaxy.. Scientists say that if one did actually occur, it's far away and will not destroy the planet earth. Data is still coming in--scarce at this point, reports say.. It was apparently either a Gamma Ray burst or an Ultraluminous X-ray object.  It may be worth remembering during Art Bell's brief Sirius stint, he interviewed Michio Kaku on his first program. Among the many topics discussed: What a Gamma Ray burst would do the planet earth should one occur close enough to hit..

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GlaxoSmithKline is under investigation in the UK by the Serious Fraud Office (real name, seriously) .. The criminal investigation is into the drug maker's commercial practices, according to reports.. The New York TIMES details some more in its reporting on the matter, but neither the drug company nor the Fraud office are providing any more background on what the fraud accusations may be..   but we do know this from REUTERS: The drug company already is facing claims of bribery in China and four other countries.   Shares are falling in the stock market..  But across the world today, vaccines are still being administered to crying children in pediatricians' offices en masse. So Glaxo still has that..

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NBC News' Brian Williams scored a major interview when he landed Edward Snowden.. the ads have been nonstop on all of the NBC stations for the event--it is an event and truly important that Americans get to see and hear what Snowden is about, and why he says he did what he did in revealing some of the deepest secrets from the spy underbelly .. On that same note, he apparently also told Brian Williams that he was not just a low-level contractor as the American media (and government) has previously said.. According to Snowden, he was trained as a spy and worked under cover for the US's biggest alphabet agencies..  The wide-ranging interview will air on NBC Wednesday at 10pm. It should be something watched by the entire nation..

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I am not certain if I published this before, but I have become addicted over the past few months to a website written by Caleb Wilde, a Philadelphia-based mortician who mocks death and ads humor to the dying process.. He has written a new blog post about dealing with death and grief.. He argues that if you are going through rough straits, seeing your pastor should be secondary to seeing a therapist.   A good read.  And something sadly that every human on this planet will face or has faced already: Grief about death and losing someone close..

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For those in the service industry (as I once was) .. here is a handy list if you're a bar going drunkard: These are the things NOT to do or say at a bar .. and certainly a list of comments NOT to say to your bartender.. My personal favorite: Don't hold your dollar up ..others have it too.
I never liked the bartender gig as much as I enjoyed serving tables in restaurants.. Male bartenders are treated differently than female.. I frankly think that bartenders are expected to be women, and when men see other males serving their drinks to them, the tips are much worse and the patrons leave much sooner. But on the flipside..

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QUICK HITS:

"Keep earth human" .. so says new TRANSFORMERS promo.. 

Pregnant woman stoned to death for marrying someone she loved..

How we treat our vets: Family says that VA cops stomped on veteran's head and killed him because he was trying to leave the VA facility.. 

The First Family food fraud? Obama's children get meatball subs and ice cream for lunch. 

Ehhhh?? CNN needs to go back to covering the flight 370 mystery.. Now apparently at least one news anchor (or script writer) thinks that the First Lady can sign bills into law.. Huh!?

Scary: Are we seeing the beginnings of a new dust bowl of the 21st century?

Big box retailers have really scary first quarter..

3rd grade teacher making kids pay to use the bathroom.. This is beyond outrageous.. 

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STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..


Before discussion.. take a glance:



My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…

THE UNLUCK OF THE IRISH: TROPICAL STORM MAY HIT IRELAND!!

Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …

A dog eat dog afterlife

I read a somewhat moving article on HUFF PARANORMAL about a man who lost his pet dog.. In death, he sought to find the animal’s spirit.. His method was to use a smoke bomb and camera.. The author of the article is sure that he saw the face of his beloved deceased pet on the foggy image..
Before you laugh and mock, there’s two things to note.. First off, science can explain so much. But there’s a cutoff when science stops.. At least at this point. Logic may say that this image is just smoke within smoke.. For for the believer when faith, it’s something more. And science by no means can explain even a morsel of faith., And secondly– perhaps this would be more for pet owners– who didn’t lose an animal and feel the presence of that same beloved pet after death? And even more, I have known a handful of people that claimed per visitation from an afterlife.. In my own circumstance, I fondly remember seeing my dog Newt walk by my door. It was after he died. I had a witness– he saw it but years l…