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10:00 PM: We don't know much more tonight than we did earlier today.. the United States confirmed tonight what was reported all day: The Malaysian flight was shot down over Ukraine today..
Earlier reports that the flight had 295 aboard were wrong: There were 298. Ukraine accused separatists of doing it. Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine..
While we don't know any real facts, we see the burning sensation as it begins to take over the planet.. Israel has begun its ground war in Gaza, moments after the shoot down of the Boeing 777 was shot down by something over Ukraine..

The world is on fire..

The story will develop and we will follow..

5:48 PM:
The black box has been sent to Moscow for investigation..
American intel: Shot down..
Blown out of the sky..

1:08 PM: Video now revealed of smoking plane crash site..

Also: More images are circulating on Twitter reportedly showing debris from the crashed Malaysian flight..

RT has also posted a slightly graphic photo of wreckage and bodies being extinguished with a fire hose..

12:57 PM: At this point the only source reporting the plane was the victim of a missile appears to be Ukraine--though the evidence is appearing to become more and more clear .. Bodies are scattered for miles.. first responders have found at least 100 bodies.. At this point, Malaysian has confirmed nothing--saying that there is no 'confirmation' that the plane was shot down. It is interesting to note, however, that a Ukranian fighter jet was shot down by Russia on Wednesday evening..

12:45 PM: Facebook page of Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to the Ukraine interior ministry, says that terrorists show down the plane with a Buk surface-to-air missile system..

12:43 PM: The Kremlin has put out a statement that Putin informed Obama about crash..

12:38 PM: Grainy images are now emerging of smoke billowing from the crash site..

12:35 PM: Networks in US are beginning to go wall-to-wall with coverage..

12:32 PM: The plane was shot down near the Ukraine/Russian border.. Reuters is reporting that body parts have been scattered at least 7 miles from the crash site.. Pro-separatists in Ukraine claim they did not shoot down the airliner..

It all began with this tweet today:

12:21PM: A Malaysian flight with 295 on board has been shot down.. This blaring news is greeting the entire world today.. there is also chilling video of smoke rising at the site where it occurred.. The Malaysia Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was shot down, Russia's Interfax reported..
The Boeing 777 was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry quoted by the news agency said..
No word from President Barack Obama or President Vladimir Putin at this time..

The fear I have had was that 2014 was going to be the year when the world war switch ignited.. we don't have an Arch Duke .. but now we have a downed Malaysian flight..



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…


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 …