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Fiery fourth news of the world

Some fourth of July happenings, abbreviated for space and time.. and because you don't have time to read it all--not the guts to view the worst of the worst on a day that should celebrate the best of the best in the United States (where the majority of my hits come from and where I live) .. But besides that, here's a few headlines taking shape and making waves:

Hurricane Arthur made landfall as a strong storm in North Carolina in the early hours of Fourth of July.. Heavy rain, high winds, and rip currents will grace the entire day for those affected by the storm along the East Coast.. At that point, Nova Scotia may be the next in line for strong winds and flooding.. according to reports live from the scene, the state dodged most of Arthur's bullet because the hurricane cracked limbs and rattled homes, but then left the scene..

Let's contemplate the serious nature of this news for a moment: Drug resistant TB, dengue fever, and Ebola, are now all in the United States. Various places.. various diseases--and the immigration nightmare currently taking place in the deep south can only make negative thoughts prevail that only unmitigated diseases will be trouncing through your back yard one day soon.. Also enter this onto your picture: The United Nations is warning that Ebola could become a worldwide pandemic. We already know it's out of control in Africa.. but could it get the rest..? When you see other stories like this you realize it could: There is already a fear of Western medicine in parts of Africa, the disease is spinning completely out of control, borders have been eliminated, and the race is now on to find 1,500 people or so how have the disease and are gone..

As horrified classmates look on, a student's mother stabs the teacher to death in front of the class.. This occurred in France. It is a big deal in that nation, with violence like this in schools rarely making news there..

People seem to worship the humor, or supposed humor, that Melissa McCarthy's movies have.. Until Rex Reed at the New York OBSERVER wrote this blistering piece on how her new film was as funny as a liver transplant.. Really, it is a review that sticks a knife deeply into the McCarthy style of movie acting..

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. or the pit: A college is giving girls extra credit to stop shaving their armpits..

Joan Rivers rips into the First Family.. she called Obama gay and said Michelle is a Tranny.. And funny enough, the Michelle Obama transsexual rumors have been around online in conspiracy forums for some time, with people analyzing her arm muscle mass and her facial structure.. Concerning Obama, early on the GLOBE and other supermarket tabloids that most people don't admit to reading while they are waiting in grocery store lines reported that President Obama, then not a president, was busy making love to men in the backseats of limos .. And now Joan Rivers finally picked up on all this and created a controversy by saying it.

This is very interesting: Criminal charges have been filed against the producers of the film MIDNIGHT RIDER.. that film was shut down after the crew was told to walk a train track. Trains were 'done' for that day. Then a crew member was killed on the tracks as a train actually showed up .. The LA TIMES reports on the criminal charges and asks if this will make the film industry take the safety of cast and crew members more seriously. My short answer: IT WON'T..

Box office update: TRANSFORMERS dominating July 4th box office.. TAMMY second.. DELIVER US FROM EVIL 3rd..

An FYI on DELIVER US FROM EVIL.. I have been notating some people who say the movie is the best horror in years. But judging from the scorecard at Rotten Tomatoes, that could not be further from the truth. A dismal 33% current approve of the film.. I didn't see it yet. But I intend on it.



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 …