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The Sunday morning sidewalk, as the Fourth of July weekend ends

The Sunday morning sidewalk..
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War of the children.. days after three Israeli boys were killed, at least 6 killed a Palestinian boy.. Israel now made arrests as the world watches.. the murder of Mohammad Abu Khdair was most likely a revenge killing for the deaths of Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both aged 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach..
The insanity continues..

America the... violent. At least 32 people shot in big cities over Fourth of July weekend..

Edward Snowden has released some more information.. at this point, either Americans will be completely numb to it or it may finally start to matter: Most of the online accounts that get investigated by the NSA belong to just everyday people.. As a matter of fact, MOST of the information the NSA has did not come from intended targets of investigations..
Even more from the WASHINGTON POST on this... The POST details how the NSA intercepts photographs.. Barton Gellman, Julie Tate, and Ashkan Soltani write, in part: "Scores of pictures show infants and toddlers in bathtubs, on swings, sprawled on their backs and kissed by their mothers. In some photos, men show off their physiques. In others, women model lingerie, leaning suggestively into a webcam or striking risque poses in shorts and bikini tops." MORE HERE..

Foreign couples heading to America to 'rent' wombs..

Virus devastating the pork industry..
The virus is killing 100,000 piglets per week at this point..

Expert says that by he year 2045, the top species will no longer be humans..

A man is in the hospital after too much headbanging at a rock concert made his brain bleed..

Being YOUNG in the United States increases your chances of being jobless.. No more worries about child labor if people stop hiring children.. But young adults, too suffer.. 40% of millennials are out of work.. Generation X isn't fairing so much better either making up 37% of the unemployed..

Pope Francis says ANY personal relationship with Jesus is dangerous..

SHARK ATTACK! Just SOUTH of Manhattan!

A world without gingers? Climate change could make red hair a thing of the post.. So says a DNA expert in Scotland..


The mood manipulation experiment that Facebook performed on people has everyone really moody.. angry.. annoyed. But there are some other rarely spoken of issues to worry about on Facebook.. And amazing article written by Thomas Claburn at INFORMATION WEEK discusses ten problems in detail.

Russian police launch search for couple filmed having sex on public fountain--as the video goes viral..

Joan Rivers is NOT backing down, and refusing to say sorry for calling Michelle Obama a transgender..

Where the moviegoers still go to movies: China.. and because of big numbers, Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS could earn a China box office record.. this is the reason many films are changed and re-thought.. It's not just an American box office, and China's numbers mean real business--movies will further attempt to get big audiences across the seas.. Meanwhile in the American box this week: TRANSFORMERS stays 1, TAMMY was 2, 22 JUMP STREET 3, and DELIVER US FROM EVIL 4..

I have written before that if ghosts can figure out how to use technology to create EVPs, it would not be long before they master newer forms of technology.. and now a Romanian woman claims her dead grandmother send her a SELFIE from beyond the grave..

And finally, at this point, enjoy or be sickened by this image.. I thought it was a great way to end today's Sunday morning sidewalk.



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 …


Real news has become surreal.. I find many headlines of our current day to relate back to THE STAND.. I know the comparison is a little fuzzy, and my overdoing it may be annoying to some. But when the strange similarities to me are striking.. The STAND starts in Texas. And in real life Texas is the center stage for the Ebola scare. And even worse, the endless stories of people 'coming back to life' are getting bizarre--though we can assume that parts of Africa cannot truly pinpoint the cause of death, so somene coming back to life is moot: The person probably wasn't dead. At least we hope they weren't.. Though SNOPES can tell us it's a hoax, try to explain the high strangeness of ABC NEWS filming a dead man and suddenly seeing him moving..

Continuing to the real news of the day (though it seems like fiction half of the time), focus is now turning on how Thomas Duncan got inot the United States. The Washington POST is giving us an hour by hour synopsis of what happen…