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THE THIRD OF JULY FIREWORKS

Fourth of July eve.. a smattering of news from the planet earth and beyond. Presented without fanfare or fireworks, ragged flags or post-industrial-America consternation. Just the facts ma'am. With random sentences of personal opining thrown in for fun.

Here is what I care about today, and perhaps what you should, too


The East Coast has been watching for a few days.. and now plans will be changed. Tropical Storm Arthur became a hurricane just in time for the Fourth of July.. It wasn't born on the fourth of July but it will be dangerous on it.. Thus far we know this: The storm is strengthening.. Hurricane hunters have been investigating. The pressure is dropping and winds have increased--80mph, up from 75.. the movement is shifting North Northeast..


The turn is beginning, which promises much of the storm to stay above land and the other portion, the outer bands, to strike the outer banks.. Continue to watch this storm as it develops.

Vacationers are fleeing..

A reminder for not only the Fourth of July but also every day if your life: Here are the all important 'dirty dozen' food items--the products that should be healthy but have been made awful by modern food conglomerates.. You are probably better off spending the splurge and buying organic when it comes to apples, carrots, green beans and cucumbers.. your long term health may thank you for it..


< Fourth of July thoughts.. maybe after all these 200+ years of American freedom, something has gone awry.. something very violent and dark has entered society's fabric? Perhaps the decline of America is accelerating. Look no further than this story of a 2-year-old beautiful child named Kamiya French. She was 2. And she was shot in the face as a revenge killing as retribution for an April shooting that wounded three people outside of a night club.

You are broken America.. it's time for a long look in the mirror and a true and deep discussion over what went wrong, why which quickening occurred, and what we can do it about it before the next American birthday makes us all grayer, more violent, more heartless, and more broken.


ANOTHER lightning bolt strikes New York City!

US warns of 'specific threat' at Uganda airport..

It's been 30 years since a horror movie has been opened at the box office during the Fourth of July weekend. . this year, it's DELIVER US FROM EVIL, the scary film about a cop in New York City battling demons and paranormal entities. Horror fans have described it as the scariest and best horror movie in decades.. NIKKI FINKE is predicting a number 3 opening for the movie.. Best of the weekend will still be TRANSFORMERS by all accounts.. the almost dominant movie will dominate even more.. Experts predict only $20 mil for DELIVER US FROM EVIL for the weekend. I actually predict that number is too low.. watch for it to move and shake.. Could it be the summer sleeper? The horror movie that could? Yes... fans have tired of the supernatural genre. But this movie seemingly dares to be different.. and if doesn't work for you, PURGE 2 comes to theaters later in the hot month of July..

WEEKEND THEATER COUNTS:
DELIVER US FROM EVIL: 3045
EARTH TO ECHO: 3230
TAMMY: 3465
But consistent: TRANSFORMERS: 4233 strong

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The African country where compasses go haywire..

TB CENTRAL: Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said..

This is why many people--including me--have some big fears of the future when it comes to drone technology.. Imagine a weird future when drones will be spying on your in your back yard--and those drones will suddenly crash down, revealing the secret mission but not yielding any information as to why you were being watched. It's not the future, though.. It actually just happened in Brighton, Colorado.. George Ray says that a drone equipped with a camera was taking video of his property .. he heard a beep noise and a sudden crash down. He isn't sure why a drone would want to film him cutting his lawn, but it was.. The first of many mysteries sure to come as drones begin to beep and click their ways over the free skies of America..


Perhaps this is a story best left for the 'tin foil' section of this site, but there was an amazingly fun and scary Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis the other night.. Remember those weird iPhone problems where SIRI would tell us the gates of hades were opening on July 27 2014? We are almost to that date.. and Clyde explained how those gates may actually have been opened. Listen to the show if you get the chance--in the dark would be appropriate.

And if you forget the SIRI weirdness from late 2013, here's a quick video reminder courtesy archived content on YOUTUBE..

An update on our story from Mexico last week of the girl who became 'possessed' by using a Quija board.. Turns out she also took a shamanic drug to contact her dead parents..

26 Japanese school girls fall ill and a mass panic attack is suspected to be the culprit.. According to the strange reports from the Fukuoka Prefecture, the girls became sick during class and school ended up being closed for the rest of the day. Even more: According to Yanagawa High School, a private school in the city of Yanagawa, a first-year student suddenly shrieked in the middle of a class and fell down at about 10 a.m. Two other students in the class fell into a similar state soon afterward, followed by students from other classes who came to check on the incident. Some of the students turned pale, though the exact cause of their sickness was not known..

But forgive me for doubting the 'mass panic' explanation.. a brief review of recent history concerning the Fukuoka Prefecture: The atmospheric dose of radiation from Fukushima has been high there.. The Fukushima Diary website also has a tag dedicated to Fukuoka.. .. mass panic sounds like a nice and quaint way of saying something is very wrong and making people very sick..

Interesting place for a strong earthquake: Near New Mexico border. With a nuke plant nearby..

The 11:11 experience: Are you seeing those numbers everywhere?

The ugly truth about your shrimp cocktail..

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