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Thursday ..

All for your reading displeasure.. Links from around the world and beyond..

FARMERS ALMANAC predicting extreme cold winter..

Weather watching.. this is Cristobal--he does not exist yet.. but he's expected to form and get really, really close to the East coast next week.. Or maybe the Gulf Coast.. or maybe no where. There is extreme inconsistency with the storm, models had it hitting Ne Orleans yesterday.. some have it missing.. and now this has it near Jersey and New York City by August 29.. As said yesterday: Keep tuned to the models being posted by users on the Accuweather forum..

Yesterday it was reported that Twitter users dispalying grisly photographs of the beheading of James Foley would be suspended.. today we learn that even though they did too the NEW YORK POST and DAILY NEWS will not be..

Foley's captors initially asked for big ransom.. we didn't give them money, but often the UK did for other hostages.. Something that has helped enrich ISIS..

British writer Stephen Glover says he watched the Foley murder video and wishes he hadn't..implores readers not to.. Glover writes, "This gruesome video is the latest, and perhaps the most shocking, example of what has become known as ‘jihadist porn’. "

Worry is growing over the other journalist being held in Iraq..

Fist bumps and golf: People furious as Obama goes golfing after speaking of James Foley's beheading..

TIME magazine writes: The real war that's coming won't be about race, it will be the class war..

Fourth secret of Fatima revealed? .. During a pilgrimage to Fatima in 2010, Pope Benedict said, "It is mistaken to think that Fatima's prophetic mission is completed."..

An intense earthquake swarm continues to rattle Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano, adding to fears that a potential eruption could disrupt the region’s air traffic..

Cracked: A follow up to something we reported yesterday.. Here is video from the crack forming in the Earth in Mexico.. It's huge and seems to be deepening..

Antarctica and Greenland are shrinking at a frightening rate.. Thinning of ice has tripled since 2009.

Doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug released from Atlanta hospital..

New study claims that vaccines increase autism chances by 340%.. The news comes as a whistleblower from the CDC goes public..

Whistleblower: "U.S. Centers for Disease Control Manipulated Data, Covered-Up Higher Incidence of Autism in African American Boys"

FUK-ED: No room for beach towels on the West Coast as millions of jelly-fish 'like' creatures wash up ..

DATING NAKED star Jesse Nizewitz is suing Viacom for failing to blur her crotch on an episode of the program.. But .. she was on DATING NAKED.. Just sayin'..

Richard Dawkins, the most loved atheist everyone loves to hate, now says this: It would be immoral not to abort a fetus with down syndrome.. But wouldn't it be more immoral to force people to do so, Richie? But let's face it, if there's one thing Dawkins loves more than denying the existence of a higher power, it's fame and attention. I am fine with atheists.. But I believe that Richard Dawkins find himself to be god


VARIETY reviews AS ABOVE SO BELOW: "When Scarlet finally does uncover the solution to the Philosopher’s Stone — this legend of alchemy rumored to possess healing powers and the ability to turn ordinary objects into gold — the final reveal is unspeakably corny, suggesting that an hour of therapy might have delivered the same advice"

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEWS AS ABOVE SO BELOW: "Along with a well-chosen closing song from French DJs Scratch Massive, and one or two genuine scares, that's about the best this excursion has to offer"

It's all about perspective.. THIS is what our skies would look like if Saturn was the same distance as the moon away.. Things would sure be different..



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 …