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Ascalon

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US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House
"Federal agencies are investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November of last year, that appear similar to mysterious, invisible attacks that have led to debilitating symptoms for dozens of US personnel abroad.
Multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN that while the Pentagon and other agencies probing the matter have reached no clear conclusions on what happened, the fact that such an attack might have taken place so close to the White House is particularly alarming."

Via CNN.
 

EnolaGaia

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Huge Region of Europe Destroyed by Asteroid Impact ... :willy:
... in Planetary Defense Exercise

In an alternate reality playing out at this year’s international Planetary Defense Conference, a fictional asteroid crashes over Europe, ‘destroying’ a region about 100 km wide near the Czech Republic and German border. The scenario was imagined, but the people who took part are very real, and the lessons learnt will shape our ability to respond to dangerous asteroids for years to come. ...
FULL STORY: https://scitechdaily.com/huge-regio...steroid-impact-in-planetary-defense-exercise/
 

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Huge Region of Europe Destroyed by Asteroid Impact ... :willy:
... in Planetary Defense Exercise

In an alternate reality playing out at this year’s international Planetary Defense Conference, a fictional asteroid crashes over Europe, ‘destroying’ a region about 100 km wide near the Czech Republic and German border. The scenario was imagined, but the people who took part are very real, and the lessons learnt will shape our ability to respond to dangerous asteroids for years to come. ...
FULL STORY: https://scitechdaily.com/huge-regio...steroid-impact-in-planetary-defense-exercise/
Oh dear. This is not looking good. It seems these disaster training exercises are sometimes followed up by a real event.

GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS
Simulations and real-world events have helped to influence pandemic-preparedness policy over the years.
2001: A simulation of a smallpox bioterror attack, called Dark Winter, precedes a series of US anthrax attacks by several months.
2003: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is reported in Asia. Caused by a coronavirus, it spreads to more than two dozen countries.
2005: The World Health Organization revises its International Health Regulations, including an agreement by countries to improve disease surveillance and reporting.
2009: H1N1 influenza (‘swine flu’) emerges in the United States.
2014: An outbreak of the Ebola virus is reported in West Africa.
2015: A Zika virus outbreak is confirmed in Brazil.
2017: A pandemic simulation takes place at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
2018: Two separate Ebola outbreaks begin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2019: Event 201, a simulation of a novel coronavirus pandemic, is held in New York City.
2020: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic kills more than 670,000 people in the first half of the year.*

*Sorry I can’t post the link to the article but it mentions a politician.
 

Trevp666

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our ability to respond to dangerous asteroids
Our current ability to 'respond to dangerous asteroids' being pretty much zero, I expect that anything that makes us less squishy and able to move out of the way more quickly would be an improvement.
 

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Helmets, it's all about helmets. :kersplat:

And to respond to other news:
WICKER FLICKER Druids burn 30ft wicker man as part of ancient May Day ritual
Sounds like a lot of air pollution to me! I thought neopagans were supposed to be nature lovers.
 

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Full story: Dog raises alarm to rescue cat that has fallen down a well.

An uplifting story of a dog that had seen enough Lassie films, but not enough Tom & Jerry cartoons. It knew how to raise the alarm, but forgot that cats are the ancient enemy. Oh, what life affirming lessons we could learn from this unprejudiced canine Samaritan!


Opening paragraph:
A cat has been rescued after a dog reacted to her meows coming from a ledge 20ft (6m) underground.

Firefighters were called to the well at a house on Main Street in Loddington, Northamptonshire at 14:53 BST on Tuesday.
Flea, who is nearly a year old and lives across the road, had been missing from her home for more than a week.
Her owner Freya Hill said the dog drew the attention of the people living at the house.
 

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Breaking news from Taiwan...

Debt dispute allegedly behind cockroach attack at Taipei restaurant

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Taipei, May 4 (CNA) A debt dispute between a restaurant owner and a criminal ring may be behind a bizarre cockroach attack at the Taipei restaurant Monday night while it was hosting a police gathering, according to Taipei Police Commissioner Chen Jia-chang (陳嘉昌).

Speaking Tuesday, Chen said the preliminary findings of the police investigation into the case at G House Taipei suggest that the unusual act may have been directed at the restaurant's owner, who allegedly owes money to the Bamboo Union, an organized crime ring.

Chen said the suspects were Bamboo Union members, and that there was no evidence indicating that the cockroach attack was targeted at police officers present at the restaurant.
https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202105040006
 

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More of a news story than just a headline, Lord Buckethead has rebranded as Count Binface.


Lord Buckethead lost his head due to a copyright claim by the owners of Gremloids. He is now back, as County Binface. However Lord Buckethead has also resurfaced, now with the blessing of the owners of Gremloids. They are now running against each other in the coming election.

https://news.yahoo.com/count-binface-former-lord-buckethead-195923283.html
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Responding to the unlikely re-incarnation of his former identity – whom he will now stand against, Count Binface said: “I look forward to both the hustings and to challenging the new ‘Lord Buckethead’ to take part in a receptacle-to-receptacle debate.”
Wonderful vote: Count Binface (Count Binface for Mayor of London): 24,775!
 
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