World News Section

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 7:05am

Above the fold: Information and links regarding emergency communication and people finder services. Please DO NOT use these pages or access the links unless you are actually looking for someone, particularly if you are not located in or around the affected areas.

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Google Activates Person Finder page

Google activates Person Finder for Japan quake, tsunami

Google Inc. has just activated a Person Finder page to help people concerned about loved ones in the area affected by Friday' more

Connecticut Man1
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:41am

The rise of the revolution in Egypt can be attributed in large part to social media:

Inside Egypt's Facebook Revolt

After hundreds of arrests in Cairo Wednesday, some protest organizers have gone missing and are presumed jailed. Now activists are using Egypt’s oldest social medium to keep up the fight.

In the days leading up to this read more

Open Thread
Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 6:00am

Via ABC News:

Gas pipeline blown up in Egypt

Unknown attackers have blown up an Egyptian terminal supplying gas to Israel near the Gaza Strip, amid raging protests against the regime of president Hosni Mubarak.

[...moreat the ABC News website>...]

The riots continue apace.

In other news, read more

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 7:39am

Toowoomba is Australia's second largest inland city, and its largest non-capital inland city.

With an estimated district population of 128,600.
There are more than 150 public parks and gardens in Toowoomba
Elevation: 691 m (2,267 ft)
Toowoomba sits on the crest of the Great Dividing Range - a mountain range.

But today, right now in fact, flash floods have taken the lives of 4 people.

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Connecticut Man1
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 1:05pm

Apparently a military budget was passed. Continuing trends... It is the largest military "Defense" budget ever. From Federal News Radio:

Congress has authorized the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with no major restrictions on the conduct of operations. This year's approved legislation includes $725 billion in defense programs, including $158.7 billion for overseas combat. Among its numerous provisions is a 1.4 percent pay raise for troops more

Connecticut Man1
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:25am

Just some quick Open Thread links below the fold to drive home the importance of Wikileaks:

First from Raw Story and featuring Michael Moore:

Michael Moore offers his servers to host Wikileaks docs, posts $20,000 bail

The liberal filmmaker and author announced in a web posting Tuesday that he had donated $20,000 to the cause of Julian Assange, more

Connecticut Man1
Monday, December 6, 2010 - 1:46pm

There are a lot of people out there screaming about treason and stuff when it comes to Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. I am going to completely skip any comment beyond this paragraph about the fact that Assange is not an American citizen and so, after consulting my "Treason For Dummies" book, it is beyond any and all sense of reason to yell that about  his being a traitor. But too many of our politicians and some media still managed to echo that crazy. Other chargesread more

Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 7:26pm

Bumped and promoted. Originally published 2010-12-04 08:09:35 -0500. -- GH

A senior citizen trying to steal coins from a donation box at a shrine in Tokushima fell and hit his head while attempting to flee the scene. He later claimed his six stitches were “punishment from God.”

A 35-year-old Japanese man was caught at the airport in Bali with 6kg of hash. Apparently, he recently more

Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 2:41pm

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2010-11-27 09:20:02 -0500. -- GH

A kids’ book written by a 34-year-old Tokyo housewife about the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Miyazaki Prefecture has become an internet hit, being downloaded approximately 2,600 times since late September. Sounds positively uplifting.

Kenya’s Daily Nation reported that a former more

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 9:54am

Related to the earlier piece about the trapped New Zealand miners, CNN now has this tragic news:


Miners' deaths a national tragedy, New Zealand prime minister says
By the CNN Wire Staff

November 24, 2010 7:07 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- All 29 miners trapped underground following an more