By Kanti Kasa
January 29th 2014
And just when you thought the stories of HAARP was all over! Well apparently, HAARP definitely exists, and is still being used today! We've stumbled across a video which was posted this morning regarding snow, and how it did not melt normally.. but it was more, on the scale of "Not Normal", and just plain weird! The snow melted like nothing.. as a matter of fact, it melted more like Styrofoam! Crazy right? We thought so too, which is why we decided to share the video with you all.
The video was made and posted by the artist; Dredlakh RA
"Is this even eatable?" I've wondered and asked out loud.
When kids go outside to play in the snow during the cold winter season, the first thing they do is look up to the sky, and open their mouths to try to catch the cold flakes, only to see what it tastes like. Is this even safe to do anymore? So many questions, though they haven't.. really been answered. I guess with Styrofoam snow, kids might as well eat the Styrofoam which comes in packages.
What are your thoughts on this? Feel free to leave a comment!
Fantasy Crew's WHHA Radio Show writer; Kanti Kasa
Published January 29th 2014; CopyRight © 2014
The video was published and created by Dredlakh RA - All Rights Reserved
By WBRC Staff - email
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 3:03 PM EST
Updated: Jan 28, 2014 8:37 PM EST
If you can see a business, church or other establishment that you can drive or walk to, authorities urge you to do so before dark.
Law enforcement and emergency personnel also recommend that if you are already in a warm place, you should consider staying there for the duration.
Here are a list of places that have made themselves available for drivers to find shelter and a place to stay warm:
-Birmingham Botanical Gardens are temporarily open as a shelter for drivers
-Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham (open as a warming shelter through Thursday morning)
-Southside Baptist Church, 1016 19th St. S.
-UAB Rec Center
-Pleasant Hills Missionary Baptist Church in Ensley on Avenue C
-K & M Auto Services, LLC, 501 University Blvd.
-Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover
-Hoover Rec Center, 600 Municipal Drive
-Hoover City Hall, 100 Municipal Lane
-Hoover fire stations
-Greystone Elementary, 300 Village Street
-Spain Park High School, 4700 Jaguar Drive
-Hoover Public Safety Center Court Room, 2020 Valleydale Road
-Prince of Peace Church - 4050 Preserve Parkway, Hoover
-Pelham Civic Center. City officials say to call 911 only in a life-threatening emergency due to the call volume. The police department's non-emergency line is 205-620-6550.
-Southeastern Bible College on Valleydale Road has opened as a warming station (hot coffee, bathrooms, soup, etc.).
-University of Montevallo Student Activity Center, UM Station 6630, Montevallo, AL 35115
-Honors Salon at 4500 Valleydale Road
-Sports Blast on US 280 at Highway 41
-Helena United Methodist Church, 2035 Highway 58
-Brown Heating and Cooling, 400 Brook Lane Drive in Hueytown
-Horizon Church - 2345 Columbiana Road in Vestavia
-The YMCA on Columbiana Road in Vestavia Hills
-Greater Birmingham Humane Society, 300 Snow Drive in Homewood
-First Baptist Church of Birmingham, 2309 Lakeshore Drive (Homewood)
-Dawson Baptist Church Rec Center, 1114 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209
-Oakmont United Methodist Church, 914 Oak Grove Rd.
-Rec Center, 809 Green Springs Highway
-St. Mark United Methodist Church - 2901 Columbiana Road in Vestavia
-First United Presbyterian Church of Forestdale - 1375 Tomahawk Road
-True Life Baptist Church, 275 Chickasaw Drive, Forestdale
-Cahaba Valley Fire Department
-Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road in Mountain Brook
-Trussville City Hall, 131 Main Street
-Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road
-Taylor United Methodist Church on Sweeny Hollow Road is open as a shelter. This is in the Chalkville/Clay/Pinson area.
-Church at Brook Hills main building is open at 3145 Brook Highland Pkwy. Call 313-7777 if you need directions.
Cantebury United Church Mountain Brook off of Overlook Road
-Gardendale Civic Center
-Leeds Civic Center
ST. CLAIR COUNTY
-Pell City Civic Center
-Victory Christian School, 154 Victory Ln, Pell City, AL 35125
-Bible Methodish Campground, 1355 Chula Vista Drive, Pell City. If you're on I-20 take exit 153.
-Moody Methodist Church, 820 Church Street
-Steele Methodist Church
-Springville Methodist Church
-Pell City Courthouse
-New Generation Ministry in Jasper
-Townley Church of God in Townley will open their life center Wednesday and Thursday night
-First Baptist Church Sylacauga
-Salvation Army in Gadsden, 114 North 11th Street
-Glencoe Fire Hall
-Altoona Community Center
-If you or someone you know needs access to a warm place, please call 311 or 205-349-2121 for more information about warming stations.
-Goodwater gym at the Caldwell Center
-Anniston: The Salvation Army on Noble Street. Warming station hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 pm. As always, the Salvation Army shelter is available 24/7 for anyone who needs a place to stay overnight.
-Anniston: The Greenbrier Baptist Church will be providing a warming station at their church beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. until Thursday, Jan. 30 at 8 a.m. They have cots and blankets that were provided by Red Cross. They are asking for assistance for perishable food items, monetary donations and toiletries.
If you know of a shelter that is open, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Lauren Hockenson, Giga Om
Facebook on Thursday announced the final phase of removing an old privacy feature from the social media platform. The feature, which allows users to be hidden from search, will finally be taken away for users who have it enabled.
The feature, called "Who can look up your Timeline by name?" was removed from Privacy settings last year (noted in a December blog post) for those who didn't have it enabled. When enabled, the setting removes the ability for users to access a Timeline profile via search, even when a user puts in the exact name of the person he or she is locating. Now, users that still have that feature enabled will begin to see removal notices from Facebook, indicating that they will be present and visible in Graph Search along with the rest of the Facebook user base.
Facebook says in the blog post that the feature is a vestigial precaution that reaches back before the platform had a sophisticated search algorithm. When Facebook search acted as a mere directory, removing oneself from search made it more difficult for strangers to access a given profile. But now, as Open Graph opens up to search more settings and there is greater visibility of Timelines for friends of friends, the importance of finding a person through search has diminished while controlling the content on any given Timeline has become more important. Facebook says that the feature also caused hiccups in the user experience:
"People told us that they found it confusing when they tried looking for someone who they knew personally and couldn't find them in search results, or when two people were in a Facebook Group and then couldn't find each other through search."Of course, the sunsetting of this feature for those who care about it the most only stresses the importance of checking and updating Facebook privacy settings often. Now, it's more important to consider the content of the Timeline itself: a "private Timeline" is only such when content is marked explicitly "Friends Only." As Facebook continues to make search easier, it's important to keep in mind how these changes impact social media privacy at large.
The year’s first tropical storm made landfall in Florida on Thursday. From St. Petersburg to Cedar Key, rain flooded the streets, slowing traffic and closing businesses for the day. Beachgoers along the Gulf Coast have been warned to watch out for dangerous rip currents. The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reports.
BY JASON MAJOR
One of the more well-known objects within our galaxy, the Ring Nebula has been observed by astronomers since the late 1700s. It is a definitive planetary nebula, visible from Earth as a bright and multi-colored ring of material violently expelled from a sun-like star reaching the end of its life. Looking like a gigantic cosmic eye, the Ring Nebula has been imaged countless times — but new observations with the Hubble Space Telescope have finally revealed its true shape.
It’s a big donut.
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Cosmic perspectives can be tricky. It’s often difficult to tell exactly how far away objects are in space, and sometimes the closer things are, the less precise the measurements get — mostly due to a lack of convenient distance markers.
The Ring Nebula (cataloged as Messier 57) is thought to be a little over 2,000 light-years away within our galaxy, which is relatively close by… again, give or take a few tens of light-years. And even though it might look like a flat ring of material expanding out into space (not unlike the “enhanced” explosion of the Death Star) it actually has much more depth to it — we just happen to be looking at it almost straight down from the top.
Astronomers investigating the Ring Nebula using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 have obtained the image above, the clearest and most detailed view yet of the structure, which is about a light year across. Further studies with ground-based telescopes show that not only is there material around the edges but also in the center, moving toward and away from us. And it’s all surrounded by an outer halo.
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So actually the Ring Nebula is shaped like a football wrapped by a donut around its middle… inside a bubble.
“With Hubble’s detail, we see a completely different shape than what’s been thought about historically for this classic nebula,” said team leader C. Robert O’Dell of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. “The new Hubble observations show the nebula in much clearer detail, and we see things are not as simple as we previously thought.”
Watch a video of M57′s structure here.
And even though the Ring Nebula may seem static and serene from our point of view, it’s the result of a very catastrophic event — and it’s still quite dynamic.
As vast shells of rapidly outward-expanding material slam into slower-moving material, they become ionized and glow brightly, creating the nebula as we see it. And all that stuff is still movingvery quickly through space — over 43,000 mph (69,200 km/h)!
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According to the team, the material in the Ring Nebula will continue to expand for another 10,000 years, becoming fainter and fainter as it fades into interstellar space.
(I don’t know about you, but donuts certainly don’t last that long in my house.)
Rescue workers went building to building Tuesday in search of victims and thousands of survivors were left homeless a day after a massive tornado tore through a suburb of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people.
After a long day of searching - emergency crews lifted broken doors, moved sections of shattered walls and tossed aside bricks looking for survivors as cadaver dogs sniffed through the rubble - Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said he believed all the dead and missing had been accounted for.
"We've checked the area with thermal imagers, as well as gone door to door, so we feel like we're fixing to go from rescue and searching to recovery," Lewis told CNN.
The death toll of 24 was lower than initially feared, but nine children were among the dead, including seven who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit on Monday in the deadliest tornado to strike theUnited States in two years. About 240 people were injured.
Emergency workers pulled more than 100 survivors from the debris of homes, schools and a hospital after the tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City region with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour, leaving a trail of destruction 17 miles long by 1.3 miles wide.
"Can you imagine a lion, like a huge lion? You mix it with a freight train and that's what it was like. Scariest thing I've ever heard in my life," said Kim Limke, 40, inOklahoma City's Westmoor subdivision. "It was like a freight train came out of a lion's mouth."
Limke rode out the tornado at her daughter's school and was surrounded by its destruction on Tuesday at her rented Westmoor home. For blocks around, houses were reduced to heaps of rubble and trees were stripped of their leaves. The air was tinged with the smell of wet pine from wrecked homes.
The National Weather Service upgraded its calculation of the storm's strength on Tuesday, saying it was a rare EF5, the most powerful ranking on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour.
'A LOT OF CHAOS'
In the hours right after the storm, many more people had been feared dead. At one point, the Oklahoma state medical examiner's office said the toll could rise as high as 91, but on Tuesday officials said 24 bodies had been recovered, down from a previous tally of 51.
The earlier numbers likely reflected some double-counted deaths, said Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the medical examiner.
"There was a lot of chaos," she said.
Shelters were opened for families who lost their homes, and universities offered to house people. Albert Ashwood, director of Oklahoma's department of emergency management, said it was too early to say how many people were left homeless, but clearly it was thousands, given the extent of the damage.
The National Guard, firefighters from more than a dozen fire departments and rescuers from other states were involved in the search-and-rescue effort in Moore, a town of 55,000 people. Washington deployed 300 federal disaster workers to Oklahoma.
Plaza Towers Elementary School was one of five schools in the path of the tornado. "They literally were lifting walls up and kids were coming out," Oklahoma State Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said. "They pulled kids out from under cinder blocks without a scratch on them."
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said the damage to property was likely to exceed that caused by the 2011 twister in Joplin, Missouri, which killed 161 people. Insured losses from the Joplin tornado exceeded $2 billion and are expected to rise as claims are settled.
Disaster modeling company AIR Worldwide estimated the replacement value of the properties within a mile of each side of the tornado's track at around $6 billion. The figure represents a rough estimate of the potential upper limit of losses, not an actual loss estimate, it said.
'AS LONG AS IT TAKES'
President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts.
"The people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them, as long as it takes," Obama said at the White House.
Lewis, the Moore mayor, warned residents of the danger of electrocution and fire from downed power lines and broken natural gas lines. Thunderstorms and lightning slowed the search effort and made conditions tough for families left with nothing but their clothes.
At Moore's Eastwood Estates, Nicole Moore, 32, and her husband, Kelly Regouby, 43, picked through the wreckage of what had been the master bedroom of their home.
During the storm, the couple, their 9-month-old son, Regouby's 20-year-old daughter andMoore's mother huddled in a shelter built into the floor of their garage. The house came down over them, but they emerged with only scratches.
On Tuesday, they recovered rain-soaked family pictures and mementos.
"As long as we find stuff like this, I'll be happy," Mooresaid, her voice breaking. "We'd give up 10 of these houses to have our family safe."
In the neighborhood, brick walls were flattened and pink insulation was scattered everywhere. Hundreds of cars looked as if they had been shelled. In a sign of the tornado's strength, a bicycle wheel found in a sodden field had lost its rim and the spokes were wrapped around the hub.
Authorities warned the town 16 minutes before the tornado touched down just after 3 p.m. That amount of time is more than the average eight to 10 minutes of warning.
FIVE SCHOOLS HIT
U.S. Representative Tom Cole, who lives in Moore, said thePlaza Towers school was the most secure building in the area.
"And so people did the right thing, but if you're in front of an F4 or an F5 (in tornado strength), there is no good thing to do if you're above ground. It's just tragic," he said on MSNBC-TV.
Miguel Macias and his wife, Veronica, had two children at the Plaza Towers school. They found 8-year-old Ruby after workers rescued the girl but their son, 6-year-old Angel, was nowhere to be found, said Brenda Ramon, pastor of the Faith Latino Church where the family are members.
Ramon and several congregation members spent hours helping the family search for Angel. He was located at a medical center in Oklahoma City about five hours after the tornado hit.
"It was heart-breaking," Ramon said. "We couldn't find him for hours." The boy had wounds to his face and head, but was not badly hurt, Ramon said. "Their little bodies are so resilient," he said.
Witnesses said Monday's tornado appeared more fierce than a giant twister that was among the dozens that tore up the area on May 3, 1999, killing more than 40 people and destroying thousands of homes. That tornado ranked as an EF5.
The 1999 tornado ranks as the third-costliest in U.S. history, having caused more than $1 billion in damage at the time, or more than $1.3 billion in today's dollars. Only the devastating Joplin and Tuscaloosa tornadoes in 2011 were more costly.
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