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The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They Need

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:21

A viral video this week sheds light on a heart-rending situation: The radioactive puppies and dogs of Chernobyl.


Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:17

Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse today - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online. End of the world (23 Sept 2017) Of course, this isn't the first time time harbingers of doom have predicted the end of time; Nasa also had to deny the existence of Nibiru in 2012. Throughout history there have been similar claims, but thankfully none of them so far have been proved correct.  How did conspiracy theories about Planet X start? Online chatter about Nibiru began back in 1995 when Wisconsin native Nancy Lieder created the alien-conspiracy website ZetaTalk. Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe. The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction. Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters. Why September 23? It has been claimed an unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Bible’s Book of Revelation today, September 23, will signal the start of the end of the world.   However, the EarthSky blog notes there will be “nothing unique” about the sun, moon and planets on the date. “In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056,” explains astronomer Christopher M. Graney. Haven’t we been here before? Mars, with Earth visible in background Credit: Getty  This isn't the first time the apocalypse has been predicted: 1844 American Baptist teacher William Miller first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in 1833, predicting he would return in the year 1843. The Millerites were his followers and Millerism became a national movement, however when Jesus didn’t arrive, October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment. 1997 Twenty years ago, 29 members of Heaven’s Gate, a UFO religious millenarian group, committed suicide with the aim of boarding a UFO they believed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet before the supposed end of the world. 2003 Planet X was also supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerian people and was meant to hit Earth in 2003, but never arrived. “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012,” say Nasa. 2011 The end of the world was also supposed to arrive on 21 May 2011, with Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping predicting the Rapture would begin at 18:00 in each of the world's time zones, wiping out nay-sayers with rolling earthquakes as believers ascended to heaven. 2012 Nasa had to debunk an ancient Maya prophecy theory about the world ending back in 2012. The Mayan connection “was a misconception from the very beginning,” astrophysicist Dr. John Carlson said at the time. “The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date." 2015 Chris McCann, leader and founder of the eBible fellowship, said the world would be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7. McCann said he was "surprised" by the outcome and wrote a blog post entitled: "A response to being incorrect with the prediction that, in all likelihood, the world would end on October 7." What does Nasa say this time? Nasa is confident the world won't end  Credit: AFP Nasa has definitively dismissed wild theories about Nibiru as pseudoscience, issuing a number of statements denying its existence. “Various people are ‘predicting’ that world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” say Nasa. “The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision. The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the 'days of darkness' tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.” They add: “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth … astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. “Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.” Nasa fake news and the days of darkness tale A fake news story being widely shared online suggests Nasa has confirmed Earth will experience 15 days of complete darkness in November 2015. Another fake news video claims that Nasa has found Nibiru and confirmed it is heading straight for us. Debunking website Snopes explains the “days of darkness” tale is a “bit of fake news lifted from an older viral rumour” They say that it “had already been around the online block several times before,” adding, “it has long since become an evergreen online hoax — a jape that is typically resurrected a few times a year by dubious websites that simply update the time span for the alleged ‘period of darkness’ and send it winging around the internet again. What do other experts say? Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs and other mysteries for the Ministry of Defence, says “Nibiru doesn't exist”. He adds: “The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity.” Mr Pope told The Telegraph: “I'm certain Nibiru doesn't exist because if there really was a rogue planet heading for Earth, due to hit on Saturday, it would be visible to the naked eye by now. “Furthermore, astronomers would have been aware of its presence for years, both through direct observation and through gravitational effects on other planets in the solar system.” Why are some people so keen to promote this conspiracy? “The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations,” Pope says. “I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity.” Is there anything we should be worried about? “All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru,” Pope adds.  “There have been countless previous predictions of the end of the world. Self-evidently all these predictions were false. September 23 will pass without incident, just as we safely negotiated all the previous dates that had been put forward as doomsday.” Google Home spreads bizarre conspiracy theory A prepper's guide to everything you need to survive the apocalypse  


'Hallelujah': Slain nursing student's family praises verdict

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:00

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — It was a prayer circle 6 ½ years in the making.


Protesters against Turkey's president Erdogan again beaten up on US soil

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:26

Violence broke out at a New York hotel when protesters disrupted a speech by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As Mr Erdogan addressed supporters in Turkish at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, one man shouted in English “You’re a terrorist, get out of my country” before being struck and dragged away. Protesters were seen being hit and pushed by men in suits, thought to be the president’s bodyguards, his supporters or hotel security, before being thrown out of the venue.


India at UN calls Pakistan 'export factory for terror'

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:39

India's foreign minister took a swipe at Pakistan Saturday, telling the United Nations that its neighbor had given the world "terrorists" while India was producing top-notch doctors and engineers. "Why is it today India is a recognized IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognized only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?" Sushma Swaraj told the General Assembly. Swaraj offered a response to an address earlier in the week by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who at the UN podium accused India of "massive and indiscriminate force" in Kashmir.


Congo president says whoever killed U.N. experts will be punished

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:23

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations on Saturday that he would ensure those responsible for killing two U.N. investigators earlier this year would be punished. Michael Sharp, an American who was coordinator of an independent sanctions monitoring group, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed in central Congo on March 12 while carrying out investigations for a report to the U.N. Security Council. "We are determined to ensure that light is shed on the exact circumstances of this crime and to ensure that this horrendous act ... will not remain unpunished," Kabila said.


Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ‘Middle Skills’ Gap

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:16

Companies like Toyota, Boeing, General Motors and Dow Chemical are all starting or expanding specialized job training programs to bridge the gap in technical skills for "middle skills jobs."


Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats Herself

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:06

Holly the dog doesn’t beg for treats — she pays for them.


Inside Relief Flight to Hurricane Battered St. Thomas

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:03

NBC News got rare access inside a U.S. military relief flight supplying food, water and even a mobile air traffic control tower to St. Thomas — an island devastated by Hurricane Irma and hit again by Maria, delaying critical relief efforts.


Kylie Jenner Gives BFF Jordyn Woods a Mercedes-Benz for Her Birthday Amid Pregnancy News

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:52

Kylie Jenner may be pregnant with her first child, but on Friday it was all about her BFF Jordyn Woods


Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, concerts

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:36

With iconic buildings bathed in green light and planned cultural shows, concerts and fireworks, Saudi Arabia geared up to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom on Saturday. Car stereos blared patriotic songs as citizens began racing through the streets of the capital Riyadh at midnight in cars bedecked with the national flag to mark the annual event in the kingdom, founded in the 1930s. The national day celebration coincides with a crucial time for Saudi Arabia, which is in a battle for regional influence with arch-rival Iran, bogged down in a controversial military intervention in neighbouring Yemen and at loggerheads with fellow US Gulf ally Qatar.


Woman Charged After Allegedly Leaving Baby in Hot Car While She Shopped

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:55

She said she had to go make a return, according to authorities.


Last flight home for icon of 'German Autumn' of terror

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:37

Forty years ago next month, German anti-terror commandos stormed a Lufthansa jet in Somalia, shot its Palestinian hijackers and freed 90 hostages, a climax in a bloody era of far-left militancy. The 1977 Mogadishu raid became a symbol of the "German Autumn" when the state was at war with the "urban guerrillas" of the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, and their international allies. On Saturday, the storied old Boeing 737 "Landshut", having quietly rusted away in Brazil for almost a decade, finally came home, destined to serve as a memorial to that turbulent era.


Parents of Accused Teen: Boy’s Hanging Was Accidental

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 09:09

Rhianna Larkin and Eric Sullivan tell Newsweek the hanging of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire was a tragic mistake, not a hate crime.


These 7 Wild Creatures Were Found Deep In The Pacific

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 09:00

NOAA has been conducting years of deep sea exploration in the Pacific, researchers have found some pretty wild creatures.


Video Shows California Police Officer Shooting Man Multiple Times Outside 7-Eleven

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 08:26

Huntington Beach police officer was captured on a video struggling with a suspect and then shooting him multiple times in a convenience store parking lot.


Is Now the Time to Launch a Preemptive Military Strike on North Korea?

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 07:57

Polls indicate that a majority of the American population is supportive of military action against North Korea. As tensions with North Korea rise to dangerous levels, there are voices in the Congress starting to call for a preemptive military strike on the regime in Pyongyang. Indeed, polls indicate that a majority of the American population is supportive of military action against North Korea.


Police Shootings Are Killing Latinos

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 07:50

Latinos involved in police shootings have been widely underrepresented in the past few years.


Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate group

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 06:50

The Marriot hotel group are refusing to cancel an event organised by one of the largest anti-Muslim groups in America. ACT for America was launched as a response to the 9/11 attacks and it has been accused of existing “to advance anti-Muslim legislation and spread hate speech,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group, which claims to have 750,000 members and 1,000 volunteer groups, is holding its national two-day conference on 2 October in Arlington, Virginia, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel.


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