A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.
Students said the gunman was staring at his victims as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety, while others were told to stay put inside classrooms at the school 30 miles north of Seattle.
The gunman was identified as student Jaylen Fryberg, a government official with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
As much as I like to drive out to somewhere spectacular in pursuit of good landscape I often find it smart to shoot right at home. It also got me thinking about the kinds of images where most of the consumer cell or point and shoot cameras just can’t quite pull it off. The pinhole/small sensor approach has it’s limits. This time I brought along a spray bottle to spice things up. The time of day was the worst almost noon on a clear day. But that’s the exercise-Use that better gear to pull off a nice shot despite limitations of circumstance. Take a minute to focus on exposure and composition.
What did I learn? in the end this is a pinhole shot, F32 has the aperture closed most of the way. the span from foreground to back on the plant is almost a foot. But it’s a big sensor pinhole shot. It’s a shot that any inexpensive DSLR or full function mirrorless can get. And given a little better than point and shoot cameras you could too.
Shot on my 7D and with a 60mm Canon macro. Stopped down to f32 to get the depth of field. Plenty of light, exposure was 1/30 with the ISO at a clean 400. Camera was mounted on a Manfrotto “Magic arm”. A good accessory for macro. Puts a camera on a table edge or handrail solidly.
Around 8 am this morning my wife started grumbling the TV wasn’t working. I reset the U-verse box as per usual but the problem persisted. It was clear right away this was something beyond a typical glitch because of an emergency message displayed on the screen. According to the message, there was a national emergency and the White House was requesting I stand by for important information. In addition the set was apparently “force tuned” to NBC. There was no way to change channels.
My wife wanted me to call AT&T, but I started by poking around online and soon I discovered a thread on the AT&T customer forums filled with people experiencing the same thing.
By the time I arrived for work, the story was already being pushed by several media outlets.
A couple of hours later, the truth came out:
FEMA issued a statement friday afternoon confirming that a radio station program set off a false emergency alert that froze stations earlier today for AT&T U-verse customers and impacted others in several states including Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Detroit.
“This morning, there was an inappropriate playing of the national emergency alert notification tones on a syndicated radio broadcast,” FEMA spokesperson Rafael Lemaitre said in a statement. “There is not a national emergency. Today’s broadcast triggered alert notification in states where the alert has been played.”
The statement went on to stay that such alerts are designed automatically set off more emergency alerts by other television stations and radio networks. The incident is now being investigated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission.
“Certain alerts, like the one broadcast today, are designed to be automatically picked up and rebroadcasted by other radio and TV stations,” the FEMA official said. “FEMA and the FCC are currently working with broadcasters to determine the full scope of the situation.”
Of course since FEMA is involved and the interruption effectively hijacked users TV sets while it was ongoing, it didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to jump on the incident.
Two of the more prominent Google search results on the matter are articles titled:
Obama just took over my TV - What the heck?
NSA Collaborator AT&T Throws POTUS Emergency Switch
And there was plenty of Twitter action on the matter:
Alert system, "can only be activated by the President in times of emergency," yet AT&T denies feds involved! http://t.co/dm9znIXTtF
Steven De Gracia 3 mins "TEST RUN!!! SHEEPLE WILL JUST GO BACK TO WATCHING SPORTS!!!" http://t.co/YaQa1BMdKx
Don't worry, friends. We're just testing the Ebola Outbreak messaging system. O.o http://t.co/SN6BSfqT2R
The most common line of the tinfoil brigade is, as you might expect, that the events of this morning were a “test run” of some Obama masterminded plan to take over all media and bring the country to its knees.
There was also frustration expressed at the fact the boxes had “force tuned” people primarily to those evil Liberal networks CBS and NBC instead of letting the patriots of the nation stay on their Fox news.
Others insisted we should take this very seriously since Obama is the ONLY one who could have triggered this signal. A quick Google search shows that is patently untrue and what happened was merely caused by an error. The President has zero involvement in this whole thing, but don’t tell them that, it ruins the narrative,
This situation merely highlights a potential flaw in the Emergency Alert system. Nothing more, nothing less. Certainly not a vast conspiracy or front page news.
Warning - be prepared for a mountain of derp over this one:
First, the published paper by Jesse T. Richman, Gulshan A. Chattha, and David C. Earnest:
• First use of representative sample to measure non-citizen voting in USA.
• Some non-citizens cast votes in U.S. elections despite legal bans.
• Non-citizens favor Democratic candidates over Republican candidates.
• Non-citizen voting likely changed 2008 outcomes including Electoral College votes and the composition of Congress.
• Voter photo-identification rules have limited effect on non-citizen participation.
In spite of substantial public controversy, very little reliable data exists concerning the frequency with which non-citizen immigrants participate in United States elections. Although such participation is a violation of election laws in most parts of the United States, enforcement depends principally on disclosure of citizenship status at the time of voter registration. This study examines participation rates by non-citizens using a nationally representative sample that includes non-citizen immigrants. We find that some non-citizens participate in U.S. elections, and that this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes, and Congressional elections. Non-citizen votes likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress.
They just conveniently happen to have an article in the WaPo today:
I won’t cut out paragraphs to highlight as the whole thing ought to be read.
Here’s the first thing I notice - no where do the authors state that the non-citizens are here illegally. The non-citizens could well be legal residents (and in their countries of birth legal residents there may have some voting rights and thus they might assume likewise here.)
Secondly, the authors admit that the data sample is small.
Because of that, I think it is irresponsible of them to speculate that the key Senate votes were influenced by these non-citizen voters.
Anyway, consider yourselves forewarned - you will be beaten over the head with this paper by your local xenophobes.
In the WaPo article they suggest that the Minnesota US senate outcome was indeed decided by non-citizen votes. In other words, Franken would not have been elected if the non-citizens had not voted.
This is major fuel for the xenophobic hate-right. Expect a full on voter ID effort, nationally.
Even though the authors point out that non-citizen voters already likely had IDs and used them, so having an ID didn’t stop them.
To me the issue comes down to registering to vote, not putting up hurdles at the polls themselves.
Then again, since half of eligible citizens don’t bother to vote, I’m not sure what sort of moral ground that half could stand on, if they bother to complain about non-citizens voting.
Region 2192 continues to evolve as it rotates across the southeast quadrant of the visible solar disk. New spot development is being observed within the central portion of the cluster this morning and this indicates that this complex continues to grow. With a prominent delta magnetic formation present, additional flaring will be very possible. Just how big is this sunspot? Our planet Earth could line up across the cluster at least 8 times over. This upcoming week will see the active region in a better geoeffective position for possible Earth directed eruptions.
Attached video using the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) instrument shows the development of AR 2192 over the past 72 hours (Oct 18 - Oct 20, 2014).
I hesitate to post something so trivial, but the fact that this awful freak show is no longer stinking up our airwaves has to be seen as a positive development.
And then I clicked through to the story, and found that the reason it got cancelled is that the deranged Mama June on the show is allegedly dating a child molester. And I got depressed again.
Please, evil gods of internet memes, do not let this turn into another right-wing cause celebre, where the poor white trash are being picked on by snooty libruls. All we need is the Palins chiming in here, and a prime spot on Fox & Friends for the next week…
Livestream from KIRO TV in Marysville where another school shooting
might be occurring has occurred. Students are reporting shots fired near the cafeteria, one person now being led away in handcuffs. Police searched the hand cuffed person, then released them.
With everyone of these you have to sit here and hope that it’s a false alarm but with everyone still going through full active shooter protocol just to be safe.
Update to Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting. Report: 5 hurt, 2 dead, including gunman. http://t.co/VL9Hb1YYAE
A Local hospital is reporting that they are treating three gunshot victims, some students are reporting six students shot.
Authorities are telling parents that the shooter is dead at the scene. Reporters and authorities are confirming that it is a single shooter, and that the shooter is dead.
Students are being released to buses a classroom at a time as police clear room by room. The Student reunion point is at a nearby church.
School where students and a teacher have reported that gunshots have been fired.
School officials said there is an emergency situation at the school and the building is locked down.
Three students and a teacher reported hearing gunshots.
Casey Blakley and his daughter were driving by the school when they say the huge police response.
While I understand the motive completely (it’s appalling that one religion thinks they have the right to put their commandments in Government space,) this was thoroughly dunder-headed, and has probably set back the cause and the case. If I were into conspiracy theories rather than fact I would almost want to think that some Christian wishing to claim victimhood perpetrated this, but let’s wait and get the facts instead, because we are not conspiracy theorists who automatically think everything is a false flag operation here.
Authorities say someone drove across the Oklahoma Capitol lawn and knocked over a Ten Commandments monument that a group has been suing to have removed, smashing it to pieces.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. George Brown says the person drove into the monument on the statehouse steps Thursday night, abandoned the vehicle and fled. Brown says the vehicle was impounded and authorities are searching it for evidence.
The 6-foot-tall granite monument was erected in 2012 after Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze and his family paid nearly $10,000 for it. The American Civil Liberties Union had been suing to have the monument removed, arguing it violates the Oklahoma Constitution.
Update : suspect in Custody:
Authorities took a man into custody Friday after they say he admitted driving a car onto the Oklahoma Capitol grounds overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces.
The man was detained after he showed up at a federal building in Oklahoma City Friday morning, rambling and making derogatory statements about the president, and admitted destroying the monument, said David Allison, an agent with the U.S. Secret Service in Oklahoma City.