Mexico on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month’s attack that left six students dead and 43 missing.
Mexican authorities have searched in vain for any trace of the college students who disappeared on September 26, in a case that has sparked national and international outrage, including mass demonstrations that saw the Iguala city hall torched Wednesday.
“Arrest warrants have been issued for Iguala mayor (Jose Luis Abarca),” as well as his wife and public safety chief, “as the individuals who likely organized the events that took place in Iguala,” Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told reporters.
The gunman who killed a soldier in Ottawa and stormed Canada’s parliament had been put on a terror watch list, it has emerged.
The attacker, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau by Canadian media, was considered “high risk” and had seen his passport confiscated to stop him travelling abroad to join Islamic State terrorists in Iraq or Syria.
But the 32-year-old was able to strike at the heart of his home country’s capital, shooting dead Corporal Nathan Cirillo before he was himself gunned down by Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers as he launched his assault on parliament.
Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot which has grabbed large areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq.
The attacks also killed 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Observatory said. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, it added.
Chalk up one for the “but, Rick, I thought that was your departments dirty diaper.” No. It’s the Fed. Yeah that Fed. The one who attempts to level the field across the board. So the Rick, I must be on meds, or I could actually debate, Perry and the usual gang of bomb throwing, big gummint hating, free range chicken loving home grown or shipped in from the psyche ward legislators in Tejano all got their shorts in a knot screaming about how the Obama Socialist Oligarchy failed to actually do the job of state regulators. Like think. Or act. Or be useful. “What do we do Rick? Ted? Ted!?” How about work with all the resources available? Put aside the immense Dallas Presby fuckup, the blame lays with…..Ready? People outside the state that we like to keep outside the state. Big Gubmint Ebil. “We must admit, along the way, we have seen ample opportunity for improvement, from the CDC all the way to the hospital,” he said.
No mention of Rick or Ted or Gohmert or any other wanking gift to humanity seeking truth and closure. Nope. GOP on parade.
Two weeks ago my wife and were standing outside on the Sparks Street mall right in the heart of downtown Ottawa. We had just had lunch with a longtime friend of mine and were enjoying the cool fall air outside. Nearby, commuters walked to and from work, tourists snapped photos and everyday citizens went about their lives.
As the three of us chatted outside the restaurant faint bagpipe music began to fill the air. Looking over my wife’s shoulder, to the National War Memorial that lay right across the street from where we were standing, I saw a bagpiper in full regalia escorting two members of the Canadian armed forces to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb is guarded 24/7 and the shift changing ceremony I was watching takes place every single day.
As I took all of this in I couldn’t help but think of how much I loved my country and Ottawa in particular. Ottawa is a midsized city. Not overly confusing, overly sprawled or overly complex. I may be partial due to my long history there but I’ve visited many other cities both large and small and Ottawa has always been near the top of my list as a comfortable, peaceful place. Even more surprising as Ottawa is the seat of the Canadian government and a place of national importance to the country.
(detail of my birth certificate)
I was born in Ottawa, I was bred in Ottawa. Twenty of my Thirty three years have been spent there. I’ve lived in a variety of places but Ottawa will always be home to me.
Tonight, Ottawa is a city in pain and in grief. In close to the same spot my wife and I stood two weeks ago, a gunman killed the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This may have been the same man I saw assuming the post that day. In addition, shots filled the Parliament buildings and sent fear racing throughout the city.
Top: An image I took on the aforementioned day two weeks ago.
Bottom: An image from the television earlier today showing the same location (evident by the lion statues and post office logos on the windows)
Of course there weren’t that many casualties but to a city and country relatively unaccustomed to major gun violence this hurts. To a country and people used to peacefully living alongside one another this is painful.
Canada is not as used to gun violence as Americans. We can’t dismiss it as easily, we can’t deal with it as easily. So while some people might think what happened in Ottawa today is a minor incident It’s far more than that. This was a shot across the peaceful bow of Canada and one we’re not liable to forgive and forget anytime soon.
We don’t know much more at this hour than we did before. Many things are uncertain right now with regards to the facts behind the incident.
But one thing is certain: Home is changed forever. Ottawa will never be the same.
And yet despite the senseless violence, despite the fear, despite the uncertainty Canadians can still come together and stand, dignified and proud, in one of our countries darker moments. There are soldiers once again guarding the Tomb of the Unknown soldier tonight.
As we stand as one, determined to stay proud and strong as a nation, the words of our national anthem ring truer than ever:
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Tonight and going forward, we WILL be standing on guard to protect our freedoms, our honor and our way of life. There are no terrorists alive who could ever destroy the spirit of the Canadian people.
When politicians say “I’m not a scientist,” it is an exasperating evasion. It’s a cowardly way to avoid answering basic and important policy questions. This response raises lots of other important questions about their decision-making processes. Do they have opinions on how to best maintain our nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels—or do they not because they’re not civil engineers? Do they refuse to talk about agriculture policy on the grounds that they’re not farmers? How do they think we should be addressing the threat of ISIS? They wouldn’t know, of course; they’re not military generals.
The Coloradoan reports:
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, or RMGO, is suing the Colorado Secretary of State after the agency requested donor records from the Windsor-based pro-gun lobbying group.
RMGO filed the lawsuit Monday in response to the Colorado Secretary of State’s claims that the group violated Colorado disclosure laws. RMGO reportedly spent more than $1,000 on promoting two Republican state Senate candidates and didn’t report to the state where the money came from.
These are the same gun nuts who threatened to sue their home town library after they asked one of the group’s employees to leave the library when her firearm was visible. In that same tradition, they’ve also announced that they plan to also sue to group that filed the disclosure complaint to the Secretary of State.
RMGO officials announced they are suing Colorado Ethics Watch on Monday.
“Colorado Ethics Watch is a leftist entity that uses the Colorado reporting laws to harass conservative and liberty-minded political groups and the hardworking people who choose to support them,” RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown said in a statement. “We are confident the courts will side with the Constitution and throw these invasive laws out.”
And if that quote doesn’t have enough derp in it to convince you these guys are traging loons, how about this:
“The current law essentially legalizes government ordered identity theft of citizens who want to take part in the political process,” Brown said.
It used to be that all an archaeologist needed was a fedora hat and a bullwhip. Today’s professionals, however, have much more sophisticated gear. This month, marine archaeologists exploring an ancient Greek shipwreck tried out a high-tech “exosuit” for the first time, sending divers to the seafloor in something that resembles a spacesuit.
The first people to explore the Antikythera shipwreck, off the coast of Greece, were sponge divers practicing their trade in the year 1900. Diving in heavy suits and copper helmets, and breathing air through a hose from the surface, they stayed on the seafloor for only a few minutes at a time. Nonetheless, they discovered wonders such as the Anitkythera Mechanism, a geared gadget used by the ancient Greeks to predict astronomical events.
When Jacques Cousteau returned to the site in 1976 he used scuba gear to search the wreck in 10-minute dives, and brought up heaps of treasure: bronze coins, parts of marble statues, ceramic vessels, and more. But because the shipwreck rests on the seabed about 60 meters (200 feet) down, where the water pressure is intense, Cousteau had to limit his time at the bottom to avoid getting decompression sickness when he came back up.
The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints’ devotion to God.
The four-minute video on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ website compares the white, two-piece cotton “temple garments” to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths such as a Catholic nun’s habit or a Muslim skullcap.
The footage is part of a recent effort by the Salt Lake City-based religion to explain, expand or clarify on some of the faith’s more sensitive beliefs. Articles posted on the church’s website in the past two years have addressed the faith’s past ban on black men in the lay clergy; its early history of polygamy; and the misconception that members are taught they’ll get their own planet in the afterlife.
HannibaltheVictor13 an archeology, anthropology, and history student created a great video on why people fail to understand both why history is important, but also why being a historian is much harder than many people think. Its primarily just audio but Its a great video lecture to watch, (or just listen to) and also it gives you some important things to think about.