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Shake, Rattle, and Roll – Earthquakes! January 11, 2010

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Over the past two days California has been experiencing a lot of seismic activity.  Yesterday at about 4:27 p.m. PST a 6.5 magnitude quake struck offshore in Northern California approximately 30 miles from the cities of Ferndale and Eureka.  This massive quake was felt in Northern California, Nevada, and in Oregon.  Fortunately, this quake caused no injuries or death and only minor damage.  Since that quake there have been hundreds of measurable aftershocks in the vicinity of the large quake.  Further, there was 4.1 quake on the Mexican border at 10:35 p.m. PST which was felt to be an aftershock of the magnitude 5.9 quake that hit a few weeks ago on December 30th.  So what does all this shaking mean for the United States and the State of California.  One can only speculate that it is a precursor to an even bigger quake or that it is the earth letting off pressure in areas of well know and active faults.  Whatever the case it is a reminder to Californians to always be prepared for emergencies whether they be from earthquakes, fire, mudslides, floods, and even tsunamis!

Thanks to Breitbart.com for the update:  http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9D57GDG3&show_article=1

For more information on earthquakes:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/index.php

or on California Quakes in particular:

http://www.data.scec.org/

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Togo National Soccer Team Withdraws From African Cup After Attack January 10, 2010

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Hosting the African Cup of Nations was Angola’s chance to show it is compensating from decades of war, but tragedy struck as gunmen showered bullets at Togo’s national team, killing three people and forcing its withdrawal from the soccer tournament.

Africa’s main soccer tournament was assumed to open as arranged on Sunday, even though players from other countries showed shock at the unexpected attack on the Togo team bus as it traveled through Angola’s restive oil-rich Cabinda province. In South Africa, the local organizing committee of the World Cup said the ambush had no relevance to the approaching global sports event that starts in June. Spokesman Rich Mkhondo said FIFA views Friday’s attack as an isolated incident which could have happened anywhere on the planet.

The attack in Angola, an earlier Portuguese colony, killed an assistant coach, a team spokesperson and the bus driver, according to the team and the Togolese government.

The violence came as unexpected because unrest associated with Cabinda, a northern enclave cut off from the rest of Angola by a strip of Congo, has been at low levels. The main separatist group is the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda, or FLEC. The Angolan information minister accused the group for the attack. Rest of the story.

Well, what do you guys think?

Credit to Foxnews for the information and the picture.

Christmas Facts December 25, 2009

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Merry Christmas – from Big World Central. Just has we did with Thanksgiving, we will give you some interesting facts that you might not know about the holiday of Christmas.

a) When did people start decorating their trees?

Decorated Christmas trees in homes date to 1605 in Germany.

But the first American patent for a Christmas tree stand was not issued until 1876, and stands didn’t hold water until 1899.

The first electric Christmas tree lights were sold by General Electric in 1903. So strands have been tangled for more than a century.

b) Where did the Songs “Jingle Bell” originate?

 There was a little confusion in holiday celebrations at first. For example, the Christmas carol “Jingle Bells” was composed in 1857 as a song to help celebrate a Thanksgiving celebration in a Boston Sunday school class. Supposedly, it was so popular that it was sung again on Christmas.

c) Here our the ten best movies of all time in no particular order;

10. In no particular order, here are – one man’s opinion – the 10 best Christmas movies of all time: “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” (1965), “A Christmas Carol” (1951); “Dr. Suess: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (1966), “Home Alone” (1990), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “The Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), “A Christmas Story” (1983), “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989), “The Santa Claus” (1994), and “White Christmas” (1954).

d) Here are some interesting facts on Reindeer:

* There are about 5 million reindeer in the world.

* Santa’s ninth reindeer was originally named Rollo – and then Reginald – before Robert L. May decided on Rudolph in his 1939 song.

* “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is the second best selling carol after “White Christmas.” (You know you were wondering.)

e) Which famous people were born on this holiday?

Notable individuals who were born on Christmas include Pope Pius VI (1717), Humphrey Bogart (1899), Cab Calloway (1907), Anwar Sadat (1918), Sissy Spacek (1949), and Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong, aka Dido (1971). People who died on Christmas include W.C. Fields (1946), Charlie Chaplin (1977), Dean Martin (1995) and James Brown (2006).

We hope you liked our Christmas edition of interesting facts. Have a happy holiday!

Courtesy of:

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/living/x1689181224/Why-does-Santa-wear-red-20-fun-facts-about-Christmas

United Airlines Flight 227 – A dry run? December 12, 2009

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Have you heard?  Did you know?  Did the mainstream media report this?

On Wednesday, December 9th, a United Airlines flight from Denver to Los Angeles was interrupted by a group of men who were acting strangely.  Apparently, the flight crew felt uncomfortable with a group of travelers who appeared to be of middle eastern descent.  Airline personnel are trained to recognize signs such as the way a ticket is paid for, whether the flight is one-way, how a group will seat themselves on the plane, and how they get up to use the restroom.  After the group was removed from the plane a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in.  Passengers say that they never have seen a flight crew “so scared” in their lives.  This incident was strikingly similar to another incident that happened on November 17th on AirTran flight 297.  It is not unusual for terrorists to participate in “dry runs” before an attack to measure and test reactions and security.  Might this be a prelude to what may be coming?

http://tinyurl.com/ycesjvp

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=128639&catid=339

History of the Giving Holiday November 26, 2009

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First and foremost – Big World Central would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all. We hope you stay safe, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a day for getting together with your family and giving a day of thanks. The holiday ‘Thanksgiving’ is only celebrated in the United States and Canada. Canada’s thanksgiving comes before the United States. The first occurrence of Thanksgiving in the United States happened on Plymouth rock in 1621. The Plymouth celebration was a tradition throughout the 13 colonies. This was a very important holiday for all Americans by the 1800’s. In Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday in October and in the United States it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

Here are some interesting facts on Thanksgiving;

a) It was not until 1941 that congress declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was declared to be held on the fourth Thursday in November.

b) The first known thanksgiving feast or festival in North America was celebrated by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and the people he called “Tejas” (members of the Hasinai group of Caddo-speaking Native Americans).

c) Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

d) 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

e) Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”

And with that, once again we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating it. Don’t get too stuffed on the Turkey!

When religion and politics clash! November 24, 2009

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Today the Catholic Church issued an order to Senator Patrick Kennedy to skip communion due to his stance on abortion.  He is in essence on restriction from receiving the Eucharist for the past

three years.  The platform of the Catholic Church has always been the preservation of life.  Not only is the church anti-abortion but it is also anti-death penalty.  The church has consistently remained committed to these positions.

Senator Patrick Kennedy, the son of Ted Kennedy, is a lifelong Catholic (as all the Kennedy clan are).  In addition to being Catholic the Kennedy’s are lifelong members of the Democratic Party.  A party that advances a platform that includes the right to abortion.  As recent as last weekend, the Democrats moved forward its healthcare bill which includes provisions for abortion in its Government run healthcare plan.  Kennedy voted for the Senate bill. 

Bishop Thomas Tobin wrote Kennedy in 2007 asking him to refrain from receiving communion.  In his letter Bishop Tobin stated: 

“If a Catholic in his or her personal or professional life were knowingly and obstinately to repudiate her definite teachings on moral issues, he or she would seriously diminish his or her communion with the Church. Reception of Holy Communion in such a situation would not accord with the nature of the Eucharistic celebration, so that he or she should refrain.”

The request was in accord with the then recent statement issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Bishop Tobin is displeased that Kennedy would make this private matter public.  He has issued a statement that can be read here:  http://tinyurl.com/ybmywm3

Is Senator Kennedy wrong for going against the teachings of his faith in order to appease the platform of his political party?  Is Bishop Tobin wrong for asking that Senator Kennedy not take the Eucharist since he is not abiding to his faith.  Is Senator Kennedy wrong for making this issue public?  Is Bishop Tobin wrong for being upset with Kennedy for releasing this issue to the media?  Tell us what you think.