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Ferguson protesters block I-5 in La Jolla (San Diego)



Ferguson protesters block I-5 in La Jolla
ABC 10 News
Published on Nov 26, 2014

Dozens of Ferguson protesters walked onto the Interstate 5 freeway in La Jolla during morning rush hour Wednesday.

San Diegans Protest Ferguson Decision, Briefly Block Interstate 5 North

Source: KPBS

UPDATE: 7:15 a.m., Nov. 26, 2014

Protesters briefly blocked Interstate 5 North near Nobel Drive in San Diego during the morning commute Wednesday before being escorted off the freeway by police.

10News Tweet

Right now: protesters blocking the I-5 at #LaJolla Village Dr, causing a traffic mess @10news #breaking pic.twitter.com/z7AwlShsFM
— Natasha Zouves (@10newsnatasha) November 26, 2014


UPDATE: 6 a.m., Nov. 26, 2014

Hundreds of protesters in San Diego took to the streets Tuesday night, demonstrating in response to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man.

There were two evening protests, one in City Heights and the second in downtown San Diego. The City Heights protesters began marching from the City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex in the 3700 block of Fairmount Avenue and briefly made their way onto the northbound lanes of state Route 15 at University Avenue, where they blocked freeway traffic.

The California Highway Patrol closed the freeway at that location about 8:15 p.m. because of the demonstration. About half an hour later, the CHP said the lanes were open but the on- and off-ramps remained closed.

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Read more: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/nov/25/two-demonstrations-planned-san-diego-following-mis/

protesters have blocked San Diego freeway 5 north

Elon Musk Just Unveiled A Game-Changing Ocean Landing Pad For His Reusable Rockets

Source: Business Insider India

Elon Musk's latest twitter announcements are the stuff of SciFi: He's just tweeted out images of the company's latest achievement- a drone ship that will be a self-stabilizing landing pad for rockets - even in rocky seas.

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During next two resupply SpaceX flights, scheduled for this December 16 and January 23, 2015, the Falcon 9 rockets will attempt to land on the floating platform. And SpaceX suspects that they have about a 50 percent probability of being successful on the first try. The company has succeeded in the past with bleaker chances than that.

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If the landings in December and January are successful, the landing pad will refuel the rockets at which point SpaceX will transport the rocket back to the mainland for another launch.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.in/Elon-Musk-Just-Unveiled-A-Game-Changing-Ocean-Landing-Pad-For-His-Reusable-Rockets/articleshow/45274908.cms



Sounds like they're going to have the rocket refuel at sea and fly back to the mainland on its own.

Sen. Markey to DoE: What About the James Doyle Case?

http://www.fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2014/11/markey-doyle/

Sen. Markey to DoE: What About the James Doyle Case?
Posted on Nov.19, 2014 in Dept of Energy, Nuclear Security, security culture by Steven Aftergood

Senator Edward J. Markey asked the Secretary of Energy this week to expedite the investigation of the firing of James Doyle from Los Alamos National Laboratory, which occurred after Doyle published an analysis critical of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.

“I write to urge you in the strongest possible terms to quickly conclude your investigation into the recent termination of Dr. James E. Doyle, a nuclear security and non-proliferation specialist who had been employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for 17 years,” Sen. Markey wrote.

“Dr. Doyle was terminated after an article he published crticizing the deterrence value of nuclear weapons was retroactively classified. At best, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) classification procedures are too vague to be uniformly applied. At worst, it appears that these classification procedures were used to silence and retaliate against those who express dissenting opinions,” he wrote.

The Doyle case generated significant controversy among his colleagues and others concerned with nuclear security policy.

In response to public concerns, the Department of Energy said it had initiated an Inspector General review of the case. But there has been no known follow-up to date.

Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July

Source: Associated Press

Facing significant differences still between the United States and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months.

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After a frenetic six days of diplomacy in Vienna, negotiators agreed Monday to nail down by March 1 what needs to be done by Iran and the six world powers it is negotiating with and by when. A final agreement is meant to follow four months later.

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Comments by key players in the talks suggested not much was agreed on in Vienna beyond the decision to keep talking. The next negotiating round was set for December but the venue is unclear.

The decision appears to benefit Iran. Its nuclear program is left frozen but intact, without any of the cuts sought by the U.S. And while negotiations continue, so will dole-outs of monthly $700 million in frozen funds that began under the temporary nuclear deal agreed on late last year that led to the present talks.

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In Tehran, hardliners fearful that their country could give away more than it gets under any final deal could increase pressure on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to break off talks. The talks extension, however, appears to have the approval of Khamenei, who is the ultimate arbiter in his country.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8f96e76588f0439ca53357c47059315b/china-holds-out-hope-iran-nuclear-deal



It's sad to see Iran wasting so much time, money, and goodwill on expensive dirty dangerous nuclear energy.

Ebola: Waiting



Ebola: Waiting
Published on Nov 19, 2014

We’ve waited too long. Use your voice to fight Ebola now http://one.org/ebola

Featuring

African musicians Fally Ipupa, Angélique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Ice Prince;

ONE co-founder Bono;

stars Akon, Ben Affleck, Connie Britton, Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Ellie Goulding, Danai Gurira, Thandie Newton, Vincent Cassel;

football star Per Mertesacker;

Liberian healthcare workers Dr. J Soka Moses and Louise Gaye.


Ebola is devastating parts of West Africa. And every day we continue to wait – for funding to reach the ground, for nurses and doctors to be deployed, for the shattered medical services to be rebuilt - more people die. Tell world leaders it’s time to act.

http://one.org/ebola

Robbers steal 'Ebola blood samples' in Guinea

Source: Al Jazeera

Robbers in Guinea have stolen blood samples believed to be infected with Ebola, the Red Cross in the West African nation has said.

The samples, stored in tightly wrapped vials tucked into a cooler bag, were in the care of a Red Cross courier who was among nine passengers sharing a taxi when three men on a motorbike robbed the vehicle and took the samples, said Saa Mamady Leno of the Red Cross in Gueckedou.

The robbers forced the passengers out of the vehicle on Wednesday, stole mobile phones, cash and jewelry, and fired into the air as they demanded the handover of the cooler bag, Leno said.

The courier was taking the blood samples on a 265km journey along winding rural roads from central Kankan prefecture to a test site in southern Gueckedou.

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Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/11/robbers-steal-ebola-blood-samples-guinea-2014112283852605362.html

Officials Revise Goals on Containing Ebola After Signs of Wider Exposure in Mali

Source: New York Times

The leaders of the United Nations and the World Health Organization expressed renewed alarm on Friday about Ebola’s tenacity in Africa and, in particular, its potential to ravage a fourth country, Mali, where they said hundreds of people had been exposed to an infected cleric who died last month.

At a webcast news conference from the World Bank offices in Washington, the United Nations’ secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and the W.H.O.’s director general, Dr. Margaret Chan, also appeared to reset their schedules for containing the Ebola virus, which has sickened at least 15,351 people and killed 5,459, according to a W.H.O. update posted earlier Friday.

Mr. Ban said nothing about the goal of safely burying 70 percent of the dead and treating 70 percent of the sick by Dec. 1, and instead expressed hope that the outbreak could be contained by the middle of next year.

Mr. Ban’s special envoy on the Ebola crisis, David Nabarro, also expressed doubts about achieving the Dec. 1 treatment goal in comments at the United Nations. “Confident? No,” he told reporters outside the Security Council, which was holding a meeting on the Ebola crisis.

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Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/22/world/africa/mali-ebola-epidemic-who.html?_r=0

Drone footage of Storm West Seneca NY 4K Aerial



Drone footage of Storm West Seneca NY 4K Aerial
James Grimaldi
Published on Nov 18, 2014

Storm 2014 West Seneca Aerial video and music by Jim Grimaldi in 4k

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