Chicago Shootings and Homicides off the charts in 2016   Leave a comment


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Murders have spiked by 49 percent this year compared to last year, and 81 percent over the same time period in 2014.

With more than 450 murders so far in 2016, Chicago is on pace for its highest overall murder count since at least 2012, when 504 were recorded in the entire year.

Overall shooting incidents — at more than 2,200 and counting — have mirrored that rise, with a 48 percent spike so far in 2016.

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CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 23: Pictures of Chicago residents who have died by gunfire are posted next to a Christmas tree outside Saint Sabina Church in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the city’s Southside on December 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Police blame gangs for a disproportionate share of the city’s violent crime.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Saturday that about 1,400 people — many of them gangs members — are driving 85 percent of the city’s gun violence.

The two suspects in Aldridge’s death are both documented gang members, police said.

Tragically, many of the shooting victims get caught in the crossfire.

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Posted August 30, 2016 by markosun in Crime

Danĝera Naturo   Leave a comment


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Very fast moving and severe bow echo moves down the highway from Redfield to Watertown South Dakota.  Forward speed of the bow was around 60mph.  At least 80mph winds accompanied the bow in areas, with many trees uprooted, poles snapped, gran bins destroyed and buildings moved off foundation.

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Wheat nearing harvest is lit in the front by the sun while a massive black thundercloud on the horizon looms nearby.  Thunder rolls in the distance.

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Posted August 30, 2016 by markosun in Weather

Barack Obama is a Very Cool Guy   Leave a comment


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No matter your political stripes. This guy is cool.

 

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Bill Clinton sees that secretary, Oh how bad he wants to be able to run around the White House again!

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Posted August 30, 2016 by markosun in Politics

The labyrinthine cesspool that is the Syrian Civil War   Leave a comment


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I have an interest in following wars – as the military historian John Keegan once said, “war is hell, but it does make for riveting good history” – that break out around the planet. Never have I seen such a convoluted can of worms such as the war in Syria. There are so many groups, which in turn are made up of many sub-groups, that are fighting each other that it is mind-boggling. Turkey, Russia, the United States, Islamic freak militants, the Free Syrian Army, the Kurds, Syrian government forces, Al Qaeda linked Al Nusra Front to name a few of the combatants. The civilian casualties and deaths are beyond horrific. What a messy out-of-control bloodbath.

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CJTF–OIR

There is almost 50 entities listed above. Unbelievably complex conflict.

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Posted August 29, 2016 by markosun in Geopolitics, War

Tribute to Gene Wilder   Leave a comment


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Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author.

Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in the TV-series Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1962. Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder’s first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974’s Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, which Wilder co-wrote, garnering the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991). Wilder directed and wrote several of his own films, including The Woman in Red (1984).

His third wife was actress Gilda Radner, with whom he starred in three films. Her death from ovarian cancer led to his active involvement in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda’s Club.

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Posted August 29, 2016 by markosun in Movies

Strange New Skyscraper in Bangkok   Leave a comment


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MahaNakhon is a luxury mixed-use skyscraper currently under final stages of completion prior to the grand opening in late August 2016, located in the Silom/Sathon central business area of Bangkok, Thailand. Designed to fit into the Thai landscape with a unique pixelated facade, it features the unconventional appearance of a glass curtain walled square tower with a cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the side of the building. Following transfer of the first residential units in April 2016, it has been recognized as the tallest building in Thailand on 4 May at 314.2 metres (1,031 ft), with 77 floors. Featuring hotel, retail and residences, 200 units of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok inside the building are priced between around US$1,100,000 to US$17,000,000, making it one of the most expensive condominiums in Bangkok.

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Posted August 29, 2016 by markosun in Buildings

The Dog Days of Summer in The Peg   Leave a comment


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Posted August 28, 2016 by markosun in Winnipeg

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