‘Haiyan’ leaves Philippines devastated but with spirit intact

Philippines

The “world’s strongest storm to hit land” may have already passed, but its full impact has yet to come to light as the Philippines continues to reel in the wake of super typhoon “Haiyan”, locally named “Yolanda”.   With the death toll feared to reach 10,000, the country is torn among mixed emotions – from grieving to feeling grateful that the worst has passed. The most terribly hit is the country’s central region, particularly the provinces of Samar and Leyte, where most of the … [Read more...]

Nazi Artwork Loot Yields Treasure

Chagall Artwork

The true secret held by Cornelius Gurlitt an elderly and reclusive owner of a Munich apartment is so fantastic it sounds like the plot from a Dan Brown novel or a script for the television show Castle. Gurlitt who neighbors say lived “like a ghost” was hiding a wealth of artwork looted by the Nazis much of it one of a kind pieces that have never been on public display. Many of the paintings found in the dirty and neglected apartment are unknown, but have been confirmed as the original works … [Read more...]

Lululemon Loyalty Waning in Midst of Sheer Bottom Controversy

Lululemon

Customers once loyal to the Lululemon brand are now considering looking elsewhere for their yoga and workout gear.  The company’s message board, heylululemon.com, once home to praises, now holds pages of customers wondering what has happened to the quality of the high-end athletic wear. Earlier this year the yoga clothier, Lululemon, recalled the thinner version of their trademarked fabric, Luon, which was touted be durable. The pre-shrunk fabric is a blend of nylon and Lycra. The company … [Read more...]

Fukushima Daiichi Disaster Two and a Half Years Later

Fukushima

On March 11th, 2011 a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the coast of northeastern Japan. Shortly thereafter a massive tsunami, whose waves reached over 130 feet tall, swamped over the shores of the many cities dotting the Japanese coast. In Sendai the water made it over six miles inland. Despite the numerous preventative measures undertaken the minimize the damage caused by both natural events, that have previously caused terrible destruction on the island chain, the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami … [Read more...]

Deadly Halloween Storms

halloween storms

The storm that set the stage for several Halloween tragedies in Central Texas and throughout several southern states is now barreling toward the eastern part of the United States. In the area around Austin Texas two people are known to have lost their lives in flood waters, and a young boy in Tennessee was killed in Nashville Tennessee by a downed power line. Flooding had already impacted Austin, Texas during ACL Fest on October 13th, so many believed they were prepared and knew what to … [Read more...]

Youngest Complete Duck-Billed Baby Dino Found

baby dino

In the summer of 2009 a student at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah discovered a rib bone sticking out of the ground. Normally this sentence is the beginning of a much more disturbing tale, however this one has proven to have a much happier ending if you are a fan of paleontology (less so if you lost your pet baby dino Parasaurolophus around 75 million years ago). The student, Kevin Terris, was in a party of students roaming the area in a hunt for the fossils that … [Read more...]

Oarfish Behavior Sparks Earthquake Fears

Giant Oarfish

The first oarfish to wash ashore in Catalina Island off Southern California beach was deemed a rare fluke, but when the second appeared in San Diego within the same month it seems natural that some people are wondering why this strange behavior would be spotted twice. Many are concerned there was some cause behind this pair’s unusual deaths. In a state that’s seen its share of seismic activity Japanese folklore regarding the beaching of oarfish and earthquakes is leading to some to wonder if … [Read more...]

Bushfires in Australia Firefighters Strive to Combat

Australia

Series of bushfires in Australia blazing on the mountains 100km west of Sydney are forcing firefighters to work extra harder as they attempt to put them out. On Tuesday, the Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons reported that there were about 60 fires that had not been contained. He also ascertained that the biggest of the fires was scorching ground along the Blue Mountains. Armed with top notch equipment, thousands of firefighters have been battling the fires that have reportedly … [Read more...]

Jeh Johnson Nominated as Department of Homeland Security Secretary

Jeh Johnson

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that defense attorney Jeh Johnson, who is currently employed as a law partner at the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, will be nominated to the now vacant position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He is replacing Janet Napolitano, who held the position from 2009 until September of this year. This is the second nomination by President Obama in as many weeks, as Janet Yellen was announced to be the new head of the … [Read more...]

General Vo Nguyen Giap, who Took Saigon, Passes Away at 102

Genera Vo Nguyen Giap

The last few days has seen unprecedented mourning in Vietnam as over a hundred of thousand mourners gathered in the capital to pay their last respects to Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap. Such large-scale grief has not been seen in Vietnam since the death of leader Ho Chi Minh decades previous. Gen. Giap was a figure beloved by the common people, although he had become increasingly sidelined after being pushed out of the post of deputy prime minister in 1991. During his retirement he regularly … [Read more...]