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__1947: __ A cargo ship explodes at dockside in Texas City, Texas. The blast and the fires that follow kill about 600 people and injure 3,500 more. Six decades later, it remains the deadliest explosion and worst industrial disaster in U.S. history.

The Grandcamp, a World War II Liberty ship that had been converted to a French merchant vessel, was taking on a load of ammonium nitrate fertilizer at a quay next to a complex of Monsanto chemical factories, offices and labs. The ship’s carpenter smelled smoke in the No. 4 hold around 8 a.m. on April 16 and found that a few bags of fertilizer were on fire. He tried dousing it with a few buckets of water, then a fire extinguisher. Continue reading “April 16, 1947: Ship Explosion Ignites 3-Day Rain of Fire and Death”

The Bulletin

Did the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shorten the war, and were they necessary to force the Japanese surrender? Many people believe the answer to both questions is yes: In dropping the Bomb, America chose the lesser of two evils.

Although historians have long challenged this narrative as wrong or misleading, a significant number of Europeans still believe it. That is the primary result of a recent survey of European views on nuclear affairs generally and the atomic bombings of Japan specifically. The survey, carried out in October 2019, involved approximately 7,000 respondents aged 18 and upward, carefully selected to ensure representative samples from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Continue reading “What Europeans believe about Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and why it matters”

Ageless Finance

Now, everyone is celebrating the 11,000 dollar Bitcoin and the recent Ether (or Ethereum) price race. But I must spoil the party. I began to read about cryptocurrencies in 2013. One of the main goals of this industry was to make cheap, quick, and comfortable international transfers possible. With a reason, because traditional banks charge high fees for international transfers, at least 10 to 20 USD or Euro per transaction. Initial Bitcoin transaction fees were only a couple of cents. For example, only one cent in 2012. Continue reading “Cryptocurrency Fees Are Skyrocketing”

Press TV

The US Army has awarded Boeing a $265 million contract to build nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters for the service’s Special Operations Aviation Command, according to a July Defense Department contract announcement.

The company is now under contract to build 24 of the G-model Chinooks. The service is expected to buy 69 special operations variants. Continue reading “Boeing wins $265 million to build more special ops Chinook helos”

Yahoo News

The U.S. surpassed 150,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, as the country’s death rate continued a steady climb that began in early July.

The crisis could get far worse in the coming months, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates told Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer in a recent interview, predicting that the fall could bring daily death tolls not seen since the height of the U.S. outbreak. Continue reading “Bill Gates: U.S. could return to ‘2,000 deaths a day’ not seen since peak of coronavirus outbreak”

World Economic Forum – by Douglas Broom

Thousands of summer holidays are now up in the air, following a series of COVID-19 flare-ups around the world, with trips cancelled and travellers forced to quarantine when they return home.

In mid-July, the number of confirmed cases globally jumped by a million in just four days. The UK imposed a 14-day isolation on holidaymakers returning from Spain after infection rates spiked there, prompting the UK’s biggest tour operator to cancel all holidays to that country. Continue reading “Could this COVID-19 ‘health passport’ be the future of travel and events?”

New York Post – by Natalie O’Neill

Passengers on an America Airlines flight burst into applause when a woman who refused to wear a face mask was kicked off the plane, according to video footage and a report.

Passenger Jordan Slade filmed the older lady — who has since been dubbed a “Karen” —  after she claimed to have a medical condition preventing her from wearing a mask on a July 19 flight from Ohio to North Carolina, according to the Daily Mail. Continue reading “Passengers cheer as ‘Karen’ is kicked off flight for refusing to wear mask”

Anchorage Daily News

The city of Seward became the center of Alaska’s two largest coronavirus outbreaks on Wednesday, with a factory trawler and a local seafood-processing plant where a combined 181 people had tested positive.

The American Seafoods ship carrying 85 infected crew members arrived in Seward from Unalaska on Wednesday afternoon.

Continue reading “Seward announced 96 new COVID-19 cases at a seafood plant as a trawler with 85 infected crew arrived. They’re all headed for Anchorage.”

Your Daily Sport Fix

When we were kids, we couldn’t wait for summer break. Longer than Christmas break, it was the time of the year when you would spend your days outdoors, sleeping in late, and staying up even later. The only problems we ever encountered were when boredom struck.  Continue reading “How a 13-Year-Old Boy Built His Own Tiny House With a Tiny Budget”

Press TV

Amid escalating tensions with China over a number of issues, the United States has deployed two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea.

For the second time in two weeks, the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan conducted operations and military exercises in the waterway between July 4 and July 6, and returned to the region on Friday, according to a US Navy statement issued on Friday. Continue reading “US deploys aircraft carriers to South China Sea amid rising tensions with China”

Press TV

Venezuela has lashed out at Washington for the “sneaky” entry of a US destroyer into the Latin American country’s territorial waters, denouncing the move as an “act of provocation.”

The US Southern Command claimed on Wednesday that the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney had conducted a “freedom of navigation” operation more than 12 nautical miles off the Venezuelan coast and in international waters in the Caribbean Sea. Continue reading “Venezuela slams ‘sneaky’ entry of US destroyer as ‘provocation’”

Press TV

A 610-kilometer railway connecting Iran’s only ocean port of Chabahar to Zahedan near the eastern border would provide a lifeline to the landlocked Afghanistan, a country where the transport system has been hampered by years of war and a fierce rivalry between two major neighbors of India and Pakistan.

Afghans were offered a fresh glimmer of hope on Wednesday when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the country was making a major progress in its plans to finish the Chabahar-Zahedan railway. Continue reading “Iranian railway to provide landlocked Afghanistan with a lifeline”

Press TV

United Airlines has warned it could lay off as many as 36,000 workers on October 1 as the US carrier fights for survival amid the coronavirus crisis.

The big US airline emphasized that it must cut costs due to a severe drop in demand for air travel, but although it will notify frontline employees of the potential job cuts, it does not expect everyone who receives the notice to be furloughed. Continue reading “United Airlines says could lay off as many as 36,000 employees”

Press TV

The Venezuelan Air Force says it has “neutralized” an unidentified US-registered aircraft used for drug trafficking after it violated the country’s airspace.

According to the Strategic Command Operations of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB), the country’s military jets “neutralized” the aircraft with a US serial identification number as it violated the country’s airspace. Continue reading “Venezuela ‘neutralizes’ unidentified US-registered aircraft over its airspace”