Sunday, May 6, 2012

Salafist Riot in Bonn, Germany Injures 29 Police

A protest in Bonn, Germany, of thirty people, was attacked by 500-600 rioting Salafist Muslims, on Sunday.

Police, separating the two groups, saw twenty-nine of their own go down to injuries sustained in the violence.

Over one hundred people were arrested, including a twenty-five year old Muslim, who is accused of stabbing two of the officers.

The protesters had been decrying the recent handing out of Koran's, translated into German, in their neighborhoods.

North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger said he would lead a search to identify all Salafists who wanted to cause violence. He and other authorities hope that such a move would help identify trouble before it happens.

Deadly Tornado Strikes Japan

Tsukuba, Japan has been struck by a tornado, which lies about forty miles north east of Tokyo.

The twister came through, destroying businesses and homes, knocking cars and power poles about.

One death was reported, and fifteen injured. Thirty to fifty houses were destroyed. Over 100,000 people are without power.

Tornadoes are rare in Japan, but no unheard of. They are most commonly seen in the US where they've been particularly deadly the last couple years.

George Lindsey; Dead at 83

George Lindsey, the actor who made Goober Pyle famous, has died at the age of 83.

Born in Alabama, he graduated college in 1952 and then served in the Air Force for three years. He then went to acting school and was on Broadway. Lindsey would go on to appear on many TV shows and in some movies, including voicing for Disney.

But it was his portrayal of Goober for which he was, and will always be, remembered by the public. Lindsey played the character of Goober from 1964-1968 on The Andy Griffith Show, 1968-1971 on Mayberry RFD, and on Hee Haw from 1971-1993.

During an interview in 1985 he said, "America has grown up with me. Goober is every man; everyone finds something to like about ol' Goober. There's a residual effect of knowing I've made America laugh. I'm not the only one, but I've contributed something."

Hollande Wins French Election

Socialist Francois Hollande has won the French election. He beat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy with 50.8% of the votes. Sarkozy took 49.2%, clearly a closer race than the French and international press had previously suggested.

Segolene Royal, who lost to Sarkozy in the 2007 election, and is the mother of Hollande's four children, said that she has a "feeling of profound joy to see millions and millions of French renew the tie to the left. The French can be confident. We will need everyone to help the country recover."

Hollande has pledged to greatly increase government spending, despite the country's huge debts. He also plans to increase the size of the government, promoting more control over the country's infrastructure. His plans also include the down sizing of the French military, and pulling it out of foreign commitments.

South Korea Attempting to Stop Smuggling of Flesh Capsules

South Korean customs officials are strengthening inspections in efforts to stop the smuggling of human flesh capsules.

Since August of 2011, when the first capsules were found, authorities have caught 17,451 capsules in thirty-five attempts to smuggle them into South Korea.

The Chinese pills are made from the crushed bodies of dead babies and infants, and taken by men hoping to increase their sexual performance. They are often contaminated with bacteria and other disease carrying organisms.

Remembering: The Hindenburg

The Hindenburg was the fastest, largest, and most luxurious blimp. More than eight hundred feet long, it could travel eight thousand miles, carrying ninety-seven passengers, with speeds nearing one hundred miles per hour. It was filled with hydrogen, instead of the safer helium, for better handling. During 1936 it handled ten cross Atlantic journeys.

On May 6, 1937 it was flying into Lakehurst, New Jersey. Weather conditions delayed it's arrival from morning to evening. When it was finally cleared for docking, the captain brought the ship in way too fast, and an emergency reverse was required.

Within moments of the reverse, leaking gas was noticed by the crew. Moments later there was fire, and then the whole ship was ablaze. Spectators awaiting the arrival said they could feel the heat from a mile away. Thirty-five of the ninety-seven people on board, died from the fire or in attempts to jump from the blimp; one grounds crew man also lost his life.

On WLS radio, announcer Herbert Morrison, gave a live account of the disaster, one which still rings through history. Cameras were rolling as well, so some of it was recorded visually for posterity.

Remembering: The Four Minute Mile

May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister does what had thought to be impossible. On that day he ran the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3:59.4.

Born March 23, 1929 in Middlesex, England, his family was poor, and he had wanted to study medicine, so he ran trying for scholarships. Oxford gave him one, and there he went.

He caused a stir, when he declined an offer to run the 1500 meter in the 1948 London Olympics. To him studying was more important. Running in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, he placed fourth. After taking ridicule from the English press over not being first, he decided to go after the four minute record.

At the annual Amateur Athletic Association in Oxford, Bannister showed the world what he was capable of. In August at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, British Columbia he would do it again with 3:58.8.

After finishing at Oxford he became a neurologist and a neuroscience researcher. Later he served as director of the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London. In 1975, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.