Friday, October 19, 2012

Preview: Halo 4

Gamers once again see one of the top games coming out with but the latest sequel. It's almost time for Halo 4.

This expansion starts five years after Halo 3 ended, Master Chief is still on Requiem after having been joined by the UNSC Infinity. They are facing a three way war between humans, the natives of the planet, and of course the Covenant.

In Halo 4, there are two ways of play, a coop mode and a competitive multiplayer mode, which will focus mostly on training exercises. The coop play, Spartans Ops, will have a revolutionary new system, in which the story line will be updated weekly, in a continuing expansion.

A lot of the new parts of the expansion focus on the new race of aliens, who live on Requiem. Consisting of Crawlers, Knights, and Watchers they've a lot of threat behind them, that will challenge Master Chief's survival.

Players can also look forward to new weapons, vehicles, and other surprises along the way. Halo 4 hits stores November 6, 2012.

A last trailer, Scanned, came out Thursday:

Guards Save Lives in Iran by Keeping Suicide Bomber Out of Mosque

Guards at the Imam Hossein mosque in Chabahar, Iran saved lives on Friday.

They stopped a suspicious man from entering the mosque and alerted police.

When the man tried running from police he apparently accidentally set off the suicide bomb vest that he was wearing.

Two bystanders were killed and others including police were injured in the blast.

Had the guards not stopped the man, he would've entered a crowded mosque filled with people at prayer.

No one has claimed responsibility for the mostly botched attack, but the Sunni militant Jundallah group is considered a likely suspect, due to their past of bombing Shiite targets.

Puntland Captures Al Qaeda Weapons Boat

Officials in the Puntland region of Somalia say that they captured a boat loaded with weapons, ammunition, and other military hardware.

According to the officials, the boat had come from Al Qaeda, in Yemen, and was heading to supply al Shabaab.

Al Qaeda has long supplied al Shabaab with not just weaponry but soldiers as well.

Al Shabaab had been taking over large chunks of Somalia, until the African Union had had enough.

African Union forces, mostly from Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia have pushed al Shabaab from their position of strength, to being purely guerrilla fighters.

NHTSA Investigating Jeep Patriots

Chrysler is cooperating with an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, into the 2011 and 2012 Jeep Patriots.

There have been twelve incidents of the vehicle stalling whilst being driven, ten of those were at speeds of over sixty-five miles per hour, and one resulted in a crash with injuries.

112,000 Jeep Patriots are being investigated for the issue.

Depending on what the investigation finds, a recall could be issued.

Concerned consumers should contact their local Jeep dealers if they have any questions.

Texas A&M Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat

Texas A&M University received a bomb threat, Friday morning at 11:30CDT.

The threat forced an evacuation of all sixty thousand students, as well as the staff and faculty.

All classes and activities were canceled whilst police investigated and searched the campus.

No bombs or any other forms of explosive devices have been found, at this time.

Police and campus security are continuing to search every part of campus.

Six Arrested When Protesters Clash With London Police

Six people were arrested by London police after clashes outside the Department for Communities and Local Government, on Friday.

Over a hundred people were protesting the eviction of illegal tenants at Dale Farm in Essex, which happened one year ago.

Police had made a line to protect the building, but the protesters still attempted to attack the building.

No injuries were reported, despite fighting between police and protesters.

Banana Boat Recalling UltraMist Sunscreen

Banana Boat is recalling twenty-three kinds of it's UltraMist sunscreen.

In five instances people have literally caught on fire when wearing it, after they stood near an open flame.

Four of the cases were in the US, whilst the fifth was in Canada.

Over twenty million bottles of the spray have been sold, since it was released in January 2010.

A label on the bottle already warns, "Keep away from sources of ignition — no smoking." but that clearly has not been enough to protect some people.

Consumers can get more information by phone 1-800-SAFESUN, online, or by emailing the company.

Canadian Public Warned of Exploding Fireplaces

Health Canada has announced a stoppage of the use of certain Majestic fireplaces.

There have been six incidents of their fireplaces exploding when ignited.

Consumers who purchased Insta-flame or Northern Flame fireplaces, made by Majestic, should stop using them immediately.

Majestic Fireplace is no longer in business, so no actual recall or replacement is possible.

21 Now Dead From Meningitis

The meningitis death toll has risen to twenty-one, with 268 confirmed cases of the deadly brain disease, and an additional three in hospitals due to related joint infections.

All of the meningitis cases came from contaminated anti inflammation shots that were put into the spine, the joint infections came from the same shots that were injected elsewhere.

Seventy-six locations, in twenty-three states, were sent the shots, which were given to as many as fourteen thousand people.

New England Compounding Center made the shots, and has complied completely with government officials who are conducting the investigation.

Investigators are worried that at least two other drugs, made by NECC, may have also been contaminated.

8 Killed, 78 Wounded in Beirut Car Bombing

Eight people are dead and seventy-eight were wounded when a car bomb exploded in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday.

The blast ripped through the Christian Achrafieh neighborhood, which is heavily populated with popular cafes and stores.

One of the eight killed was Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan, who was the head of Lebanon's domestic security forces' intelligence division.

Lebanon has been quick to accuse Syria of being behind the bombing, as al-Hassan was one of the most vocal against Syria.

He had headed multiple investigations into Lebanese citizens who brought back explosives, from Syria, and were under Syrian orders.

The highest profile case was that of Michel Samaha, who had at the time been the Lebanese Information Minister.

For it's part, Syria has denounced the attack, as did the terrorist organization, Hezbollah which runs a lot of Lebanon.

Must See: The Man from Laramie (1955)

The best of the classic westerns are the most complex, while also keeping their clear good vs. evil themes. If, when someone says cowboy, you just think John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, make room for one of the best actors to play the type, Jimmy Stewart. Here Stewart plays an undercover cavalry officer out for revenge, but first he has to discover the identity of the gunrunner who sold the guns to the Apaches that murdered his brother.

Director Anthony Mann was good at bringing crime themes and noir styles to the western genre, then further raising those movies to epic levels by throwing in some Shakespearean, mythological or Biblical themes and structure. Laramie stands out among the eight movies Mann made with Jimmy Stewart, and is one of the most interesting, powerful and beautifully shot westerns ever made.

There's a tough old rancher named Waggoman, who's going blind and whose real son is a fully grown spoiled brat with a talent for dispensing brutal violence. The foreman, their future in law, acts more like a son; he's a decent fellow who cares more about the family and land than the biological heir, but sees he will probably be left out when the patriarch dies. Though the violent scenes will be seared into your memory, such as Stewart getting dragged through a campfire, or his agony at having his hand shot, the most haunting might be Waggoman's nagging premonition that a tall man will come one day to kill his son. Realizing Stewart is that avenging figure, Waggoman is desperate to get rid of him. He has good reason to be afraid; Stewart may seem meek, but you wouldn’t want to see him when he’s angry.

Jimmy Stewart was a fantastic actor, still a little underrated; the western is a genre as wide and varied as the setting is sweeping; they don’t make them like this anymore: this movie is your proof of all those claims. And just try to get the theme song out of your head. Watch if you're a western fan, and recommend it to that friend who says they don't like the genre.

See it Sunday, October 21 at 6:00 PM on TCM.

Find me at the Speakeasy for much more classic entertainment.