President Trump's proposed Space Force would cost about $13 billion in its first five years, the Air Force estimated in a memo seen by Reuters. The memo said the proposal would cover start-up costs for "a lethality focused organization that will field space superiority capabilities." The Trump administration said in August it would introduce the new sixth branch of the military by 2020. The Pentagon memo, written by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, said the Space Force would cost more than $3 billion in its first year alone. The study assumed the new "Department of the Space Force" would have more than 13,000 employees.
An 11-page letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former Vatican ambassador to the United States, accuses Pope Francis of covering for and elevating Theodore McCarrick, a cardinal who resigned his post in July amid sexual abuse allegations. Vigano's missive, published Saturday, calls for Francis to resign. Per Vigano, McCarrick's misconduct was known in Catholic hierarchy for years, and former Pope Benedict ordered him to seclusion for prayer and penance. Pope Francis allegedly removed those sanctions and made McCarrick "his trusted counselor." Vigano is a conservative who has clashed with the more liberal Francis in the past.
Source: The Associated Press, National Catholic Register
The Pentagon said Thursday that it was delaying President Trump's military parade. The plan was to hold the controversial event Nov. 10, but the Pentagon said in a statement that it would now "explore opportunities" in 2019. The cost estimate for the parade recently ballooned, going from an original $12 million to $92 million, with $50 million coming from the Pentagon and $42 million from partners such as the Department of Homeland Security. The plans, which could still change, include about eight tanks, as well as other armored vehicles. Security, transportation of the equipment to be displayed, and temporary duty for some troops inflated the bill. Trump began calling for the parade after attending a similar ceremony in France, saying, "We're going to have to try to top it."
More than 47 people appeared to have overdosed on synthetic marijuana, or K2, possibly laced with fentanyl, in a New Haven, Connecticut, park, police said Wednesday. Twenty-five of the apparent overdoses occurred within three hours, and some of them happened in clusters of four to six. Police arrested one suspect in connection with the cases, some of which were reported to authorities by horrified park-goers. The victims had such symptoms as vomiting, hallucinating, and high blood pressure. "We have a guy laid out in the alleyway, unresponsive, eyes wide open. He's out cold," one unidentified bystander shouted. Emergency crews administered naloxone, an antidote for narcotic overdoses, to some of the victims, but it did not seem to work.
Source: New Haven Register, Good Morning America
4 + 7 = 11 More than 47? So was it 48 or 50? That just seems so strange to say "more than" and then a precise number. More than 50 would make more sense.
Charlotte Rae, the Tony and Emmy-nominated actress best known for playing Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life and Sylvia Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You?, died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92. In April 2017, Rae announced that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Born in Milwaukee, Rae got her start in theater and radio, and earned Tony nominations for her performances in Pickwick and Morning Noon and Night, and an Emmy nomination for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom. She first played the role of Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes, but due to the character's popularity, she pitched a spin-off, which led to The Facts of Life.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Comcast has dropped its bid to buy 21st Century Fox, leaving Disney likely to acquire the company. A Disney-Comcast bidding war launched in December, when Disney offered $52.4 billion for Fox. Comcast countered with $65 billion in June, and Disney offered $71.3 billion a few days later. The U.S. Justice Department approved a Disney-Fox merger, provided Fox's sports networks aren't included because Disney already owns ESPN. Fox's shareholders will vote to accept Disney's bid on July 27th. Its film and TV studios, as well as its cable channels, will go to Disney, while Fox News, Fox Sports, and local TV channels will be spun off into a new company.
Source: The Associated Press, CNN
At least 11 people were killed when a duck boat carrying tourists capsized and sank during a thunderstorm with high winds on a lake in the Missouri Ozarks. Some of the dead were children, said Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader. Five people remained missing overnight. At least seven survivors were taken to hospitals, three of them under age 18. Video shot from a larger vessel that was nearby showed two of the amphibious duck boats being tossed as waves on Table Rock Lake grew. The other one made it to shore safely. Several other strong storms spawned a flurry of tornadoes in central Iowa, flattening buildings in several cities and leaving 17 people injured.
Source: The Kansas City Star, CBS News
The Senate on Wednesday voted to keep President Trump's authority in check when it comes to imposing "national security" tariffs. The overwhelming 88-11 vote for the non-binding resolution symbolically condemns Trump's liberal use of the Trade Expansion Act, which has allowed him to inch the U.S. toward a trade war, most recently with Tuesday's tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The president also imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of items last week, which some lawmakers believe should have required congressional approval. Wednesday's Senate resolution, introduced by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), was a compromise between senators who want to roll back Trump's abilities with a binding measure, and senators who are wary of upsetting the president.
Source: CNBC, The Daily Beast
Dawn Sturgess, the 44-year-old English woman exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, died on Sunday, British authorities said. Charlie Rowley, who also was exposed, remained critically ill. Tests have confirmed that Sturgess and Rowley came into contact with the nerve agent by holding a contaminated item in their hands near the town of Salisbury, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the same nerve agent. They recovered. Britain blamed Russia for the Skripal case. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "appalled and shocked" by Sturgess' death.
Source: BBC News
The Klamathon Fire "exploded" to cover 22,000 acres Saturday, more than doubling in size and crossing the state line into Oregon. The blaze has already killed one person and destroyed 15 buildings. It is just 20 percent contained as of Sunday, and authorities said the Klamathon is exhibiting "extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions." Additional fires are raging in elsewhere in California, particularly in the hot and windy southern region of the state. Thousands of people have been evacuated as temperatures climb well over 100 degrees.
Source: KOIN 6, The Sacramento Bee
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Certain numerology has a strong connection with occultism. Various numbers from time-to-time appear in news articles, and one has to wonder if there isn't some occult significance behind this story.