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Explosion Reported In New York City, Triggering Evacuations In Subway

New York police are responding to “reports of an explosion of unknown origin” in midtown Manhattan, at a location one block west of Times Square.

Shortly before 8 a.m. ET, police said a blast was reported at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, adding that in the city’s subway system, “The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time.”

The police also say that the information “is preliminary” at this point.

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Editor’s note: This is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We’ll move quickly to correct the record and we’ll only point to the best information we have at the time.

I’ve been seeing a man in my backyard for the past two nights

Story by reddit user Opinionson

To start I need to give some background:

I am a male who lives in relatively nice neighborhood

It’s your average small town run of the mill suburbs area with not a lot of people.

I am a college kid who’s home on break while my parents have gone away which doesn’t help at all.

I have a two story house

I do not have gun nor do I have any real weapons other than kitchen knives

I am not on any medication and I have no record of schizophrenia or any other mental illnesses

I barely have any relationships with my neighbors most of whom are elderly and the rest I have minimal contact with

I do not have any people in my neighborhood (that I know of) who have reasons to attack or harm me

Now, let’s get into what has been happening. About two nights ago I woke up very late in the night and I went to the bathroom to go take a shit. Now, my second story bathroom has a window that can see the entirety of my backyard. Directly behind it is a cul de sac which you can see directly into. There is a group of trees and pile of rocks and mulch that divides it. Usually I can see everything in my backroom without turning on my because lights from my neighbor’s house dimly lights the room.

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According to Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 20+ people are dead and 100+ people are injured following a shooting attack on the Vegas Strip last night. The first gunshots rang out at 2208 local time from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino and resort, above the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The gunman was killed by SWAT members. Among the dead are several police officers who were attending the concert. Among the injured are at least two police officers who responded to the shooting, one is critical. An exact number of injuries and fatalities cannot be accurately reported at this time, according to the Sheriff. Police are searching for the gunman’s female roommate, Marilou Danley - Asian female, 4'11", 111lbs as a person of interest in this attack. No other persons are believed to have been involved in this shooting, only the unidentified male gunman, with his female roommate as a person of interest. No explosives were discovered at the scene and no other attacks were carried out at other hotels, despite social media reports. The entire area remains locked down, the scene is active but no further threat to the public is believed to exist. All area hospitals are treating patients from this incident. The Red Cross is in need of immediate blood donations for live saving efforts, so locals are asked to donate as soon as possible.

[Information accurate as of 0500 EDT 02 October 2017]
Anonymous Story : Make or Break

It was around 1230 in the morning. We were dispatched to a routine chest pain call. The patient said he had a heart condition and had an appointment with his specialist 80 miles away in the morning. He signed out AMA rather than get transported by ambulance a few hours earlier. While we were getting the paperwork signed, tones dropped for another call. “Medic ___ , Medic ___ Battalion 1, 3, 4, Command, respond ALS Red for CPR in progress on a one year old”. None of us flinched…

We packed up our gear, signed out the paperwork and left calmly without rushing the patient while he was taking his sweet time. We were 50/50 to being the closest medic unit to the scene. About 5-7 miles out from the call. We go en-route and rush to the scene. Another medic unit, 2 chiefs and 2 chaplains are on scene. Walking up I remember my heart racing. This was going to be my first code as a firefighter. I walked through the sliding glass door and immediately to my right I see a woman crying uncontrollably while a man comforts her, looking stunned. I look in the doorway ahead where I see a crowd of uniforms. In the center of the room I can see a small pale pair of legs moving every time a chest compression is done. I wait patiently outside the room unit it is my turn to swap in for chest compressions. When it is my turn I step in and kneel down just like my training says and use 2-3 fingers for CPR. No training prepares you for the feeling of a lifeless child underneath your fingertips, or the look on the child’s face, eyes closed, getting breaths from a bag valve mask. The feeling of lungs expanding under your fingers, or the sound of air passing through the trachea. After a few more rounds we all look around and the medic picks up the phone to get a declaration of death. Not required but a good idea for calls that might go to court. We all leave the room one by one and walk outside. Passing the parents who are still sobbing, you can see they realize what is now happening. They see the medic begin to walk over to them and tell them the same tired, but true line “Sorry, we did everything we could but unfortunately we were not able to save your son. “ We step outside and take in a few breaths of fresh air, many of us holding back the emotion that this call has brought out in all of us. We clean up our mess and leave the body in the room, making sure someone stays inside until deputies arrived and secure the now crime scene for investigation. We head back to quarters and shortly after laying in bed we get tapped out to another chest pain call. This time 18-20 miles away and it turned out to be an elderly woman with anxiety who just needed some company 

Moments like this are moments that define your career and can make or break you. This job isn’t for the faint of heart. I dont even believe this is a job at all. It’s a calling. And nothing is going to take away my love for this career.


Here’s someone who knows how to give a speech. 

1. He mentions how we are all involved in this.

2. He calls it an “act of terror”.

3. He talks about what they are doing. He explains that he has been briefed. He delivers the information they have on the terrorist.

4. He explains that he talked to the mayor.

5. THEN he talks about how the police and first responders helped to save lives.

6. He addresses the targeted victims specifically, and points out WHAT the shooter was after–reminding people of what was lost.

7. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

8. He describes the weapons. 


10. We’re going to learn about the names and faces of the victims. He humanizes them, and asks us to pray for them. 

11. He reminds us to focus on the victims and not the shooter.

12. “May God continue to watch over this country that we love.”

Donald Trump’s message today did less than half of these things. He used no specifics and no names. He did not describe the shooter or the weapons. He did not describe the victims or detail the events that occurred. It was all vague–and meaningless.

As I said yesterday: he’s a terrible leader.

anonymous asked:

dude can you educate me on pekka thanks

Pekka-Eric Auvinen “The Youtube Killer”


  • born June 4, 1989 in Finland
  • Father: Ismo Auvinen
  • Mother: Mikaela Vuorio
  • Siblings: 1 Brother
  • was frequently bullied at school
  • took antidepressants and tried to get referred to a psychiatric outpatient clinic

Pekka-Eric Auvinen was described as a militant radical who was interested in far-right and far-left movements. His ideologies includes a mix of cynicism, antihumanism and nihilism, describing humanity as overrated and a species among other animals. He was anti-religious as well and hated democracy so much that he also included the Finnish parliament in his list of targets.

“Humans are just a species among other animals and world does not exist only for humans. Death and killing is not a tragedy, it happens in nature all the time between all species. Not all human lives are important or worth saving. Only superior (intelligent, self-aware, strong-minded) individuals should survive while inferior (stupid, retarded, weak-minded masses) should perish.”

- Pekka-Eric Auvinen

Auvinen had a number of online accounts, including a YouTube account where he used to upload videos about school shootings (including the Columbine High School masssacre) and other violent incidents. 6 months before the massacre, “theamazingatheist” (another youtube channel) posted a video regarding kids who admired Columbine killers are dangerous and his list of names included Auvinen’s Youtube username.

On the day of the attack, Auvinen posted a video on Youtube, with the Stray Bullet soundtrack, in connection to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, predicting the massacre. He also posted a thread on 4chan stating:

“Bye, going to shoot people at my school in Jokela now.”.

The Jokela school shooting occured on November 7, 2007 at Jokela High School in Jokela, a town of Tuusula in Finalnd. The 18-year-old student Auvinen entered the school on that morning at approximately 11:40 after he had missed his first lessons, armed with a semi-automatic pistol. 

SIG Mosquito .22-calibre

The shooting began as he encountered a student in the corridor and killed him, then moved to the lavatories. At the lavatories, Auvinen fatally shot three more students and a nurse.

After this, Auvinen began shouting and firing randomly, discharging his gun a total of 53 times in the corridors. At one point, he encountered the mother of a student as she was entering the school, but spared her. 

Auvinen then began pouring two-stroke engine fuel (a gasoline and oil mixture) on corridor walls and floors, but he was not able to ignite the fuel. He then went to the school canteen on the first floor and tried to enter it, but the sliding glass doors were locked. After demanding to be let in, he fired through the glass, hitting some chairs inside. People hiding in the canteen were able to escape through the other end of the room and hid in the rooms behind the kitchen.

A few minutes later, Auvinen spotted the first responding police officers and paramedics converging at the area of the inner court and shot at them. No officers were hit. Soon afterward, Auvinen walked into the corridor next to the canteen and shot himself in the head, ending the shooting. He was found and taken to the Hospital of Helsinki, where he died from the gunshot wound.

He killed eight people in total and injured twelve others by flying shattered glass or sprained ankles.

President Trump spoke appropriately in expressing “sadness, shock and grief.” He dubbed the shooting as an act of “evil” and praised the speed of the response by police and first responders as “miraculous.” His appeals to unity and the “ties of community” were aptly chosen and soberly delivered. And yet, his reputation as a provocateur and angry accuser now colors how many of us absorb his response. His frequent resort to race-baiting and contrived controversy lessens his effectiveness, and his erratic personality virtually ensures that in hours or days he will be back to his old stunts.

In the early morning hours of 17 September, 2016, police responded to a call of a refuse fire in Chicago. When they arrived, they discovered a garbage can was alight. When the fire was put out, nobody expected to find what they did inside. The charred remains of a teenager. The body was identified as 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin Jr. The autopsy concluded that Demetrius was still alive when he was placed in the garbage can and set alight.

Demetrius was a freshman at Steinmetz High School. He was known for his gentle and good-natured spirit and was looking forward to joining the swim team at school. Most days, he would be spotted walking his neighbours dogs around the block. His mother reported him missing when he missed his curfew on the night of September 16th - something that was extremely out of character.

The motivation behind the shocking murder is still unknown and the perpetrator has still not been identified.

Humans are Weird: Going Lights and Sirens

Alright, so I was thinking about the HAW weird posts and thinking about how weird humans are to a rational viewpoint. Then I thought about how we do random things that could most definitely kill us for the fun of it, but then I also remembered @flamingfoxninja post of the nature photographer. So we’re a fairly balanced race. Then it occurred to me in my EMT class that there’s a bunch of us that go out on a daily basis and perform acts so dangerous that any sensible alien species would lose their minds. Just my two cents, feel free to add onto this (please do). Have a good day. 

Don’t be Patriotic today (9/11)

Don’t be patriotic today.  Patriotism is a celebration of ones devotion and loyalty to their country.  Patriotism is about the idea that you are loyal.

Today is not about patriotism.  Today is about remembrance.   

If you want to display your pride in what happened on 9/11, specifically for the responders who were there; then go to your local firehouse and thank them for putting their lives on the line every day.   Give them a hug, bring them dinner.  Donate to your volunteer fire department, or volunteer yourself (you dont have to be a firefighter to volunteer).   Show them that you care about them whether their saving your life or not.   Show them that you remember their brothers and sisters who did not come back from New York that day.

If you want to be patriotic today, thank a police officer that does good in your area.  Acknowledge that although there is bad cops making a bad name for them, that you know that there are also good cops, most of whom have their hands tied by the system because “ratting out” another cop will get them a lifetime of pain, or worse, a bullet in the back.   Show them that you remember the police officers who responded, and the ones who died on the line helping people that day. 

If you want to wave the flags today, wave them for the Military.  The members of the Coast Guard, National Guard, Reservists, and more that not only came to the response on that day, but continued to put their lives on the line and died for years afterwards in the “war on terror”.   Show them that their dedication is not in vain and that you will always remember. 

If you want to remember, then remember the dispatchers, sitting in their protected building, able only to pick up the phone and hear the anguish and pain on the other end.  Spending as long as it took to assure the caller that help was on the way, that they will not be left or forgotten.   Dieing a little bit every time the line went dead, or the person on the other end audibly expired while the dispatch wished their very will could transport them to someone that could help.    Listening on the radio as their comrades on the street were trying to get help… as their last words went out over the air…  “Mayday…. Mayday…. Mayday” experiencing all the pain and anguish of the day, and unable to do more than take a breath and answer the next call for help. 

Don’t be patriotic today. 

Be thankful.   Take the time to let them know you appreciate them. 

Set aside the hate, the anger, the racism, the stereotypes and just remember. 

Remember the day that for a little bit, we were united as a people, coming together as one to help each other through to the next day.  

Remember that day that we were truly the UNITED States of America, and not the petty groups at each others throats that we have become.

Remember the countless lives that were lost because of hatred, racism, and religious intolerance. 

Remember….   and never let it happen again. 

Remember….  and STOP it now.



Double Up

Photos of German police officers responding to the cinema shooting back in June of 2016. I hadn’t noticed at the time but it seems many if not all the officers in the unit appear to have two carry pistols; one on the belt and another on the thigh. There has been some debate as to why they carry two handguns. One explanation was that if they were in a vehicle, the thigh rig pistol would be easier to draw than a belt holstered pistol from the seating position. (GRH)