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July 6, 2013

Independence Day fireworks in Simi Valley, CA turn dangerous

  • 39people injured in a 4th of July fireworks display gone awry, in Simi Valley, California. Police say it appears that one firework went off too soon inside its mortar, knocking over several others and causing them to fire outwards in different directions, sending explosions and shrapnel out into the assembled crowd, though the cause is not yet definitively known. Twelve children are included among the injured. source
14:26 // 1 year ago
July 4, 2013
The irony? The majority of those fireworks, as well as most of what Americans use to celebrate independence from another country is dependent on imports from another country: China.
The Christian Science Monitor’s Schuyler Velasco • Offering up the other side of the coin for the Fourth of July—our utter dependence on China to make the holiday happen. In 2012, the U.S. imported $227.3 million in fireworks, 96 percent from China. And as for American flags, of the $3.8 million the U.S. imports, $3.4 million comes from China.
11:38 // 1 year ago
January 25, 2012

To give you an idea of how lavishly Kim Dotcom spent his money: Here are the 2011 New Years’ fireworks the MegaUpload founder funded in Auckland, New Zealand. He spent $500,000 in U.S. money on this display. And this isn’t even the whole thing! It’s like three and a half minutes — the full thing is like 10 minutes long! Ars Technica has an amazing piece explaining the guy’s long history, from criminal association to lavish spending to great success … to criminal association. Great read.

22:48 // 2 years ago
January 30, 2011

This is terrorism, right? Guy attempts to bomb huge Islamic center

  • who Roger Stockham, a 63-year-old California resident, was arrested last week in Michigan on felony charges over a “bias-motivated attack.”
  • what Stockman reportedly was arrested outside of a mosque with a very large number of consumer fireworks. They could’ve hurt a lot of people.
  • where Dearborn, Michigan, near one of the largest Islamic centers in the entire country. 30 percent of Dearborn residents are of Arab origin. source
20:24 // 3 years ago