Browsing: September 16

A Brief History On September 16, 1961, Hurricane Esther became the target of the United States National Research Project to drop Silver Iodide into an active hurricane in an attempt to reduce the magnitude of the storm.  When 8 cylinders were dropped into the eyewall of the storm near Puerto Rico, a 10% drop in windspeed was noted, giving rise to Project Stormfury. (The dropping of Silver Iodide crystals was tried from 1962 to 1983 until ended because it really did not work.)  Today in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, we will tell you at least 10…

A Brief History In previous articles we discussed the myth that police in America are somehow gunning down innocent black males for no apparent reason.  In Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 16, an unarmed black man, 40 year old Terrence Crutcher, was shot and killed by a white female police officer.  Crutcher would not obey police orders to stop and get on the ground, but instead walked with his hands up to his car, despite being told not to approach the car.  When he got to the car, his hands came down and it is unclear if he tried to reach…

A Brief History Blair Witch (2016) is an American found footage psychological horror film being released in the United States on September 16 by Lionsgate. Digging Deeper Having seen the original and sequel, we were eagerly awaiting the latest installment of the “Witch.”  Slightly slow at first, the movie develops the characters, or should we say, victims, college age kids pursuing the mysterious disappearance of the sister of one of their group in the original incident.  The found footage “real” camera work is shaky and at times disorienting, but the effect on the audience is pure terror as it is easy…

A Brief History On September 16, 1920, years before the great stock market crashes of 1929 and 2008, some unknown, disaffected malcontents showed the fat cats of Wall Street some serious financial terrorism of their own by setting off a bomb in a horse-drawn wagon in front of J.P. Morgan Bank in New York’s financial district. Digging Deeper The perpetrators were never caught, and anarchists to members of various revolutionary and anti-capitalist groups were suspected.  Investigation showed that the bomb consisted of 100 pounds of dynamite and 500 pounds of metal sash weights meant to act as projectiles.  The bomb was set off with a timer, and,…