Phantom From Space, a film by W. Lee Wilder, 1953

Phantom From Space, a film by W. Lee Wilder, 1953

Phantom From Space, 1953

A film by W. Lee Wilder

“An alien being lands in Santa Monica. Killing two people who attacked him due to the menacing appearance of his spacesuit, the creature takes it off while being pursued by government authorities, revealing himself to be invisible.” (IMDB.com)

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Man seriously injured in explosion in Central Park, New York City

Central Park

On Saturday a young man from Virginia was the victim of an apparent home-made explosive device left in New York’s Central Park. The 18-year-old tourist was in town for July 4th festivities, when he and his friend jumped from a rock while exploring the historic park, inadvertently detonating the device.

The victim’s foot was severed above the ankle, and he is being treated at a local hospital for this critical injury. The bomb squad is investigating. It’s possible this was a careless attempt to make home-made fireworks that initially failed to explode, and was left behind in the park.

Though thoughts of terrorism easily comes to mind in such circumstances, evidence at the scene suggests the device wasn’t deliberately planted to be detonated by a foot fall, and authorities aren’t aware of and credible threats to New York City over the July 4th holiday weekend. Authorities stress the dangers of experimenting with home-made fireworks. The creation of these devices should be left to professionals, and amateur experiments often lead to terrible tragedies.

Learn more about the dangerous explosion in Central Park (CNN)

 

Photo: by Ed Yourdon , license: CC BY-SA 2.0 (image resized and sharpened)

 

Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor and documenter of the Holocaust, dies at 87

Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, dies at 87

Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor, Nobel Laureate, and documenter of the Holocaust, died on Saturday at 87. President Obama called him “One of the great moral voices of our time.”

He was born in Romania in 1928, in the town of Sighet. In 1940, at the age of 15, he was transported to the Auschwitz death camp, along with his family members and the other jewish citizens of his town. He and two sisters survived the horrors, but his mother, one sister, and his father, held captive at Buchenwald, died at the hands of the Nazis.

Elie Wiesel dedicated his life to documenting the tragedy, and telling the stories of survivors. As a very young man he wrote Night, a memoir of his experiences and survival at Auschwitz, which earned him world-wide recognition.

Over his long and influential career he wrote 60 books, and made countless appearances. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his life-long role in vocally and vigorously opposing violence, repression and racism around the world.

Elie Wiesel is survived by his wife Marion, also a survivor, and their son Elisha.

Learn more about the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel (BBC)

 

Photo: by Gr1st, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic (image resized and sharpened)

Police storm Bangladeshi Cafe where ISIS terrorists hold captives

Hostage Crisis, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The world endures another terrorist outrage, as extremists armed with guns and explosives attack innocent, unarmed citizens in Bangladesh. As always, the management team of Face Activities extends our support and sympathy to the victims and their families.

Police have stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, rescuing a few people from the clutches of ISIS terrorists, who seized the cafe, taking as many as 20 hostages. The terrorists have thrown bombs at police, and exchanged gunfire. At least one officer has been killed. Even though some were rescued, the crisis is ongoing.

Bangladesh, to the north east of India, is 89% Muslim, and this monstrous attack happens as the holy month of Ramadan, one of Islam’s most challenging and important sacred ritual obligations, nears an end.

Learn more about ongoing terrorist hostage crisis in Bangladesh (CNN)

 

Photo: by Michael Reeve (MykReeve, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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