Dubbed 2015 TB145, or the ‘Halloween asteroid,’ the over 600-meter-wide rock hurtled past Earth on October 31, 2015. Radar images captured by NASA as it came within some 480,000 kilometers of our planet revealed some of the pronounced cavities and ridges that give the macabre looking boulder its distinctive skull-like shape.
First observed on October 10, 2015 by researchers at the University of Hawaii, the asteroid is set to swing by Earth for a second run in the new year. According to Pablo Santo-Sanz from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, the asteroid’s previous encounter with Earth yielded some spectacular information about its characteristics and behavior.
“From observations from Spain, we discovered that this object’s most likely rotation period is 2.94 hours, in other words, this is the approximate length of its day, although we cannot rule out another possibility: 4.78 hours, another solution which is consistent with our optical data,” he said.
“The object measures between 625m and 700m, its shape is a slightly flattened ellipsoid, and its rotation axis was roughly perpendicular to the Earth at the time of its closest proximity.”
Santo-Sanz added that through light analysis of the object, the rock is “only slightly more reflective than charcoal,” while the rate at which it absorbs heat is consistent with that of other asteroids.
The Halloween asteroid is expected to fly by Earth next November. However, it will not come anywhere near as close as before for many years to come.
According to Thomas G Muller, a researcher from the Max-Planck-Institute who was involved in studying the asteroid, the subsequent “exciting” visit from the Halloween asteroid will come 71 years from now.
“The next slightly more exciting encounter will be around Halloween’s day in the year 2088, when the object approaches Earth to a distance of about 20 lunar distances. The encounter on Halloween in 2015 was the closest approach of an object that size since 2006, the next known similar event is the passage of asteroid 1999 AN10 on August 7, 2027,” he said.
Oklahoma City, OK — James McHenry, an Oklahoma City resident, says the 15-year-old boy police encountered in his neighborhood is lucky to be alive. Ten days before Halloween, the young man donned his Halloween mask, grabbed an airsoft pistol, and started walking around his neighborhood. Unfortunately for the young man, police were called to the scene.
Upon arrival, OKC sheriff’s deputies ordered the boy to get face down on the ground and put his hands behind his back. Then they gave him a lecture asking, “What was it doing in your hand?” They explained to the boy he could have been killed had he not dropped the weapon and complied. Once again, full compliance or death was threatened.
According to news reports, the boy had been “lurking” through the neighborhood peering into windows. But what if his only goal was to scare his friend or his friend’s family? Is that a crime, and is it not expected during the scariest time of the year? To some, the whole incident serves to illustrate just how trigger happy police officers are and how quick the public is to defend their actions.
McHenry told reporters that if the boy had been shot by police, there would have been an “uproar” and the community would have been up in arms. He’s likely correct. Every year at Halloween, police seem to attempt to scare the public. They released the body camera footage on Halloween day, October 31st, to serve as a reminder who the public should really be scared of and to whom everyone should bow down to when told. What if the boy were standing in his own driveway and refused to drop the gun?
The sad truth is he would have been killed instantly and become yet another statistic to be added to the nearly 1,200 people killed by police every year.
The humor was lost with the officers who quickly berated the young boy (whose face was blurred because he’s a minor).
You almost got killed…You almost got bullets put in you. You understand that? You had it in your hand…What’s this fake gun and mask over here then if you didn’t do nothing? The one I saw you put down. Hands behind your back.
What police seem to not understand that when they immediately go to their weapons and pull a loaded handgun on a kid, they’re doing to the kid precisely what the public pays them to protect children from strangers pulling out a gun on the public and forcing them against their will to obey their orders. It seems there may have been a better way to handle the situation.
Would it not have been prudent to use a loudspeaker from the vehicle first? Would it not have been wise to call the home where the boy was seen, and ask the adults if their children are outside dressed in Halloween masks? These questions and more remain as once again a child was ordered to the ground under threat of homicide by law enforcement officers and it was, in the opinion of TFTP, no accident that they released the footage on Halloween Day.
If they had of shot him, we would of had an uproar in the neighborhood in the city, because they wouldn’t have known that it was a fake gun until after it had been done…It starts at home and if we don’t teach them and tell them what is going on out there in the world, then you can’t blame the police men…You got to blame yourself.
We couldn’t agree more, Mr. McHenry. But the community needs also to learn it can handle its own business without involving the boys in blue who proved in this instance they’re more than capable of killing a kid in a costume.
— ShardaagrayKOKH (@FOX25Shardaa) October 31, 2017
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-body-cam-shoot-kid-costume-mask/
Eggs and fireworks were hurled at law-enforcement officers in Hamburg, where several hundred youths rioted in three districts, Zeit Online reported. Six young people were detained, with two criminal cases initiated.
Police had to reinforce their presence outside Cologne Cathedral over reports of “heavily intoxicated and aggressive groups of men,” in the city center, who were mostly of North African or Arab origin, according to Zeit.
In Berlin, around 100 young people attacked passers-by and policemen. Many law-enforcement officials wore helmets and protective vests. “We had to summon our colleagues for support several times,” a police spokesman said, as cited by Zeit. Two teenagers aged 15 and 16 were briefly detained for causing serious bodily harm.
Although the zombie walk in downtown Essen was largely peaceful, disturbances broke out at the railway station, forcing local authorities to close services for around an hour. Approximately 200 men reportedly gathered in small groups around the railway station.
Some altercations occurred between them and participants of the zombie walk, with verbal assaults and “a few offenses” hurled by both sides, Volker Stall of the Federal Police said, as cited by Der Spiegel.
HALLOWEEN IN AMERICA IN 2015 IS ONE THE MOST-CELEBRATED “HOLIDAYS” ALL YEAR, AND CHRISTIANS PARTICIPATE IN IT NEARLY AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE. PARENTS DRESS THEIR LITTLE DARLINGS IN PRINCESS AND COWBOY COSTUMES, KNOCK ON DOORS FOR CANDY, AND DECORATE THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOUSES WITH FESTIVE JACK-O-LANTERNS, HANGING GHOSTS, ADORABLE WITCHES AND WARLOCKS. BUT WHERE DID THIS DAY ORIGINATE? LET’S TAKE A LOOK.
Many Christians celebrate holidays, such as Halloween, without thinking about their origins or true meaning. It is impossible to separate Halloween from the Druids because they originated the “holiday.” For several hundred years before Christ, the Celts inhabited what is now France, Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. Celtic priests were called Druids. These people were eventually conquered by the Romans. Information about the Celts and Druids comes from Caesar and the Roman historians, Greek writings from about 200 B.C., and very early records found in Ireland. Greek and Roman writings about the Druids dwell heavily on their frequent and barbaric human sacrifices. The ancient Irish texts say little about human sacrifices, but detail the Druids’ use of magic to raise storms, lay curses on places, kill by the use of spells, and create magical obstacles.
The cute jack-o-lanterns on your front porch were first used by the Druids in their human sacrifices. After they killed their victim, they drained the fat from their body and filled the gourd or pumpkin with it and put a candle wick inside. A sinister face was carved on the outside face of the pumpkin and the wick was lit, burning the fat as fuel. This was done to appease their gods, the dark spirits, Satan.
October 31st was celebrated by the Druids with many human sacrifices and a festival honoring their sun god and Samhain, the lord of the dead. They believed that the sinful souls of those who died during the year were in a place of torment, and would be released only if Samhain was pleased with their sacrifices.
Irish records tell of the fascination the Catholic monks had with the powerful Druids, and Druids soon became important members of their monasteries. Pope Gregory the Great decided to incorporate the Druids’ holiday into the church. He made the proclamation, “They are no longer to sacrifice beasts to the devil, but they may kill them for food to the praise of God, and give thanks to the giver of all gifts for His bounty.” Pope Gregory III moved the church festival of October 31st to November 1st and called it All Hallows or All Saints’ Day. Pope Gregory IV decreed that the day was to be a universal church observance. The term Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve.
The founding fathers of America refused to permit the holiday to be observed because they knew it was a pagan holiday. Halloween was not widely celebrated in the U.S. until about 1900. In the 1840’s there was a terrible potato famine in Ireland which sent thousands of Catholic Irish to America. They brought Halloween with them. The modern custom of going from door to door asking for food and candy goes back to the time of the Druids. They believed that sinful, lost souls were released upon the earth by Samhain for one night on October 31st while they awaited their judgment. They were thought to throng about the houses of the living and were greeted with banquet-laden tables. People greatly feared these spirits and thought that the spirits would harm and even kill them if the sacrifices they gave did not appease Samhain. They carved demonic faces into pumpkins or large turnips, placing a candle in them to keep the evil spirits away from their homes.
The modern custom of going from door to door asking for food and candy goes back to the time of the Druids. They believed that sinful, lost souls were released upon the earth by Samhain for one night on October 31st while they awaited their judgment. They were thought to throng about the houses of the living and were greeted with banquet-laden tables. People greatly feared these spirits and thought that the spirits would harm and even kill them if the sacrifices they gave did not appease Samhain. They carved demonic faces into pumpkins or large turnips, placing a candle in them to keep the evil spirits away from their homes.
The tradition of bobbing for apples and giving out nuts came from a Roman addition to the Druidic New Year’s eve. The Romans worshiped Pomona who was the goddess of the harvest. They combined their harvest festival to Pomona with Halloween. Very little archeological evidence of the Druids has been found, but there is excellent agreement between the Roman and Irish documents. Both clearly state that the knowledge of the Druids was never committed to writing but passed from generation to generation by oral teaching. This was to protect their secrets. Nothing is put into writing. The Druids continue on secretly with much the same traditions.
When we, the Christians, participate in Halloween we are continuing the Druid tradition that was begun in human sacrifices and worship of the gods of the underworld. The Bible tells us to not merely avoid evil, but to also avoid anything that might appear evil. We are called to be “salt and light” to a lost and dying world. We are called to be a “peculiar people”, visibly different from the world around us. Participating in the Devil’s holiday, at the very least, is a bad testimony and sends confusing messages to our children.
Use your liberty in Christ any way you chose this October 31st, just remember that one day Jesus will ask you about it at the Judgment Seat.
What answer will you give Him in that day?
Law enforcement across the country have taken to social media and to local news outlets to once again to “warn parents of the dangers of drug-laced Halloween candy.”
For decades, every year at this time, police and their irresponsible echo chambers in the media set out to sound the alarm that evil people will attempt to drug your kids. Over the past several years, as marijuana has become more legal throughout the country, these warnings have intensified.
The sheer lack of critical thought in blindly accepting the wholeheartedly asinine idea of people giving away expensive drugs to somehow taint the innocence of children is shocking.
— NJ Attorney General (@NewJerseyAG) October 24, 2017
Marijuana-infused candy is not cheap. The idea that a pot user would want to spend their hard earned money on the small chance that their suspiciously wrapped candy may be eaten by a child is laughable. However, the urban myth—in spite of the fact that there has never been a documented case of a child receiving tainted candy from a stranger on Halloween—continues to be rammed down society’s throat year after year.
This is no accident either.
Parents:This year please be bit more cautious inspecting Halloween unwrapped/unmarked candy for THC infused products pic.twitter.com/BB0vSflCs0
— Chief Carmichael (@WalpoleChief) October 27, 2017
Moral panic of this kind bubbles up every year in mid-October, and the legalization of marijuana across the country – which can take the form of edibles that resemble brownies, cookies, or candy – has added a new flavor to that familiar witches’ brew. However, as MTV News reported, “we’ve been to this dance before. The myth of poisoned or drugged Halloween candy has been going around at this time of year since at least the ‘60s. Before marijuana candies, Americans have been scared of everything from heroin to metal shards in their kids’ sugary loot.”
Despite this annual outbreak of alarm, “there’s never been a proven case of some random madman intentionally poisoning random trick-or-treaters. In fact, children are more likely to be poisoned by a family member than a stranger around Halloween.”
“I have always been skeptical of claims that maniacs try to poison kids’ treats,” observes Joel Best, a professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Delaware. “Why would they do that?”
The implicit answer, as TFTP’s William Grigg writes, from the perspective of those promoting the panic, is that drug fiends are motivated by a sadistic desire to defile childhood innocence. Just as “war on terror” propaganda cultivates a directionless fear of swarthy, savagely bearded foreigners who “hate us for our freedom,” agitprop conducted in the “war on drugs” endlessly recapitulates similar themes put into circulation decades ago by the arch-prohibitionist Harry Anslinger.
In testimony under oath before Congress in 1937, Anslinger insisted: “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.” As head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Anslinger maintained a “gore file” replete with lurid stories — many of them entirely fictitious — of marijuana-crazed people committing hideous crimes, including rape, murder, and “miscegenation.” Anslinger was endlessly preoccupied with the idea that black people are particularly susceptible to marijuana, and that one particularly acute danger posed by the demon weed was its role in breaking down the barriers against “race-mixing.”
The most important reason to outlaw marijuana, Anslinger insisted, “is its effect on the degenerate races.” Marijuana was nothing less than the drug used to seal the bloody covenants sworn by members of the ancient Order of Assassins, Ansligner tremulously informed a credulous public, and even today it plays a central role in the never-ending plot by dark and devious men who seek to steal the innocence of “Our Children.”
“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers,” Anslinger reportedly said on one occasion. “Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”
Following World War II, after it was documented that marijuana did not promote outbursts of violent, aggressive behavior, Anslinger reversed field entirely. By 1948, he insisted that the same drug that turned men into paranoid, predatory criminals and white women into aggressive sluts would somehow turn young people into weak-willed pacifists unwilling and unable to obey the muster call to take up arms against the Communist Menace. Sadly, the public followed in lockstep.
It is important to note that while there has never been a single case of a random child being poisoned by a stranger’s Halloween candy, the ones pushing this ridiculous myth have killed thousands—including innocent children. Police in America kill over 1,000 people a year, many of them are unarmed and innocent. But we are supposed to fear candy.
Parents whose children participate in trick-or-treating should exercise discretion and supervise them carefully, but they shouldn’t fall prey to officially-promoted urban myths. Practicing adults should know better than to be spooked by the ghost of Harry Anslinger.
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-myth-halloween-poisoned-candy/
A new study reveals that 42 percent of food contamination warnings in California is linked to high levels of lead in candy since the state passed a law on testing and monitoring the food item in 2006.
Thousands of candy brands have been reported to contain lead – mostly imported ones from Mexico, China, and India – than for any other contamination. As many as 10,000 children are poisoned by lead in California each year, according to a study by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Lead study author Dr Margaret Handley urges consumers and policy-makers alike to make sure that children don’t receive or eat lead-contaminated candies during trick-or-treat this Halloween. The National Retail Federation predicted that a record-breaking $9.1 billion would have been spent on candies this Halloween; majority of which would have been imported to California from Mexico (34 percent), China (24 percent) and India (20 percent).
The UCSF study reports that candy made up the majority of lead warnings issued for imported food products – a total of 96.3 percent between 2001 and 2014. Lead poisoning is also estimated to have affected more than one million American children during the study period.
The findings also suggest that lead contamination was probably under-reported prior to the testing program in 2007. One report, published back in 2002, claimed that about 15 percent of the 1,000 cases of lead poisoning in California were linked to candy imported from Mexico. The report led to legislation passed in 2006 and the Food and Drug Branch (FDB) of the California Department of Public Health to oversee candy testing and warnings, which includes releasing annual lists of tested candies. As of September 13, none of the candies tested this year contained more than .005 parts per million (ppm), the permissible level in California.
The FDB site also includes a list of candies that have been banned for contamination, mostly imported ones from Mexico, India, and Japan. There was also a recall for the popular Red Vines licorice candies in 2012, though it was again allowed to be sold the next year. The list however, appears to only be updated to 2013.
“As more lead sources are identified we must develop prevention approaches for all of them, and not just replace one prevention approach with another,” Dr Handley said in a press release.
“If there is anything we have learned from the lead poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan, it is not to oversimplify or cut corners when it comes to identifying and removing sources of lead poisoning,” she added, recalling the Flint, Michigan water crisis, where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water that contained lead. (Related: Pharma company cashed in on Flint water crisis, raised lead poisoning drug prices 2,700 percent.)
Lead contamination is a serious health problem that can cause brain and nervous system damage, as well as hearing and speech problems. It can also affect the development, learning, and behavior of growing children. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and hyperactivity usually follow lead poisoning. These symptoms however, are so similar to those exhibited by a child who only had too much candy, that they are often overlooked and not diagnosed.
The CDC, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that lead has been detected in candy wrappers, particularly those for imported candies. These sweet treats are prone to lead contamination when their ingredients were not processed and prepared properly, or the ink used on the candy wrappers contains lead that seeps into the candies themselves.
Cyclists are often defenceless creatures, but in the UK, they actually have an insurance company behind them, offering this “Halloween bicycle is equipped with a range of non-standard accessories including an electric chainsaw, flamethrower, automatic smoke screen dispenser, iridium splatter shield and axe.”
Should Halloween 2017 herald a full-blown zombie apocalypse, remember to avoid cars as they attract attention and rely on expensive petrol. Instead, try customising your bicycle as it doesn’t rely on oil, allows you to easily exorcise and is stealthy (it’s a well-known fact that zombies are attracted by noise).
ETA doesn’t say how much extra their insurance costs when you have a bike like this, which is a shame; this would be useful on many streets on any day of the year.