Friday, December 21, 2012

China arrests nearly 1,000 doomsday 'cult' members

China arrests nearly 1,000 doomsday 'cult' members: Source: - Friday, December 21, 2012

China has arrested nearly 1,000 people in a crackdown on a Christian sect that spread doomsday rumours and targeted communist rule, state media said Thursday ahead of the supposedly Mayan-foretold apocalypse.
The Christian-inspired group "Almighty God" has been accused of spreading doomsday rumours apparently linked to the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar and urging followers to slay the "red dragon" of communism, state media reports said.
Close to 1,000 followers of the sect, which state-run media labels an "evil cult" -- the same description it applies to the banned Falun Gong group -- have been held in a nationwide crackdown that began last week, state-run CCTV reported.
Police detained more than 350 Almighty God members in the southwestern province of Guizhou, while in the northwestern province of Qinghai more than 400 were held for "gathering unlawfully", the Beijing Times reported.
Smaller numbers have been held in other areas across the country.
Almighty God predicts that three days of darkness will begin on Friday, and has called on its members to overthrow China's ruling Communist Party, which it refers to as "the big red dragon", the state-run Global Times reported.
It has also told believers that a new era presided over by a "female Jesus" has arrived and that tsunamis and earthquakes will rock the world, the Global Times said.
The apocalypse predictions have received widespread coverage in China, thanks in part to the success of the Hollywood disaster film "2012", which was inspired by the supposed Mayan prophecy.
Chinese state-run media have condemned the group in lurid detail, with the China Youth Daily reporting that Almighty God "even uses 'sex communication', calling on female members to use their sex appeal to seduce single men".
The sect was founded in the early 1990s, but has remained secretive in the face of government intolerance of non-official religious groups.
Group members use pseudonyms such as "Little White Rabbit" or "Doggy" to conceal their identities, and are often not allowed to carry mobile phones or other communication devices, China Business View magazine reported.
China's Communist Party does not tolerate challenges to its authority and has brutally cracked down on religious groups that refuse to toe the party line, including the Buddhist-inspired Falun Gong, which was banned in the late 1990s.
Authorities were shocked when Falun Gong was able to quietly mass thousands of silent protesters at key symbolic locations including Beijing's Tiananmen Square and the central leadership compound of Zhongnanhai.
China has a long history of religiously-inspired anti-government movements, most notably the nineteenth century "Taiping Heavenly Kingdom", led by a Christian convert who gathered millions of followers in an attempt to overthrow the emperor.
Earlier this week CCTV quoted police in Qinghai as saying their investigation into the Almighty God sect was related to stability maintenance and would be linked to "our anti-self-immolation fight".
The comment was a reference to nearly 100 Tibetans setting themselves on fire since 2009 in protest at China's rule of its Tibetan-inhabited regions, which include Qinghai.

NRA Breaks Silence Following Newtown School Shooting

Published on Dec 21, 2012
National Rifle Association calls for "good guns" in schools one week after Sandy Hook tragedy.


'Gangnam Style' Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

Gangnam Style Already the most popular video in YouTube history, Gangnam Style on Friday became the first to achieve 1 billion views on the Google-owned video-sharing site.
So while the world didn't end on Dec. 21 as some were predicting, surely this counts towards the Apocalypse in some small way, right?
The official video (below) for South Korean rapper-singer PSY's infectious, goofy-dance-driven hit was uploaded to YouTube on July 15. In just over five months, "Gangnam Style" eclipsed such YouTube mega-hits Justin Bieber's "Baby" (currently at 813.5 million views), Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" (632.7 million views), and the venerable "Charlie Bit My Finger" (502.9 million views).
The viral video also spawned a pop culture movement in the United States and elsewhere, with athletes, celebrities, and even Google chairman Eric Schmidt busting out signature "Gangnam Style" dance moves in various public venues over the past several months.
How unlikely was it that a song name-dropping Seoul's Gangnam District and sung almost entirely in a language with less than 100 million native speakers would become a worldwide smash hit of such unimaginable magnitude? We'll leave it to others to dissect the obviously winning formula of "Gangnam Style," but as the Verge notes, the success of the video is certainly "a testament to just how deeply technology is rooted in our culture" and the raw power of runaway Internet memes.
Meanwhile, PSY's mega-hit has been dropping other YouTube records like flies during its meteoric run on the video site. "Gangnam Style" passed Bieber's "Baby" as the most-viewed video on YouTube on Nov. 24. The video also had a record 6.2 million likes on YouTube as of Friday evening. Amazingly, "Gangnam Style" has less than 450,000 dislikes on the site, for a like-to-dislike ratio approaching 14:1. By comparison, "Baby" currently has about 1.5 million likes but also 3.3 million dislikes.
"Gangnam Style" is the lead single on PSY's sixth K-pop album, the six-track PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1 (that's a lot of 6's, just to circle back on the Apocalypse thing). A companion album, PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 2, is set for release in March. For all the success of the "Gangnam Style" video, the album itself has sold less than 100,000 copies in South Korea, according to reports.

Man of Steel - Official Trailer #2 [HD]


  From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures comes "Man of Steel", starring Henry Cavill, directed by Zach Snyder. The film also stars Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Henry Lennix, Christopher Meloni and Laurence Fishburne. In theaters June 14.

Superman, bearing the famous "S" shield on his traditional red and blue costume, is shown handcuffed and being escorted by soldiers toward the viewer down a dark hallway. The film's title and release date is written underneath.


Man of Steel is an upcoming American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan and scripted by David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film will be a reboot of the Superman film series, portraying the character's origin story. The film stars Henry Cavill in the title role, with Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as General Zod.

Development of Man of Steel began in 2008 when Warner Bros. Pictures took pitches from comic book writers, screenwriters and directors, opting to reboot the franchise. In 2009, a court ruling resulted in Jerry Siegel's family recapturing the rights to Superman's origins and Siegel's copyright. The decision stated that Warner Bros. did not owe the families additional royalties from previous films, but if they did not begin production on a Superman film by 2011, then the Shuster and Siegel estates would be able to sue for lost revenue on an unproduced film. Nolan pitched Goyer's idea after story discussion on The Dark Knight Rises. Snyder was hired as director in October 2010. Principal photography started in August 2011 in West Chicago before moving to Plano and Vancouver. The film is scheduled to be released on June 14, 2013, in conventional, 3D[4] and IMAX theaters.[5]



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pacific Rim Official Trailer

Pacific Rim is an upcoming science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay by Travis Beacham and del Toro. The film is set in a world where soldiers piloting giant robots battle against giant monsters who have mysteriously risen from beneath the ocean. Del Toro has said the film will be "a beautiful poem to giant monsters".[1]
The film will be released in 3-D and IMAX 3D on July 12, 2013.

 When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers prove nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

(Official Movie) THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?

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Inside The NSA~Americas Cyber Secrets~2012

You've heard the conspiracy theories and seen the movies. Now find out what really goes on inside one of the world's most secretive government organizations.With the first access given to a documentary film crew since 9/11 goes Inside the NSA for a new one-hour special

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Gun Advocacy Group Responds: ‘Gun Control Supporters Have The Blood Of Little Children On Their Hands’

Gun Advocacy Group Responds: ‘Gun Control Supporters Have The Blood Of Little Children On Their Hands’: While citizens and advocates of gun control are responding to Friday’s horrific school shooting in Connecticut by calling on Congress to enact sensible gun regulations, some gun advocacy groups are blaming supporters of the tighter restrictions for the tragedy. Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, issued a statement this evening attributing the [...]/p

Elementary school cafeteria worker Fired for feeding student who couldn't afford school lunch

WEBSTER GROVES, MO. -- A school cafeteria worker is out of a job after giving away free meals to a child in need.

For two years, Dianne Brame worked as a cafeteria manager at Hudson Elementary in Webster Groves, keeping kids’ bellies full for their all-important task of learning.

The lunch lady loved her job: “I knew kids by their names, I knew their likes and dislikes, so it was just fun.”

But recently, she came across a fourth grader who consistently came without money.

She says he used to be on the free lunch program, but language barriers got in the way of reapplying: “I sent them paperwork so that they could get back in contact with me, but it didn’t happen,” she says.

For days, Brame snuck the boy lunches.
She explains, “I let his account get over $45 which I’m only supposed to let it get over $10, and I started letting him come through my lunch line without putting his number in, and they look at that as stealing.

I thought it was just taking care of a kid.”

She was trying to protect him from the bullying: a cruel side dish to the default cheese sandwich given to kids without lunch money.

“The kids would ridicule and tell them, ah you don’t have any money, that’s why you have to eat cheese sandwiches every day,” Brame says.

On Tuesday, word got around to Brame’s supervisor, who put her between a rock and a hard place: either leave, or move to another school in a demoted position.

The 60 year-old former manager felt she didn’t have a choice.

“My husband died in February, I lost my home, car got repo’ed,” she explains, “Hudson is in walking distance from me, so I took the firing.
Fire me.”
Gary Woodruff, whose daughter attends Hudson Elementary, finds the punishment to be harsh: “It just seems a little excessive that they would do that to a lunch lady, I mean it’s a little bit ridiculous, especially nowadays with the economy and what not.”

Now, jobless and with the holidays right around the corner, Brame is on a tighter budget—giving cookies instead of pricier presents.

According to Brame’s employer, she does have the opportunity to appeal the decision.
But Brame says she doesn’t want to bother, especially because she knows she violated protocol.

Looking back, she says she wouldn’t change a thing: “I don’t think any kid should be hungry.

I don’t. And it’s my belief that some of these kids who go to school and get meals, that may be the only meal they eat that day.”


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Oblivion (2013) Trailer

“On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.”