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Imagine throngs of people who have never met each other assembling in mid-September before dawn in a Nevada desert town to rush the entrance of Area 51 in search of aliens. It is a fantastical idea conceived of as a joke on social media, but its popularity has spread fast. On Monday, the number of people who signed up for the tongue-in-cheek Facebook call to "Storm Area 51" exceeded 1 million. And now, U.S. military officials say they are monitoring the situation. "The U.S. Air Force is aware of the Facebook event encouraging people to 'Storm Area 51,' " an Air Force spokesperson told NPR. "The Nevada Test and Training Range provides flexible, realistic and multidimensional battlespace to test and develop tactics as well as conduct advanced training in support of U.S. national interests," said the official, using the full name of a site that includes Area 51. "Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged." According to the event's page , the plan is to "naruto run"
Your spaceship just crash landed. Its dark. Someone — or some thing — is lurking nearby. You and your crew have no choice but to grab your weapons and hunt the aliensbefore they hunt you. If you love this kind of action-based scenario, youre probably a gamer. Youre not alone. Nearly 70 percent of Americans say they play video games. Youre also not likely to be playing alone. MMOs, or massively multiplayer online games, are hugely popular in part because of the many ways people can connect to each other during gameplay. While alien hunting or creating worlds or on a combat rescue mission, you can catch up with old friends, make new ones and build relationships that have real-world implications. Reporter and gamer Cecilia DAnastasio writes in Kotaku : Most gaming platforms let users know when their friends are online or what game they’re playing, also offering a method for getting in touch. Discord, for example, displays a green light next to a friend’s name, plus details on what game
The Trump administration planned to target thousands of undocumented families this weekend, according to The New York Times . But as of Sunday evening, there was little evidence of the large-scale effort President Trump had promised. Instead, the president took to Twitter. So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019 .and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019 .it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m
About 300 demonstrators are trying to halt construction on the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope, developers of which are supposed to break ground on Hawaii's Big Island this week. Before the sun came up on the summit of Mauna Kea, the island's tallest mountain, a group of about half a dozen protesters chained themselves to a grate in the road at the base of the dormant volcano in an attempt to block workers from accessing the only paved road onto the what they say is a sacred site. Imai Winchester, a teacher from Oahu who was among the protesters chained to the road, said he arrived at about 3 a.m. local time. "A handful of us committed ourselves to this action to bring light to the situation here," Winchester told KHON . The goal of the civil disobedience, he said, is to inform people about the "desecration of our lands, the failure of the state and its agencies to properly manage something that is important." He added that he expected to be arrested for the nonviolent protest but
Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET With American Airlines joining United in pulling 737 Max planes from their schedules and cancelling flights into early November, many travel industry observers are bracing for the next shoe to drop: higher priced fares and cancelled flights for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays season. American Airlines announced Monday it is pulling the 737 Max from its schedule through Nov. 2, canceling about 115 flights per day. American reported last week that the Max grounding has already cost the airline $185 million in lost revenue. United Airlines, the second largest U.S. airline in passenger volume, said Friday it would cancel flights through Nov. 3. That's 2,100 flights in September and another 2,900 flights in October because 14 of its 737 Max jets are grounded. The Federal Aviation Administration found a new problem in Boeing's Max plane last month, so it will like be several more months before the company develops a fix and the troubled plane is certified to
Somali Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh loved to share positive stories about her homeland and celebrate its beauty. Someone once said, “Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.” Here’s to great new beginnings 🙌 #MondayMotivaton #NaagIskaDhig #HodanLIVE pic.twitter.com/UIFmlEmpLZ — Hodan Nalayeh (@HodanTV) July 8, 2019 Learning to enjoy the simple life of living back home. I love attending events that stimulate the mind and leave you wanting to do more for your society! #KBF2019 #MySomalia pic.twitter.com/v4imbmd1GJ — Hodan Nalayeh (@HodanTV) July 7, 2019 Nalayeh, 43, was among the 26 killed over the weekend when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali port city of Kismayo, officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack in the city since insurgents were driven out in 2012. A car bomb exploded at the hotel in the southern port city while local elders and lawmakers were meeting on Friday night, before
"A man sees a whale struck by lightning, and knows that everything about his life has to change." So reads the flap of Chuck Klosterman's latest book : Raised in Captivity. Klosterman’s mind connects dots that most of us don’t see. It’s sharp, inventive, funny, and a bit skewed. Just like his writing. From articles in the New York Times and GQ to his own best-selling non-fiction and novels, Klosterman’s voice is distinctive. "I worry sometimes that maybe my ambition is greater than my actual ability. That maybe what I want to do, or what I envision myself doing, is one thing and then my actual skill at executing that is another. But ya gotta try..." he says. The book is a first for Klosterman: it’s a collection of short stories. It's the first time he's written in the form since high school, but he says it was the most fun he's had writing a book since his first. Klosterman says it took him about one year to put the book together. He spent five years collecting ideas as they came to
Most snowshoes in the United States are probably in storage right now, gathering dust and waiting for temperatures to drop. In the town of Lake Tomahawk in the Northwoods of Wisconsin though, they're getting a lot of use this summer. Snowshoe baseball is exactly what it sounds like. It's a game of baseball played on snowshoes, though it more closely resembles a bizarre game of softball. Every Monday night in the summer—and on the 4th of July—hundreds of tourists and residents gather to cheer on players who strap on snowshoes and hit a large softball around a field of wood chips. This has been going on since 1961, when then town chairman Ray Sloan came up with the idea to turn the game into a spectator sport capable of entertaining both summer tourists and town residents. An earlier version of the game was played on frozen lakes. Hence, the snowshoes. Admission is free, but slices of homemade pie cost $2. The pie is a big deal here, too. On any given night you can find 40 different
Wisconsin saw a whirlwind of political activity last week, and it was all focused on Milwaukee. President Trump visited Derco Aerospace on the city's northwest side, and urged support of his U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. He also attended a fundraiser. At the same time, the Latino civil rights group LULAC sponsored a town hall in downtown Milwaukee that featured several Democratic presidential candidates. Members of LULAC marched through the streets of downtown Milwaukee during the president's visit. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com what all the activity says about Wisconsin's importance in next year's presidential election.