Hurricane Sandy along with all its devastation left various stories that will remain unforgettable. One of such stories is of a 25-year-old Jon Candelaria is now being hailed a hero after he rescued a helpless and stranded New York taxi cab driver from drowning.
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102 Minutes That Changed Americawas produced by the History channel and premiered commercial-free on September 11, 2008, marking the seventh anniversary of the 2001 attacks. The film depicts, in virtually real time, the events of the attacks primarily using raw footage. The morning of September 11, 2001 is shown through multiple video cameras in New York City, from the moment the first WTC tower is hit until after both towers collapse.
A series of four suicide attacks took place in the US on September 11. 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally piloted two of those planes, into the World Trade Center complex in New York City; another plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and intended to pilot the fourth hijacked jet into the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.; however, the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers attempted to take control of the jet from the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 246 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.
This gentleman is Alan Foote, a musician and no doubt a patriot, from Washington City, Utah. Foote plans to commemorate the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks with a musical tribute. He plans to sing ‘God Bless USA’ 911 times. Yes, that’s one hug under taking. One that will take him two days to complete. But Foote is not daunted; in fact he is excited and looking forward to his own unique tribute.
Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette has been in the news. Making raves because of his book ‘No Easy Day’ which he wrote under the pseudonym Mark Owen. The book reveals facts and events of the day when the US SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout and killed him.
The film is an adaptation of Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid’s novel. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the story of a young Pakistani in New York, in search of the American dream, on the way to become a high flyer on Wall Street. Events of September 11th shatter his dreams when all that was promised to him in the land of freedom is swiftly taken away.
911 call operators are known for effective managing and acting on the emergency that are made to them. But, in the case of 17-year-old Adrainne Ledesma this turned out to be completely the opposite. She called 911 to help her father who was lying unconscious in the kitchen just weeks after he underwent a brain surgery.
“Who’s they?” He wanted to know. “Who, specifically, do you think is trying to murder you?”
“Every one of them,” Yossarian told him.
In this episode of the Truth Serum: The notorious prison celebrates its tenth anniversary. Despite promises by Obama to shut the prison it remain open even as Obama is ending his first term in office. Horrific Gitmo stories of torture and unlawful detentions continue to surface. Murat Kurnaz who spent five years sat the prison recently penned his thoughts as did Lakhdar Boumediene. A lawsuit was recently filed to force the U.S. Government to release video footage of harsh interrogations. Meanwhile the curator of the Bush’s torture policies is serving as a law professor at U.C. Berkeley. President Obama has continued on with Bush’s sordid legacy and recently signed the controversial NDAA bill authorizing military trials of suspected U.S. citizens.
After listening to this audio recording, we’re reminded just how fragile life is. As TMZ themselves put it, “Life and death were separated by a matter of seconds for Heavy D, who stopped breathing while a bystander was on the phone with the dispatcher.”
In this episode of the Truth Serum: The misbalanced, wobbly and distrustful relationship between Pakistan and the United States continues to trudge along. The United States’ stick and carrot approach with simultaneous warnings and appeals for help continue to baffle the Pakistanis. The best response to the U.S. government’s strategy came not from the Pakistani Government or any official but from an ordinary citizen who labeled Clinton and the U.S. as the always demanding and never satisfied Mother in Law. Still the end game in Afghanistan is very much on the minds of U.S. officials and tri lateral talks are under way to formalize the U.S. troop exit from the region. Pakistan’s preference is to declare cease fire in Afghanistan and to draw all warring parties to the table while the U.S. position seems to be to talk and fight at the same time. For the Pakistanis the demanding mother-in-law’s trip is about to come to an end and they are excitedly helping her back the bags for now. In their estimation all problems will subside once they leave. But this past decade has left them with a huge militancy and extremism problem which is still unraveling. Can their weak government and their increasingly stretched army withstand these challenges?
Pakistan and the United States of America have always maintained a difficult relationship. Over time, the views seem to have become more and more polarized thanks to the constant brainwashing by national media of both countries.
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Ellen DeGeneres scared her fans yesterday after paramedics were called to the Warner Brothers lot on Monday. During a producers meeting, the star began to suffer chest pains after which a member of staff called 911. Only hours later, Ellen took to the stage to host her hit show, and assured her fans amidst jokes that she was fine. She said she wanted to fill her fans in on all the details, “because TMZ is also telling you what’s going on in my life.”
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