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Giant, angry rat tries to attack man at New York subway station

Giant Rat
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Josiah Ryan from Soho films the beast approaching him from across the 42nd St. station at Bryant Park.
An angry rat has been caught on camera trying to attack a straphanger at a New York subway stop.

Dramatic footage filmed by SoHo man Josiah Ryan shows the aggressive rodent charging down the platform at 42nd St. station at Bryant Park in Midtown late Friday night.

It then jumps up, causing him to scream out: "Ah! Oh s--t!"

"Oh my God, man, got it all on video, too," Ryan is heard saying off-camera.
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Old Farmer's Almanac predicts 'super-cold' winter for the US this year

The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal.

"Colder is just almost too familiar a term," Editor Janice Stillman said. "Think of it as a refriger-nation."

More bad news for those who can't stand snow: Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal in New England.

Before unpacking the parka, however, remember that "colder than average" is still only about 2 to 5 degrees difference.
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Crocodile kills fisherman in front of his wife in Northern Territory, Australia

A fisherman has been killed by a rare 15ft crocodile called Michael Jackson as his wife looked on.
Man's body is recovered overnight and a crocodile is shot dead after fatal attack, police say

A 57-year-old fisherman was attacked and killed by a crocodile in front of his wife while they were fishing in the Northern Territory.

The man was fishing off a bank on the Adelaide River when the attack happened, Northern Territory police say.

His body was recovered overnight on Tuesday and the crocodile believed to be responsible was shot dead.


Three dingoes attack man on Fraser Island beach, Australia

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A Fraser Island dingo. The island’s dingo population is quite low.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service still investigating but will not rule out putting animals down

Dingoes which attacked a man on Fraser Island could be captured and put down.

A 25-year-old man suffered injuries to his head, legs and buttocks when he was attacked by three dingoes while on the beach at 10.30pm on Monday. The man was about 100m from the township of Happy Valley, which is fenced off from dingoes, and managed to escape and get to safety.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating the attack. On Wednesday it did not rule out capturing and destroying the dingoes.

Two dingoes which mauled a three-year-old girl on the island in 2011 were destroyed, although there were questions about the circumstances of the attack.

Another mysterious die off: Native British crayfish facing extinction following mysterious outbreak of plague

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The UK's endangered native crayfish species could be completely wiped out after a deadly plague was identified in one of its few strongholds.

Around 40 per cent of Britain's remaining 20,000-strong white-clawed crayfish population is expected to die within a year after the government confirmed the existence of crayfish plague in the River Allen in Dorset.

All 8,000 of the river's white-clawed crayfish are forecast to perish at the hands of the plague, a fungal disease carried by the larger Signal Crayfish from America, which is immune to it. Matt Shardlow, head of the Buglife insect charity, said: "Generally there's no coming back once the plague arrives and I think it means we're looking at the imminent end of the species across the south west," adding that there is a real danger it could eventually spread across the whole country.

Triple waterspout vortexes filmed off Swedish coast

A strange weather phenomenon is recorded in Sweden as three waterspout vortexes can be seen off the coast of Beddingestrand, Skåne

A spectacular video has emerged of three simultaneous waterspouts which appeared off the coast of southern Sweden last week.

The impressive clip was filmed by Phlip Devries in Beddingestrand, Skåne, Sweden.

A waterspout is a vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water.


Military claims jet exercises caused strange sounds heard in Augusta, GA

Have you heard the rumbling sound over the CSRA?

We have, too. The phones in the WJBF News Channel 6 newsroom have been ringing off the hook.
Well, we have found out that U.S. military fighter jets are conducting training exercises involving Fort Gordon, so there is no reason to worry.

We are working to confirm where the jets came from and where they may be headed.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Comment: Notice that though this alleged drop training was a scheduled event it wasn't announced until after reports of strange sounds were coming in to the local news. Also, there were military planes in the sky at the time, but according to local residents they looked like F-16's and no one has seen the C-130's that were alleged to have made the sounds. So what could be generating these strange sounds that the military and media is blaming on non-existent planes:

Sott Report: Strange Noises in the Sky: Trumpets of the Apocalypse?


Volcano eruption off Japan could cause tsunami

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An undersea volcano has created a new Japanese island 620 miles south of Tokyo. The eruption took place 500 meters from the uninhabited Nishinoshima Island.
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly-formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists say.

The small, but growing, island appeared last year and quickly engulfed the already-existing island of Nishinoshima, around 1000 kilometres south of Tokyo.

It now covers 1.26 square kilometres.

The island's craters are currently spewing out 200,000 cubic metres of lava every day - enough to fill 80 Olympic swimming pools - which is accumulating in its east, scientists said.

"If lava continues to mount on the eastern area, part of the island's slopes could collapse and cause a tsunami," warned Fukashi Maeno, assistant professor of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo.

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Chichijima, in the path of a possible tsunami.
He said a rockfall of 12 million cubic metres of lava would generate a one metre tsunami that could travel faster than a bullet train, hitting the island of Chichijima - 130kms away - in around 18 minutes.

Chichijima, home to about 2000 people, is the largest island in the Ogasawara archipelago, a wild and remote chain that is administratively part of Tokyo.

Comment: Big things can start out in small packages. As the earth opens up more and more each day, the potential for disaster lurks, for some, only 18 minutes away. Have you been monitoring earth changes around you and have they motivated you to become more alert, observant, conscious and aware?

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain triggers landslides in Japan's Hiroshima

An aerial view shows several landslides that swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan.
At least eighteen people were killed in Japan on Wednesday when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, including several children, police and media said.

Thirteen people were also missing, media said, after a month's worth of rain fell overnight, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks. A resident told Fuji.TV:
"There was rain and thunder all night, beating down so hard I was scared to go outside. Great big drops. I've never seen anything like this."

Comment: See also: Floods, landslides in Japan after rain kill 2, prompt evacuation advisory for 80,000

Cloud Precipitation

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Hiroshima landslide
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A rescue helicopter hovers over an area devastated by a massive landslide in Hiroshima, western Japan, Aug. 20, 2014.
Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.

Public broadcaster NHK showed rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters pulling victims from the rubble. Others gingerly climbed into windows as they searched for survivors in crushed homes.

Hillsides were swept down into residential areas in at least five valleys in the suburbs of the western Japanese city after heavy rains left slopes unstable.

Hiroshima prefectural police said 36 people were confirmed dead and at least seven others were missing as of Wednesday night. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 15 people were injured, two seriously.