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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Pisgah and Uwharrie National Forests to close areas in anticipation of Hurricane Ian
Nantahala National Forest to Remain Open at Present



 

PRESS RELEASE (09-29-2022)
NATIONAL FOREST IN NORTH CAROLINA
Roads and recreation sites will be closed due to potential severe weather
ASHEVILLE, NC (Sept. 29, 2022) — The U.S. Forest Service is closely tracking the forecast for Hurricane Ian and is temporarily closing some campgrounds and recreation areas on the Pisgah and Uwharrie National Forests in advance of the storm.

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST

Appalachian Ranger District
The roads listed below will close starting Thursday, September 29, and are expected to reopen Tuesday, Oct 4, pending hazard assessments:
  • In Yancey County
  • Neals Creek Road (NFR 2074) at the Blue Ridge Parkway gate and bottom gate
  • Flattop Road (NFR 278) at the Harm Miller Gap gate and Spivey Gap gate
  • In Madison County
  • Hickey Fork Road (NFR 465)
  • Murray Branch Recreation Site Road (NFR 3518)

Black Mountain, Briar Bottom, and Harmon Den Horse Campgrounds will close Friday, September 30, at 11 am and are expected to reopen Tuesday, October 4, at noon pending hazard assessments.

Roan Mountain Recreation Area will close for the season on Thursday, September 29, at 4 pm. This area reopens Memorial Day weekend.

Grandfather Ranger District
The roads listed below will close starting Thursday, September 29, and are expected to reopen Tuesday, Oct 4, pending hazard assessments:
  • Raven Cliff Road (NFR 197)
  • Steeles Creek Road (NFR 228)
  • Curtis Creek Road (NFR 482)
  • Thunderhole Road (NFR 4071)
  • Pearcy Creek Road (NFR 4101)

Brown Mountain OHV Trail System and Mortimer and Curtis Creek Campgrounds will close on Friday, September 30, and are expected to reopen Tuesday, Oct 4, pending hazard assessments.

Pisgah Ranger District
The roads listed below will close starting Thursday, September 29, and are expected to reopen Tuesday, Oct 4, pending hazard assessments:
  • Avery Creek Road (FS 477)
  • Bent Creek Road (FS 479)
  • Davidson River Road (FSR 475) beyond Cove Creek Group Campground
  • Headwaters Road (FSR 475B)
  • Ivestor Gap Road (FSR 816)
  • Lickstone Road (FSR 97)
  • Wash Creek Road (FSR 5000)
  • Yellow Gap Road (FSR 1206)

Sycamore Flats Picnic Area and Wolf Ford Campground will close on Thursday, September 29, and are expected to reopen by Tuesday, October 4, pending hazard assessments.

Butter Gap Shelter on the Art Loeb Trail is also closed.

UWHARRIE NATIONAL FOREST
Badin Lake OHV Trail Complex will close starting Thursday, September 29, and is expected to reopen Monday, October 3, pending hazard assessments.


Other roads and recreation sites across the National Forests in North Carolina may close for public safety due to weather conditions as the hurricane passes through the area. Potential impacts include heavy rains, flooding, landslides, high winds, and falling trees.
For more information and updates, check our website at www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc or follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/nfsnc or on Twitter @NFsNCarolina.

For Blue Ridge Parkway road closures, check the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/blri.

For NC State Parks closures, check the State Parks website at www.ncparks.gov/blog/2022/09/29/north-carolina-state-parks-closures.

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 29, 2022



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The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

High pressure building across the Great Lakes region will keep conditions dry and relatively cooler today. Into Friday and the weekend, Hurricane Ian will continue to track north and move into the region. Widespread rainfall, flooding and gusty winds are possible.

Please use caution when burning outdoors this afternoon, as conditions are becoming a bit dry and relative humidity levels will approach 30% this afternoon. Increased winds won't help the situation, either. Regarding the remnants of Hurricane IAN: Most of the rain and wind will pass to the east of Macon County. Rain fall totals through Sunday night will most likely range beytween half an inch to 3.5 inches. As the paths of tropical systems are known to vary from the offical forecasts, please pay extra attention to the forecast over the next couple of days.

FOG FAIR SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, NOV 5th FROM 10AM TO 4PM

Friends of the Greenway announce their Fall arts and crafts fundraising event. FROG FAIR will be held Nov 5, 2022 from 10-4 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge in Franklin. Vendor spaces are available (only registration fee goes to FROG)--check our website (littletennessee.org) for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts and crafts, food, and music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the north 3 to 6 mph.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Rain likely before 4am, then showers, mainly after 4am. Lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers before 9am, then rain between 9am and noon, then showers after noon. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northeast 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 59. Winds out of the northeast 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 11pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the north 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday

Showers before 1pm, then rain, then showers after 2pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Rain likely before 4am, then showers, mainly after 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers before 8am, then rain between 8am and 1pm, then showers after 1pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm, then a chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 66. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

A chance of rain before 2am, then showers likely after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

Showers before 10am, then rain between 10am and 1pm, then showers after 1pm. Highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Please use caution when burning outdoors this afternoon, as conditions are becoming a bit dry and relative humidity levels will approach 30% this afternoon. Increased winds won't help the situation, either. Regarding the remnants of Hurricane IAN: Most of the rain and wind will pass to the east of Macon County. Rain fall totals through Sunday night will most likely range beytween half an inch to 3.5 inches. As the paths of tropical systems are known to vary from the offical forecasts, please pay extra attention to the forecast over the next couple of days.



The remnants of Hurricane Ian is expected to approach the area Friday into Saturday. Confidence is increasing that windy conditions and heavy rainfall may impact the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia, mainly late Friday through Saturday, but there is still some uncertainty in the exact track and timing of this system. Continue to monitor the forecast for updates through the week.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Sep 29 2022

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Active Systems:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Ian, located inland over central Florida, and on Tropical Depression Eleven, located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

Aboard Kermit (#NOAA42) this morning (09-28-2022) into Hurricane #Ian





Hurricane Ian Discussion Number 26
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092022
1100 PM EDT Wed Sep 28 2022

Ian remains inland over central Florida at this time. Although the eye is no longer evident on satellite or radar imagery, it continues to have a well-organized cloud pattern, and surface observations show hurricane-force winds near the system's core. Assuming a decay rate similar to that given by the Decay-SHIPS model, the current intensity is set at 80 kt. Given the lack of pressure observations from surface stations, the central pressure is estimated using a blend of standard wind/pressure relationships.

Steady weakening will occur while Ian continues to move over land. Although not explicitly shown by the official forecast, the cyclone could still be at hurricane strength when it reaches the central east coast of Florida or the southeast U.S. coast. Therefore, a hurricane warnings and watches are in effect for that area. The environment during the next 36 hours or so does not appear to be conducive for strengthening, with strong shear and dry air prevailing. However some intensification is possible due to a favorable trough interaction. The official intensity forecast is above the model guidance at this time.

Ian continues to move north-northeastward, or about 030/7 kt. Over the next couple of days, the system should move around a trough near the southeastern U.S. and west of a subtropical ridge over the southwestern Atlantic. The official track forecast is shifted slightly east of the previous one and is on top of the new multi-model consensus.

Since the radar presentation of the center has degraded, and the center is no longer easily trackable, hourly Tropical Cyclone Updates will no longer be issued.

Key Messages:

1. Severe and life-threatening storm surge inundation of 8 to 10 feet above ground level along with destructive waves is ongoing along the southwest Florida coastline from Englewood to Bonita Beach, including Charlotte Harbor.

2. Hurricane-force winds, especially in gusts, will continue to spread across central Florida near the core of Ian through early Thursday. Hurricane conditions are expected along the east-central Florida coast overnight through early Thursday.

3. Widespread, life-threatening catastrophic flooding, with major to record river flooding, will continue across portions of central Florida tonight with considerable flooding in northern Florida, southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina expected tomorrow through the end of the week.

4. There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge on Thursday and Friday along the coasts of northeast Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, with hurricane conditions possible. Residents in these areas should follow any advice given by local officials.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 29/0300Z 27.5N 81.4W 80 KT 90 MPH...INLAND
12H 29/1200Z 28.4N 80.9W 55 KT 65 MPH...INLAND
24H 30/0000Z 29.6N 80.3W 55 KT 65 MPH...OVER WATER
36H 30/1200Z 31.3N 80.1W 55 KT 65 MPH
48H 01/0000Z 33.1N 80.5W 50 KT 60 MPH...INLAND
60H 01/1200Z 35.0N 81.2W 30 KT 35 MPH...INLAND
72H 02/0000Z 37.0N 81.5W 20 KT 25 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
96H 03/0000Z...DISSIPATED

TROPICAL TIDBITS

Tropical Tidbits is a website run by Macon Media's favorite no-nonsense tropical forecaster, Levi Cowan. He does not post material just to get clicks or to sensationalize the storms he covers to "make them more exciting." He is reliable and sober, unlike The Weather Channel crowd of Drama Queen Meteorologists.

Levi typically posts videos late in the afternoon or early before midnight on Youtube. [Youtube Channel]

[Wednesday / Sept 28] Hurricane Ian Bringing Catastrophic Impacts to Southwest Florida



What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - September 28, 2022: Evening Update: Hurricane Ian Slams Florida, Headed to Georgia and the Carolinas





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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

A smoke fieldmap was not provided for today. -->















Air quality is in the UPPER range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the UPPER range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range 6.0 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.4 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for September 29th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2017
Lowest Temperature 30°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands in 1964

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on 09-04-1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on 09-30-1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on 09-27-1964
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of September Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 108°F Belhaven, Beaufort County 09-25-1921
Lowest Temperature 23°F Marion, McDowell County 09-28-2000
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.00 in Wilmington, New Hanover County 09-17-2018

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 75.4°F Morehead City, Carteret County
Coldest Weather Station 55.0°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 8.93 in Southport, Brunswick County
Driest Weather Station 2.94 in Marshall, Madison County




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room-
Mental Health Class - Depression: From Surviving to Thriving
Depressive symptoms often present themselves through feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair. This course examines different types, common causes, symptoms, and treatment methods for depression, focusing on moving from a place of simply surviving to one of thriving.

This is a free event at Macon County Public Library; facilitated by the Vaya Health GERO team. CEU’s are provided through NC Department of Health and Human Services.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 6:00pm in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room-
#OnigiriAction with Nanaka Okamura

Join Nanaka Okamura with Western Carolina University's Japanese Outreach Initiative as we honor World Food Day by making and enjoying Onigiri, the Japanese rice ball, to make our world a little better. (Please register at 828-524-3600 so we can plan for supplies)

Onigiri Action is an annual autumn social good campaign connecting the simple act of taking a photo with helping to feed school children in need. During the campaign, through the generosity of our partner organizations, every Japanese riceball-related post on our global campaign website or your social media channel with #OnigiriAction will provide five school meals to children in need around the world(*). World Food Day on October 16 was established by the United Nations as a day for everyone to think about food problems in the world. To celebrate World Food Day, TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) holds 'Onigiri Action' with the goal to deliver 1 million meals to children in need every year. TFT first started in Japan featuring onigiri (riceballs), which celebrate rice as one of the major Japanese agricultural products, and showcases the Japanese tradition of making onigiri for loved ones.

Since its launch in 2015, the Onigiri Action campaign has provided 5.4 million school meals. The campaign received the Deputy-Chief’s Award (by the Minister for Foreign Affairs) at the third Japan Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) awards ceremony 2019 held at the Prime Minister’s Office.


FROG FAIR SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, NOV 5th from 10AM TO 4PM

Friends of the Greenway announce their Fall arts and crafts fundraising event. FROG FAIR will be held Nov 5, 2022 from 10-4 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge in Franklin. Vendor spaces are available (only registration fee goes to FROG)--check our website (littletennessee.org) for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts and crafts, food, and music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.



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Local and State News


• Gov. Cooper declares State of Emergency for NC ahead of Hurricane Ian's remnants [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Hurricane Ian: North Carolina braces for strong winds, heavy rain this weekend [BPR]

• Commissioning Ceremony of the US Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Denham [Macon Media]

• Campaign 'trick?' Political ad touting 'North Carolina values' filmed out of state [WRAl-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• This little-known law is the reason NC Medicaid expansion hasn’t passed [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Obituary: Patrick Francis Dempsey [Macon Media]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - September 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• Franklin Town Council - September 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• Franklin Town Council - Special Called Meeting for August 30, 2022 [Macon Media]


State Budget Details

• NC Budget Table of Contents [Google Drive (PDF)]

• NC House Bill 103: 2022 Appropriations Act [Google Drive (PDF)]

• Joint Conference Committee Report on the Current Operations Appropriations Act of 2022 [Google Drive (PDF)]

• House Bill 103 Information and Voting History [NC General Assembly Website]

• Raises for state employees, preparations for recession, in proposed state budget [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]


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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, September 28 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 28th]

Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine. Class 6: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania



• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 217 [Al Jazeera]

Ukraine War: 'The crisis has come to the Baltic' | Sky News






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (UTVD Operational Update: ZSU Counter Offensive in Kharkiv, 10-12 Sep 22.)







• Putin’s Central Asian allies embrace Russians fleeing draft [Al Jazeera]

• Eastern Ukraine: Eyewitnesses speak out on sham referendums [DW News]

• Swedish intel opens Nord Stream 'sabotage' inquiry [France 24]

• Russia’s Mobilization, Plunging Oil Prices Weaken Putin’s Economic Hand [Wall Street Journal]

• Russia-Ukraine live updates: State Department tells Americans to leave Russia [ABC News]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• Kremlin says Nord Stream explosions ‘a big problem for Russia’ [Russia Today]

• What will happen to the world after Nord Stream accidents? [Pravda ]

• Man suspected of attempting arson attack on military commissariat in Novosibirsk detained [TASS Russian News Agency]

Sep 7, 2022 | Eastern Economic Forum plenary session | kremlin



The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

Hurricane Ian: Live Coverage, Updated Track, Florida Impacts | Tracking the Tropics on WFLA Now | WFLA-TV (Tampa Bay, FL)



09-28-2022 Punta Gorda, FL - Hurricane Ian - Western Eyewall - Extreme Winds - Storm Surge- Debris | Live Storms Media



• Hurricane Ian downgraded to Category 2 storm as it batters Florida with storm surge, flooding [WTVT-TV (Tampa Bay, FL)]

• Hurricane IAN Information [Florida Emergency Management]

• Flash flood warnings issued for Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and more [Sarasota Herald-tribune]

• Stocks Soar as Bond Prices Rally [Wall Street Journal]

• ‘Rules of the game have changed’: Key Florida campaigns keep running ads during hurricane [Politico]

• Live audio to stay at Supreme Court through reopening [Courthouse New Service]

• Judge tosses Sidney Powell's counterclaims in Dominion defamation case [Reuters]

• Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's husband files for divorce [WTVC-TV (Chattanooga, TN)]


Institute for the Study of War



• Iran Crisis Update, September 28 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 28th]


Major drug bust involving multiple agencies across Canada, US nabs $55M worth of meth, cocaine | Global News



Washington Today (9/28/2022): Hurricane Ian Ian makes landfall in southwest Florida | C-SPAN



Global National: Aug. 28, 2022 | Canada unveils 1st-ever 2SLGBTQI+ action plan



Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 28th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, September 28, 2022



• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]



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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:18pm CEST, 28 September 2022, there have been 613,410,796 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,518,749 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 26 September 2022, a total of 12,659,951,094 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:18pm CEST, 28 September 2022, there have been 94,833,079 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,045,619 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 16 September 2022, a total of 604,511,670 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Covid might have changed people’s personalities, study suggests [The Guardian]

Q and A with A and V Livestream 9/28/22 8:00 PM



• Nuclear translocation of spike mRNA and protein is a novel pathogenic feature of SARS-CoV-2. [BioRxiv (PDF)]

• Association between COVID-19 testing uptake and mental disorders among adults in US post-secondary education, 2020–2021 [BJ Psych OPEN | Cambridge University Press]

• Covid and flu 'twindemic' warning as health officials report 'threat' this winter [Daily Record]

• Generation COVID: Record Numbers of Youth Opt Out of College, Work [Newsweek]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Pentagon asks for an audit of pro-US social media psyops operations [Silicon Angle]

• Carmakers’ global emissions 50% higher than reported [Transport and Environment]

• 'Optical magic': New flat glass enables optimal visual quality for augmented reality goggles [PHYS.ORG]

• Amazon Raises Hourly Wages at Cost of Almost $1 Billion a Year [Yahoo! Finance]

• Meta’s Toxic Algorithm 'Substantially Contributed' to Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar: Amnesty International [Gizmodo]

• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

The Level1 Show September 28 2022: A Penny For Your Shorts | Level1 Techs



All Of Amazon's New Stuff - DTNS 4364 | Daily Tech News Show



NASA Smashed a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid. Now What? | Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ



Cordkillers 424 - The Young Pope King | Cord Killers



Why Is 1/137 One of the Greatest Unsolved Problems In Physics? | PBS Space Time



Ham Nation: Upcoming Ham Radio Documentary, W5YI Remote License Testing | Ham Radio Crash Course



How This Fusion Reactor Will Make Electricity by 2024 | Electric Future



Why Did The Earth Totally Freeze For 100 Million Years? | History of the Earth



ISS Change of Command Ceremony | The Launch Pad



When Did Hominins First Leave Africa? | Stefan Milo



Asteroid Smashing Looks Like Nothing You Ever Imagined | Scott Manley



Kepler: The Man Who Dreamed The Universe (part 1) | ParallaxNick



Post-Science Civilizations | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Gravitas: After "sham" referendums, a nuclear threat | WION



I LEFT RUSSIA | INSIDE RUSSIA



EU plans new Russia sanctions after sham 'referendums' | DW News



Russia’s ‘sham’ referendums in Ukraine explained | Al Jazeera Newsfeed



Swedish intel opens Nord Stream 'sabotage' inquiry | FRANCE 24 English



‘I don’t need this war and I don’t support Putin’: Russians make mass exodus | ABC News







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On This Day

September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 93 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)



61 BC – Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday.

1011 – Danes capture Canterbury after a siege, taking Ælfheah, archbishop of Canterbury, as a prisoner.

1227 – Investiture Controversy: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, is excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX for his failure to participate in the Crusades.

1267 – The Treaty of Montgomery recognises Llywelyn ap Gruffudd as Prince of Wales, but only as a vassal of King Henry III.

1364 – Hundred Years' War: Anglo-Breton forces defeat the Franco-Breton army in Brittany, ending the War of the Breton Succession.

1567 – French War of Religion: Protestant coup officials in Nîmes massacre Catholic priests in an event now known as the Michelade.

1578 – Spanish colonization of the Americas: Tegucigalpa, capital city of Honduras, is claimed by the Spaniards.

1714 – The Great Hatred: The Cossacks of the Russian Empire kill about 800 people overnight in Hailuoto.

1717 – An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city's architecture.

1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

1789 – The 1st United States Congress adjourns.

1829 – The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded.

1848 – The Battle of Pákozd is a stalemate between Hungarian and Croatian forces, and is the first battle of the Hungarian Revolution.

1850 – The papal bull Universalis Ecclesiae restores the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales.

1855 – The Philippine port of Iloilo is opened to world trade by the Spanish administration.

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chaffin's Farm is fought.

1864 – The Treaty of Lisbon defines the boundaries between Spain and Portugal and abolishes the Couto Misto microstate.

1885 – The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England.

1907 – The cornerstone is laid at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (better known as Washington National Cathedral) in Washington, D.C.

1911 – Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire.

1918 – World War I: Bulgaria signs the Armistice of Salonica.

1918 – World War I: The Hindenburg Line is broken by an Allied attack.

1918 – World War I: Germany's Supreme Army Command tells Kaiser Wilhelm II and Imperial Chancellor Georg Michaelis to open negotiations for an armistice.

1923 – The British Mandate for Palestine takes effect, creating Mandatory Palestine.

1923 – The French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon takes effect.

1923 – The First American Track and Field championships for women are held.

1932 – Chaco War: Last day of the Battle of Boquerón between Paraguay and Bolivia.

1940 – Two Avro Ansons collide in mid-air over New South Wales, Australia, remain locked together, then land safely.

1941 – World War II: German forces, with the aid of local Ukrainian collaborators, begin the two-day Babi Yar massacre.

1949 – The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People's Republic of China.

1954 – The convention establishing CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is signed.

1957 – The Kyshtym disaster is the third-worst nuclear accident ever recorded.

1959 – A Lockheed L-188 Electra crashes in Buffalo, Texas, killing 34 people.

1971 – Oman joins the Arab League.

1972 – China–Japan relations: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China after breaking official ties with the Republic of China.

1975 – WGPR becomes the first black-owned-and-operated television station in the US.

1979 – The dictator Francisco Macias of Equatorial Guinea is shot by soldiers from Western Sahara.

1981 – An Iranian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft crashes into a firing range near Kahrizak, Iran, killing 80 people.

1988 – NASA launches STS-26, the first Space Shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.

1990 – Construction of the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (better known as Washington National Cathedral) is completed in Washington, D.C.

1990 – The YF-22, which would later become the F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time.

1990 – The Tampere Hall, the largest concert and congress center in the Nordic countries, is inaugurated in Tampere, Finland.

1991 – A Haitian coup d'état occurs.

1992 – Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello is impeached.

2004 – The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.

2004 – Burt Rutan's Ansari SpaceShipOne performs a successful spaceflight, the first of two required to win the Ansari X Prize.

2005 – John Roberts is confirmed as Chief Justice of the United States.

2006 – A Boeing 737 and an Embraer 600 collide in mid-air, killing 154 people and triggering a Brazilian aviation crisis.

2007 – Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, is demolished in a controlled explosion.

2008 – Great Recession: The stock market crashes after the first United States House of Representatives vote on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act fails.

2009 – The 8.1 Mw  Samoa earthquake results in a tsunami that kills 189 and injures hundreds.

2011 – The special court in India convicted all 269 accused officials for atrocity on Dalits and 17 for rape in the Vachathi case.

2013 – Over 42 people are killed by members of Boko Haram at the College of Agriculture in Nigeria.

2016 – Eleven days after the Uri attack, the Indian Army conducts "surgical strikes" against suspected militants in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

2019 – Violence and low turnout mark the 2019 Afghan presidential election.


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Published at 3:30am on Thursday, September 29, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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