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BREAKING: Suspected Pa. Trooper Killer Is Right-Wing Survivalist Who Hates Cops: Police

thepoliticalfreakshow:

PHOTO: Eric Matthew Frein, is seen here in a police mug shot from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The suspect in the shooting of two Pennsylvania state troopers is a sharpshooting survivalist who specifically targeted cops and was out for mass murder, authorities said.

He’s a skilled shooter who “doesn’t miss,” his father, a retired U.S. Army Major, told police. The father also told police that he was missing two weapons, a .308 rifle with a scope and an AK-47, according to court documents released today.

Suspect Eric Matthew Frein, 31, from Canadensis, Pa., practices survivalism — the ability to survive without the help of government or society, and often storing food and guns, Pennsylvania police said today. Police who searched his home found a copy of a book entitled Sniper Training and Employment, according to the court documents.

State Trooper Killed, Another Injured Outside Pennsylvania Barracks

"He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference when he revealed Frein’s name. "What his reasons are, we don’t know. But he has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society."

He had camouflage face paint, a black hooded sweatshirt, empty rifle cases and military gear in a vehicle, police said.

Frein’s father, E. Michael Frein, told police he served in the military for 28 years and had trained his son how to shoot. The father told police that his son was a member of the rifle team in high school and that the son became a better shot than the father.

PHOTO: One trooper was killed and another was injured in a shooting at the State Police Barracks in Blooming Grove Township, Pa., Sept. 12, 2014.
Courtesy Pennsylvania State Police
PHOTO: One trooper was killed and another was injured in a shooting at the State Police Barracks in Blooming Grove Township, Pa., Sept. 12, 2014.

Now a massive manhunt is on in the rural forest area of eastern Pennsylvania to find Frein, who was charged today with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer and other offenses. Police describe him as approximately 165 pounds, about 6-feet-1, and with blue eyes.

Noonan said he is still armed with the .308-caliber rifle he allegedly shot the troopers with on the barracks late Friday and is “extremely dangerous.”

"We have no idea where he is," Noonan said.

Cpl. Bryon Dickinson, 38, was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, was wounded when a gunman opened fire during a shift change before slipping away, police said.

Lt. Col. George Biven addressed the shooter directly at a separate news conference on Monday.

"You’re a coward," Bivens said. "You committed this spineless act and you did it from a place of hiding and then ran."

A resident who was walking his dog two miles from the barracks spotted a vehicle submerged in a pond and alerted authorities, who matched shell casings found in the car to ones also found at the shooting scene, Noonan said.

The vehicle is a Jeep registered to Frein’s father but owned by his parents, they told police.

libutron:

Stapelianthus arenarius
As all species in the genus, Stapelianthus arenarius (Gentianales - Apocynaceae) is a stapeliad native to Madagascar, distinctive by its white flowers with five fleshy sepals (occasionally four), spotted red-brown in the center.
Reference: [1]
Photo credit: ©Mike Keeling | Locality: cultivated (2009)

libutron:

Stapelianthus arenarius

As all species in the genus, Stapelianthus arenarius (Gentianales - Apocynaceae) is a stapeliad native to Madagascar, distinctive by its white flowers with five fleshy sepals (occasionally four), spotted red-brown in the center.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Mike Keeling | Locality: cultivated (2009)

allthecanadianpolitics:

Question period: September 16th, 2014: A summary.

Some of my tweets are mixed in with others from twitter.

We humans are newcomers, arising only a few million years ago. Our present technical civilization is just a few hundred years old…we are very devoted to the short-term and hardly ever think about the long-term.

Carl Sagan (via whats-out-there)

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New glaucoma cause discovered

randdmag:

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a novel cause of
glaucoma in an animal model, and related to their findings, are now
developing an eye drop aimed at curing the disease. They believe their
findings will be important to human glaucoma. A cure for glaucoma, a
leading cause of blindness in the U.S., has been elusive because the
basis of the disease is poorly understood. 

Read More - http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/09/new-glaucoma-cause-discovered

scinote:

What is Fracking? How Is It Dangerous?

Fracking has been a hot-button issue among policy-makers, scientists, environmentalists, and the general public alike. But what exactly is fracking?
Fracking, or “hydraulic fracturing”, is a way of extracting the oil or gas that’s embedded in subterranean rocks. It’s achieved by forcing liquid— usually water— through the fissures of those rocks at high pressure.
Jaime Trosper over at From Quark to Quasars provides a good overview of this process. She then answers a lot of questions about fracking, such as:
Does fracking makes economic sense? 
Does it harm the environment?
Does it endanger the communities that live around fracking sites?
Does fracking harm the workers involved in the process?
Click on the image above to read Jamie’s article.

Submitted by Srikar D., Discoverer
Edited by Ashlee R.

scinote:

What is Fracking? How Is It Dangerous?

Fracking has been a hot-button issue among policy-makers, scientists, environmentalists, and the general public alike. But what exactly is fracking?

Fracking, or “hydraulic fracturing”, is a way of extracting the oil or gas that’s embedded in subterranean rocks. It’s achieved by forcing liquid— usually water— through the fissures of those rocks at high pressure.

Jaime Trosper over at From Quark to Quasars provides a good overview of this process. She then answers a lot of questions about fracking, such as:

  • Does fracking makes economic sense? 
  • Does it harm the environment?
  • Does it endanger the communities that live around fracking sites?
  • Does fracking harm the workers involved in the process?

Click on the image above to read Jamie’s article.

Submitted by Srikar D., Discoverer

Edited by Ashlee R.

Somewhere along the line, for reasons that are utterly beyond me, TV’s Adam Baldwin got involved. Do you know how weird it is to see an actor from a show you love repost conspiracy videos about how your sex life is somehow ruining video games? Pretty goddamned weird, it turns out. A friend suggested that ever since his stint as Jayne on Firefly, Baldwin is afraid of women named Zoe. That at least took the sting out of no longer being able to watch one of my favorite shows without scowling so hard I sprain my face.