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odditiesoflife:

Abandoned Mansions

We love abandoned mansions, especially haunted ones.

  1. The Charles M.Sublett House on Millionaire Row in Danville, Virginia. This Victorian Gothic style home was built in 1874 by Mr. Sublett for his bride Jennie Cosby. It has 3 1/2 stories and is supposedly haunted in this historic district.
  2. This fabulous mansion is an example of George F. Barber’s design no. 37 from “New Model Dwellings” in Fleischmanns, New York.
  3. Abandoned home in Paris, Texas, reportedly built and occupied by one of it’s former mayors. The front porch slightly warms what is otherwise a very cold, haunted-looking house. According to neighbors, the top-floor had been a ballroom back in the day.
  4. Haunted mansion in Montgomery, Alabama.
  5. Built in 1980, Victorian Stone Manor Built In Sharon, Pennsylvania features 22 rooms and 8 fireplaces, covering over 16,000 square feet.

sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

As a result, Texas is not the nation’s most populous state but nonetheless sports “the nation’s highest number of workplace fatalities.” When it comes to industrial disasters, the Times notes that Texas has only about a quarter more “high risk” sites than the state (Illinois) with the second most number of such facilities. However, it has, according to the Times, “more than three times the number of accidents, four times the number of injuries and deaths, and 300 times the property damage costs” as that state.

If all this data was about a terrorist threat, the reaction would be swift - negligent federal agencies would be roundly criticized and the specific state’s lax attitude toward security would be lambasted. Yet, after the fertilizer plant explosion, there has been no proactive reaction at all, other than Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry boasting about his state’s “comfort with the amount of oversight” that already exists.

So, again, why the discrepancy? Simply put, because this is what now passes for acceptable in a deregulated economy whose laws are written by corporate interests.

Those interests are hostile to safety regulation and enforcement because they don’t want to spend even a tiny bit more on making worksites secure for employees. So they, and the politicians whose campaigns they fund, have made an epithet out of the word “regulation” in order to guarantee that almost nobody asks whether we have to tolerate 4,500 dead American workers each year.

shortformblog:

One of two officers shot during an incident on Fidelity Street in College Station has died, according to several sources.

The incident appears to have unfolded about 12:15 p.m. at a house in the historical district of the city close to George Bush Drive. The Eagle’s police scanner early on picked up dispatchers saying that two officers were wounded. Initial reports state one was a constable.

Authorities confirmed that the suspect was in custody; it wasn’t clear if gunfire was exchanged. The person apparently was barricaded in a home for a short period.

Officials at the scene would not release any information, other than to say the public was not in danger. It wasn’t clear how many people were shot and if any civilians were wounded, but initial scanner reports said hospitals should expect “mass casualties.”

More information has emerged regarding this afternoon’s shooting down in College Station, Texas. Authorities have still not confirmed any civilian casualties, or the conditions of other officers wounded by the suspect. ABC13 is currently providing a livestream of continuing events at the scene, and KBTX is expected to stream a CSPD press conference shortly. (ht to Matt Keys)

Update: The officer killed in the line of duty this afternoon has been confirmed to be Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

(more on the story here)

We are receiving lots of information. There are multiple crime scenes, and we ask that the public remain patient during this investigation.
Scott McCollum, Assistant Chief of the College Station Police Department - During a press briefing, providing additional information on the events surrounding today’s shooting in College Station. Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann has been confirmed to have died as a result of the shooting, and another officer is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Two civilians were shot as well, one of which has been pronounced dead, and two other officers are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. (via shortformblog)

fuckyeahnightmares:

Goatman’s Bridge

Goatman’s Bridge in Denton, Texas really isn’t the best of places to hang out after dark. I’ve been there multiple times after dark and have had experiences every time, but nothing was as violent as what happened to me and four of my friends a few weeks ago.

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saffaux:

FORT WORTH - For the first time in more than two years, city officials are facing the unpleasant prospect of having to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals. The record run is now in jeopardy because 560 animals were brought into the shelter over the last week, overwhelming the facility.

For the rest of the month the shelter is running half-price adoptions. Adoption prices for dogs/puppies will be $24.50 while cats/kittens the price will be $12.50.

If you live in DFW and have space for a furry friend, you should definitely take a look. You’re not only saving a potential friend for life, but some also some cash.

At least spread the word. :)

save ‘em save ‘em save ‘em plz save ‘em

loexpectations:

jen-writ:

indiancountry:

According to a Fox News report, the extremely rare and sacred white buffalo born last year has been found dead and skinned along with its mother.

Lightning Medicine Cloud, born May 12, 2011 on a stormy night at the Lakota Ranch in Greenville Texas, was a natural white buffalo—an extremely rare occurrence, happening an estimated once per ten million births.

 

 

I remember reading about his birth and thinking how amazing it was to see a white buffalo.

I really hate people. I really do.

This is really disappointing :\

shortformblog:

Pretty scary scene near Dallas right now, where a very bad storm is producing tornadoes and hail throughout the region, causing what’s been referred to as “tremendous damage.” In this video found by @Breaking, that’s golf-sized hail. Freaking scary. Everyone stay safe out there.

shortformblog:

buzzfeed:

A funnel cloud forming outside Arlington, TX - sped up 20X. Tornadoes spotted in North Texas throughout the day. Arlington has declared a state of emergency. 

Breaking news in animated GIF form. Wish it was for something less potentially damaging.

holy shit

shortformblog:

buzzfeed:

A funnel cloud forming outside Arlington, TX - sped up 20X. Tornadoes spotted in North Texas throughout the day. Arlington has declared a state of emergency. 

Breaking news in animated GIF form. Wish it was for something less potentially damaging.

holy shit

shortformblog:

producermatthew:

Television news correspondent caught “sleeping” on air: An awkward moment was broadcast to all of Austin, Texas on Wednesday when FOX News correspondent Doug Luzader appeared to be sleeping when an anchor working for KTBC tossed to him.

According to the Digital Journal, a YouTube user later claimed Luzader direct-messaged them on Twitter to explain he was not asleep, but rather did not know the toss had occurred as his interruptable feedback earpiece (IFB) had gone dead.

Judge for yourself. [KTBC]

Dude needs sleep!