Open Newswire

Tragic balloon crash kills 11 in New Zealand
3 years 6 weeks ago
Zian H

A hot air balloon ignited and crashed in New Zealand Saturday morning. Authorities say eleven people -- the pilot and five couples -- were all wiped out. Source for this article: New Zealand balloon disaster kills eleven


Where everyone goes ballooning


About 50 miles northeast of Wellington on the North Island in New Zealand, the crash occurred. Nobody survived the accident. It was a well-known location for the balloon to be seen.


Unclear how the fire started


It is unknown what really occurred to cause the fire. Superintendent Mike Rusbatch of the New Zealand Law enforcement Wellington division said that the fire probably started by a fire in the basket that went up into the balloon. He said:


“This is an absolutely tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased. We are in the process of notifying next of kin. However, we will not be releasing any names until all next of kin have been advised.”


Weather not a factor


The weather most likely had nothing to do with the crash since “it was a perfect morning for ballooning,” as reported by a Wairarapa District Health board spokeswoman.


What did a witness say?


One eyewitness, David McKinlay, told Television New Zealand that he saw flames increasing from the basket as it fell:


“There were flames licking up the side of the basket, right up the guy ropes. … There was a big, long, pencil-like flame maybe 20 meters long, heading towards the ground at a terrible speed.”


Hitting power lines


Scoop Nemeth Reporting - Occupy Denver Saturday March for Immigrant Rights
3 years 9 weeks ago



The event took place last Saturday (December 17, 2011) at Civic Center Park Ampitheater. It started with a panel at the ampitheater with Q&A. Then, it marched around downtown Denver, starting at the 15th Street and Cleveland Place, and ending back to Civic Center Park from Broadway Street.

The march and panel was to stand in solidarity with the immigrant community.

However, the one-percent don't want to pay their income taxes, but they can sure hire goons to take over the immigrant communities - How is the one-percent terrorizing immigrants?

But, it's time we gave the one-percent a taste of their own medicine two ways. One way is to make the one-percent (with the fattest wallets) look at their family history, and see if thier ancestors were immigrants (coming to America centuries or decades ago). Second way is to make them look back into U.S. History class back in school.

See the no-holds-barred YouTube story below.

Nine-year war with Iraq comes to an end
3 years 10 weeks ago
Ian M

The nine-year war between the U.S. and Iraq officially came to an end on Thursday. A basic ceremony was conducted in Baghdad to mark the event. Most U.S. troops have already shipped home. In the meantime, both countries remain divided from within. The turmoil has not really come to an end. (See:


Getting out


Iraq will no longer have America in it soon. The plan is to be totally pulled out before the month is finished. There were discussions between Washington and Baghdad that would have allowed soldiers to stay longer. This never happened though, as the U.S. wanted special treatment. They wanted to keep all soldiers from Iraq prosecution.


Thurs, there was a little ceremony that occurred in Baghdad. The flag over the city was lowered. It no longer hangs there.


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke:


“To be sure, the cost was high - in blood and treasure for the United States and also for the Iraqi people. But those lives have not been lost in vain.”


All about the war


Almost right after September 11, 2001 when the WTC was attacked by terrorists, George W. Bush started an Iraq war. But the conflict started for real in March, 2003, with the night-time “shock and awe” bombing of Baghdad. The U.S. had over 170,000 soldiers in 500 bases in the country during the height of the turmoil in 2007. Almost 4,500 United States troops, also as tens of thousands of Iraqis, lost their lives in the conflict. The conflict was very expensive though. It cost over $800 billion to working class individuals.


Getting Football Fans To Appreciate The Most-Hated Subject
3 years 14 weeks ago
A Reporting Piece Covering One of the Four Categories of Hard News : EDUCATION Where Combining Those Two Together Can Not Only Help Students in Academic Performance, but It will also Get Football Fans (Young and Old) Take an Interest in a Hard Education Subject. GETTING FANS TO TAKE AN INTEREST IN MATH There are football fans that are so pre-occupied with the game, they do not take an interest in something useful like math. Why is that the way it is? Sheila Bieker is a PPCC Career planning advisor, whose office is across from the math lab at the Downtown Studio campus. They are afraid of math, because it is overwhelming and hard to understand. Fans are so caught up in the action, they find it hard to figure out what is a numerator and denominator, and they find it hard to figure out equations. If fans use math, they can evaluate the length of the football field, and how far the player needs to throw the ball in order for the touchdown. Poor academic performance from students is one contributing factor in colleges and public school failing, and each student’s lack of interest in a school subject (math included) is the cause of academic performance. Students on the football team are so interested in the game, but not interested in schoolwork. Why? “Fans and players are so involved in the winning score, they cannot think of anything else, not even math homework that is due whenever,” adds Bieker. Combine math with football, and not only will fans and students get good grades, but they will learn to appreciate math. How this combination can work is figuring out the measurement of the football field, from breaking the yardage down to feet, to figuring out how there could be 120 yards wide and 53 1/3 yards long. When football fans young and old take one math lesson (measurements and word problems), and tie that knowledge to football action, how is that gonna change the way fans think about math?
Anarchy Does Not Equal Chaos
3 years 14 weeks ago
Cori Gray

Remember how all your punk friends in high school and your early 20's brandished anarchy symbols, and anarchy meant lawlessness, chaos and destruction? I think that is still the most common perception of anarchy in America, and only within the last year or two was I educated on what the true philosophy of anarchism is. It's really the core of democracy. It's a system of self governance where people come together and make decisions about what's best for their community. No one is above anyone else. When you hear about anarchists being involved in these Occupy movements around the world, it's an attempt to make you envision chaotic, destructive people so that you will not feel sympathetic towards the movement.

The reality is that they are involved, and they are not a destructive force. They do "oppose authority" and feel that people should be able to govern themselves. They want to replace the current oppressive forms of hierarchical government with a system where everyone gets an equal say in their democracy. If you know what anarchism really is, then that takes away the power of the ruling class to scare you with the word. It also opens you up to learning a new way of doing things that doesn't rely on elected officials, who will ultimately have power over things that effect you, and puts power back in the peoples' hands.

I think it's important for us to be aware of how our government DOES use propaganda to keep us fearful and misinformed.

This is war: DABC call for support against state repression
3 years 15 weeks ago

November 13, 2011
It’s 11:07 on a Sunday morning, and yet again the 27 Social Centre in Northwest Denver is full of people. Folks are talking to imprisoned comrades on the phone, coordinating with court observers who just left a long bond hearing for 20 arrestees, entering yet more names and case numbers into online databases, and trying to feed each other and take care of our kids.

Police have been rolling by slowly and regularly, in increasing regularity on the streets surrounding our building. We tend to get a lot of roll by cop traffic, but today definitely feels different. They drive really slow, eyeballing everyone and anyone coming or going, and their numbers only seem to be increasing.

Last night, 21 more folks from Occupy Denver were arrested. Crowds were pepper sprayed, shot with pepper balls and rubber “less-lethal” rounds, and beaten with batons and fists. Street medics treated many injuries (yet again) and our legal observers reported many gross attacks on individuals, some not even affiliated with the demonstrations.

Here's to You!
3 years 16 weeks ago

Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They push the human race forward.

While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Apple Inc.

To the Occupy movement – the occupiers of Tahrir Square are with you
3 years 18 weeks ago
To all those across the world currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in solidarity. Having received so much advice from you about transitioning to democracy, we thought it's our turn to pass on some advice. Indeed, we are now in many ways involved in the same struggle. What most pundits call "the Arab spring" has its roots in the demonstrations, riots, strikes and occupations taking place all around the world, its foundations lie in years-long struggles by people and popular movements. The moment that we find ourselves in is nothing new, as we in Egypt and others have been fighting against systems of repression, disenfranchisement and the unchecked ravages of global capitalism (yes, we said it, capitalism): a system that has made a world that is dangerous and cruel to its inhabitants. As the interests of government increasingly cater to the interests and comforts of private, transnational capital, our cities and homes have become progressively more abstract and violent places, subject to the casual ravages of the next economic development or urban renewal scheme. An entire generation across the globe has grown up realising, rationally and emotionally, that we have no future in the current order of things. Living under structural adjustment policies and the supposed expertise of international organisations like the World Bank and IMF, we watched as our resources, industries and public services were sold off and dismantled as the "free market" pushed an addiction to foreign goods, to foreign food even.
Spokesperson for Occupy Wall Street may lose position with public radio
3 years 18 weeks ago
Eman S

The line between individual activities and professional connections can be a very fuzzy one. For journalists, it can be an especially tough line to draw. Lisa Simeone, sponsor of NPR affiliate WAMU’s “Soundprint” and “World of Opera” is now dealing with tough questions about her involvement as spokesperson for the Occupy Wall Street activity in Washington D.C.. Resource for this article: NPR host Lisa Simeone facing questions about political activism

A new spokesperson

Recently, it was noticed that radio reporter Lisa Simeone has stepped into a new role. The Occupy D. C. movement associated with Occupy Wall Street has made her a representative. NPR shouldn’t care what she is doing as an activist since she is a freelancer, Simeone explained.

“I’m a freelancer. NPR doesn’t pay me. I’m also not a news reporter. I don’t cover politics. I’ve never brought a whiff of my political activities into the work I’ve done for NPR World of Opera.

A connection to the business

Lisa Simeone is a long-time sponsor and journalist for NPR affiliated radio stations. All around the country, there are affiliates with the Nationwide Public Radio. These affiliate stations air programs from NPR and other affiliate stations also as businesses such as Public Radio International. Lisa Simeone was employed as an independent journalist and sponsor for two shows, "Soundprint" and "World of Opera."

Not connected to show anymore

Lisa Simeone was fired from WDAV, which produced “Soundpoint” to air on WAMU. WAMU has a strict code of ethics. It says that:

Ignite! #2 October 2011
3 years 20 weeks ago

October's Ignite! #2 has hit the streets! Featuring reporting on the upcoming O22 demonstrations, legal victories, local news about prison slave labor, nefarious police stings, the Black Mesa indigenous solidarity caravan, #occupydenver and plenty more. We are happy to say that Ignite! #2 is four pages longer than our first issue. All submissions for next months issue should be sent to by October 28th. Visit our website at and follow us on twitter @ignite_denver

Harsh Realities- Thoughts for Occupy*
3 years 21 weeks ago
Annie Kissed

 There is an America that white people
have in their minds from long ago. It's the Garrison Keillor America
on Prairie Home Companion, the one after gothic crime noir, and
before the introduction of neoliberalism in the early Sixties. It's
America where everyone's grandparents went to school on the GI Bill,
an America where everyone looked out for each other. One that exists
in suburbs, where if you work really hard you can make. That America
existed in United States in between 1945-1965.

If you lived in Alabama and were
white, Hank Williams was on the radio and it felt good because one of
your kind was playing music, black music at that, and the Depression
was over, World War 2 was over and while people were a little messed
up by the Korean War, everyone still had hope. This was the case if
you were white.

The United States military DADT policy is technically Out
3 years 22 weeks ago
Anjo T
The U.S. Military's controversial Don't Ask Don't Tell policy basically ended at 12.01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Gays and lesbians in the U.S. military are now free to serve freely. The Department of Defense made it apparent that it would have no tolerance for anti-gay activity. Nearly 14,000 soldiers were discharged under the 18-year-old policy. The federal government is telling them to reenlist. But GLBT Americans, whether in or out of the program, still have several problems to deal with. Resource for this article: The U.S. military DADT policy is officially Out

From the president

One statement came from the army. All it said was “the law is repealed.” Obama had more to say than that. He said:
"As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service."

Many celebrating

The homosexual rights groups are really excited about the event. It is considered a win. Rea Carey, of the National Homosexual and Lesbian Task Force, said:
“Those who fight for freedom will now themselves be able to live more freely. ... Thousands of exemplary and courageous service members have lost their careers and livelihoods to this unjust policy, once again proving there are very personal and costly consequences of discrimination.”

What civic leaders say

Occupy Denver Tomorrow (SATURDAY) at noon at the Capitol! Modeled After Occupy Wall Street and the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt
3 years 22 weeks ago

I realize this is very last minute, but I just discovered the facebook event for Occupy Denver, (AT NOON TOMORROW - SATURDAY - AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN DENVER) which is modeled after the Occupy Wall Street protests and camp-outs that have been occurring for the past week or so:

The Wall Street protests were modeled after the protests at Tahrir Square in Egypt, and the similar protests in Spain. This is an attempt to decrease the rich/poor gap, end the influence of money in politics, end corporate personhood, fight for economic justice generally, as well as air whatever grievances you may have about the state of the U.S. government or U.S. society, or, for that matter, air your grievances against the whole notion that governments and other hierarchies best serve the people/foster healthy communities and societies. I did not organize this event, so I may not be able to answer questions you may have, but I came upon it via the twitter feed for occupywallstnyc, so I thought I'd pass it along. I realize this is very last minute, but hopefully it will continue beyond tomorrow, and continue to grow rapidly. Do whatever you can to either attend, promote it, or both!

Live Coverage from Occupy Wall Street
3 years 23 weeks ago

Protesters are still camping out in front of Wall Street in New York City.

Watch Occupy Wall Street protest live:

Some violent arrests have occurred. People have been camping out in front of or near Wall Street since Saturday.

Other reporting

Arizona Invites More Gabby Giffords Style Murder/Violence
3 years 24 weeks ago
Arizona and Sheriff Arpaio are actively protecting a friend of the Sheriff who has threatened to 'wipe out' a family in AZ and to 'kill' an AZ woman. The following threats have been sent to me via email from Justin Michael Nelson, a close friend and crony of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, concerning the murder of myself and my wife Dana, Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:00:20 -0700 Subject: Re: 9th Circuit Briefing schedule stayed From: To: And I would never come and kill you Scott.. Maybe Dana while you watch... But not you.. If you ... actually threatened my existence in the least bit, you would be dead already... Understand? Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:14:08 -0700 Subject: Re: 9th Circuit Briefing schedule stayed From: To: At this point, I could send someone over to wipe out you and and your robot wife - and all I would get from the cops is a citizen achievement award. You sure have made good friends with them, haven't you bud... Once again, nobody, and I mean nobody, cares about a single thing you have to say. I've made sure of that. End of Email Quotes. ******************** Arizona has learned zero from Jared Lee Loughner and the shootings in Tucson, AZ. After AZ State Mental Health officials ordered the involuntary mental evaluation of the Sheriff's crony, Justin Michael Nelson, the City of Surprise, AZ Police Department outright refused to obey the legal police pick up order. This police pick up order was issued after Doctors at Urgent Psychiatric Care of Phoenix, AZ and found Nelson to be a "risk to others" and mentally ill. In AZ such an order can only be issued within 72 hours from the time of the incident. Police per order of the Sheriff chose to refuse their duty and let the order expire. Now its time to look at the police and prosecutor's involved.