10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened Last Week

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This week, we’ll be continuing our brand-new policy of completely ignoring the dumpster fire that is US politics in favor of stuff less likely to make you want to hang yourself. So strap yourself in and prepare for a giddy ride through the turbulent waters we like to call “news that doesn’t involve Washington, DC.”

Canada Got Legal Pot

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It was like all an old school stoner’s dreams come true at once. On Wednesday, October 17, legal weed finally came into full effect in Canada. Following a vote earlier this year by Justin Trudeau’s government, Canada is now the second country on Earth where pot is completely legal across the board. (Number one was Uruguay.)

Although weed is no longer illegal, the actual rules regarding the age at which you can buy it, how much you can buy, from whom you can buy it, and how much it costs all vary depending on which province or territory you’re in. One notable example is that Quebec and Manitoba have both banned citizens from growing cannabis plants at home. It’s expected that this will soon result in a constitutional challenge.[1]

The arrival of legal pot and the moneymaking powers of Big Marijuana in a G20 country suggests that time may well be up on humanity’s attempt to make a plant illegal. Hopefully, some other countries will soon follow suit.

Crimea Was Hit By A Horrific School Shooting

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Not two days ago, an 18-year-old kid walked into Kerch Polytechnic College in Crimea and opened fire. His twin gun and bomb attack on the school resulted in at least 20 dying, with some reports putting the number at 21. It also resulted in over 40 injuries and scenes of carnage never before seen on the peninsula in peacetime.

Initial reports of the mass shooting suggested that terrorism was a motive. Indeed, Crimea’s speaker of parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, immediately claimed Kiev was behind the attack as revenge for Russia annexing the peninsula in 2014. However, it soon became clear that the shooter was simply the latest in a long line of loners and weirdos who chose to take out their insecurities on others using bullets.

Now that the carnage is over, the questions will begin. Russia has seen four other attacks on schools so far this year, although none anywhere near as deadly. Already, people are asking how the teenage gunman was given a license for such a deadly weapon.[2]

A Hostage Crisis Gripped Cologne

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Sticking with the grim news for a moment, this week also saw a violent crisis grip the German city of Cologne. On Monday, a 55-year-old man entered the city’s main train station and hurled a Molotov cocktail into a McDonald’s. This mildly injured two people and left a third woman with horrific burns to her legs. The perpetrator then took another woman hostage in a drugstore, triggering a hostage crisis that looked like it could descend into tragedy at any moment.[3]

Thankfully, his repeated threats to set his hostage on fire were never carried out. Police stormed the pharmacy soon after contact was made, shooting and arresting the attacker. His hostage mercifully escaped with only minor injuries.

The attacker was a Syrian refugee who had apparently been influenced by ISIS, although German police are saying that psychological problems may have also been a factor. Luckily, his violent plan never really went anywhere. He joins a long list of recent attackers—from the failed New York suicide bomber to the idiot who crashed his car outside Westminster in London—who were thankfully foiled by their own incompetence.

The UK Considered Making Misandry A Hate Crime

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Misandry (the complete hatred of men as a social group) is the yin to misogyny’s (the hatred of women) yang. With misogyny being more of a problem across the world, misandry rarely appears in the headlines. Until this week. In a surprise move, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced a new review into hate crime in the UK. Along with many other categories, the Law Commission will now debate whether to include misandry.

UK hate crime law allows for tougher sentences where the motivation is proved to be against a community as a whole. Currently, the law has five categories of hate crime: those relating to sexuality, race, religion, transgender identity, and disability. Additionally, local police forces can add their own definitions, a decision that was taken in 2007 after 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster was murdered for being a goth.

The new review aims to expand the categories to include hatred toward women, hatred toward the elderly, and possibly hatred toward men. While some already consider the UK too willing to label things hate crimes, others have welcomed the move.[4]

China Unveiled Plans To Launch An Artificial Moon Into Space

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If there’s a quixotic plan being unveiled somewhere in the world today, chances are it’s in China. The Middle Kingdom is currently hurtling forward technologically as it sets its sights on space. This Thursday, we got the most quixotic announcement yet. The city of Chengdu revealed plans to launch an artificial moon into orbit. This fake moon would then be used to light up the city at night.[5]

Sound a little nuts?

Unbelievably, this idea has been attempted before. Not so long ago, Russia announced near-identical plans to use a satellite to reflect the Sun’s rays down onto Siberia in the depths of winter and provide some light.

The project was ditched, but now Chengdu is reviving it. The hope is that four fake moons will eventually be launched and will illuminate the city enough at night to save billions of yuan in electricity costs.

The man behind the project, a Mr. Wu, has said the moons will provide an eternal “dusk-like glow” over an area of 50 square kilometers (19 mi2). Whether his dreams get any further than Russia’s remains to be seen.

The Gambia Launched A Truth And Reconciliation Commission For Its Dictatorship

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In December 2016, something very odd happened in the tiny African nation of The Gambia. Yahya Jammeh, the nutcase dictator who had ruled the country for 22 years with an iron fist, unexpectedly lost what was meant to be a rigged election to his rival, Adama Barrow. When Jammeh tried to cling to power, ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) forced him out. Suddenly, The Gambia went from dictatorship to democracy.

This week, Barrow finally moved to rid the country of Jammeh’s poisonous legacy. His government announced The Gambia would launch a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission to investigate crimes committed by the dictatorship. The plan is to put victims at the center and bring those responsible for state-sponsored murder and torture to justice.[6]

One big question mark is whether Jammeh himself will be tried. In January 2017, he fled The Gambia for Equatorial Guinea, where he currently lives in exile. Whether his new home will extradite him is unknown.

A Bavarian Upset Shook Up German Politics

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It was absolutely terrible news for Angela Merkel, but it wasn’t exactly good news for her opposition, either. On Sunday, Bavaria went to the polls for state elections. Although Merkel’s CDU party wasn’t standing, it’s “sister” party, CSU, certainly was. Under the leadership of Horst Seehofer, the CSU had tracked right, attempting to get the drop on the right-wing AfD. If that was the plan, it went over like a lead balloon.

Although the CSU still got more votes than any other party, its support effectively tanked, dropping 10 percentage points from 2013 and losing its absolute majority. More ominously still for Merkel, her junior coalition partners, the center-left SPD, plummeted to fifth place amid one of their worst-ever showings. It could be that the current coalition is already doomed.

Yet news was no better for anti-Merkel right-wingers. Although the AfD put up a strong showing, they fell far short of their own expectations, tumbling to fourth place. They were leapfrogged by the center-right Bavarian Free Voters and by the Greens.[7]

The Greens were the night’s real winners. Doubling their vote in a notoriously conservative state and coming in second on a pro-EU, pro-immigrant platform, they appeared to show that the populist left is now also on the rise in Germany.

France Launched An Investigation Into Its Leading Left-Wing Firebrand

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Jean-Luc Melenchon is a guy you may not have heard of, but he is absolutely a household name in France. The veteran left-winger pulled down 20 percent of the vote in the first round of last year’s presidential election, only narrowly missing out on third place. He’s known for his outspoken opposition to Emmanuel Macron and simultaneous softness toward Vladimir Putin.

This week, though, he became famous for something else. On Tuesday, Melenchon’s Paris home was raided by police investigating misuse of election funds. But the real damage came when video was released of the raid. Melenchon was filmed screaming “I am the Republic!” at police officers and shoving them. When one officer got visibly annoyed, Melenchon taunted the young man, daring him to “go on, just try and touch me!”[8]

The video has pretty much trashed Melenchon’s reputation in France, at least for now. The unedifying sight of a rich politician bullying a cop hasn’t gone over well with the public. It’s also landed Melenchon with an additional charge of “intimidation” alongside his graft charges. At the time of this writing, he is being questioned by police.

A Politically Charged Schism Split The Orthodox Church

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In the end, the schism came frighteningly fast. Last Thursday, Ukraine’s Orthodox Church was granted autocephaly from Moscow’s and became independent. Previously, the Ukrainian church had answered to Russia, but a split had been in the cards ever since the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

It was the response from Russia that was the really big news. On Monday, the Russian Orthodox Church announced it had cut ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is somewhat like the Vatican of the Orthodox world. It’s the leading authority that all other churches are meant to look toward. Russia’s Church splitting off represents a tremendous schism and a crisis for the planet’s 300 million Orthodox Christians.

Yet this wasn’t just a religious schism, it was political, too. Russia’s Orthodox leader, Patriarch Kirill, is a fully paid-up Putin fanboy who had warned Constantinople not to indulge the Ukrainian Church. Nor was he the only one playing politics with faith. The Ukrainian president declared autocephaly was all part of the government’s pro-West drive.[9]

The Hunt For Vanished Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Got Even More Intense

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Last week, we told you about Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi-born Washington Post journalist who vanished inside the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. Well, that story’s still ticking over and it’s getting more troubling and more gruesome by the day. Khashoggi still hasn’t surfaced, and Turkey continues to claim that he was murdered by a Saudi hit squad. Now, Ankara says it has the evidence to prove it.

Turkey claims that Khashoggi was beaten in the embassy, tortured, drugged, and then killed and dismembered. This week, Ankara released a tape purporting to be from inside the consulate. On it, Saudi forensic specialist Salah Al Tabiqi allegedly ordered music to be put on so that he could start chopping up Khashoggi. It’s unknown how Turkey acquired this tape. Saudi Arabia says it’s a fake.[10]

This was also the week that Turkish police searched the consulate looking for evidence. If they find any, the killing of Khashoggi could cause huge problems with the Saudi Crown Prince’s current reform drive and attempt to give his country a makeover. We’ll be keeping an eye on this story for the foreseeable future.


COPS RUSH CINCINNATI BANK SHOOTER DURING A MURDEROUS FOUR-MINUTE RAMPAGE

COPS RUSH CINCINNATI BANK SHOOTER DURING A MURDEROUS FOUR-MINUTE RAMPAGE

The shooter who killed three people in the lobby of a downtown Cincinnati office high-rise could have killed many more if his gun hadn’t jammed. Respect to the first male cop in front of our camera when they get to the window, and he makes the dash across to cover to get a multi-angled assault going. That shit wins firefights, and it’s hard to be the first guy to make the rush. So much easier to let panic take over and cause to you just bunch up on the cover.


Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Video Confession Is Released

Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Video Confession Is Released

Nikolas Cruz told the detective he'd attempted suicide and had heard a demon voice in his head for years.


PREACHER SPARKS MASS PANIC BY STANDING UP AND SHOUTING ABOUT GOD DURING AVENGERS MOVIE

PREACHER SPARKS MASS PANIC BY STANDING UP AND SHOUTING ABOUT GOD DURING AVENGERS MOVIE

An outing to catch one of the season’s most anticipated films turned into a panic-filled afternoon for some moviegoers. Armed officers rushed to the theatre in Redlands, where people had just finished watching the latest installment of the “Avengers” franchise, fearing there might a gunman inside.


Who Exactly Was The YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam?

Who Exactly Was The YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam?

Before she was known as the YouTube shooter, Nasim Najafi Aghdam was a social media influencer and a proponent of animal rights. Her relationship with YouTube, however, was complicated. You can see more sexy weird shit from this chick that has been removed from Youtube on Lewd Leaks...Here.


5 Shocking Facts About American Mass Shooters

5 Shocking Facts About American Mass Shooters

 

 

In a year that has been tarnished by catastrophic events worldwide, America has arguably seen one of its worst years in recent times, as 2017 not only marks a year of horrific natural disasters and political events, but it has also been constantly reminded of one of its most prevalent issues yet – gun violence.

Despite being one of the largest developed countries in the world, the United States still suffers from a shockingly violent culture. With many claiming that this is largely due to the fact that firearms—especially assault rifles—are so easy to purchase. Unlike other countries around the world, the United States is quite unique when it comes to their relationship with guns as the people’s right to bear firearms in constitutionally protected.

As America continues to the grieve the recent tragic events of the Las Vegas shooting, it may be time to take a look at what most of America’s mass shooters have in common. From legally obtained weapons, and links to mental illness and domestic violence, here are five of the most chilling facts that you need to know about America’s mass shooters.

5. Most Of The Weapons Used Have Been Obtained Legally

One of the most chilling facts about America’s mass shooters is that almost all of them have purchased their guns legally. That’s right, the weapons they used to slaughter innocent, everyday people were handed to these killers from the counter of a gun store.

According to the Mother Jones database, an astonishing 143 guns that were in the possession of the 62 mass shooters between 1982 and 2012, a staggering 75 percent of these weapons were obtained legally with more than half of these weapons being high -apacity magazine, assault firearms.

Had America enforced stronger gun laws, or at the very least, performed more thorough background checks, it would be safe to say that most of the American mass public shootings would not have taken place as these killers would have been denied access to owning and purchasing these weapons.

4. In Almost All Cases The Shooter Has Been Male

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This particular fact is rather disturbing, especially when taking into consideration the current political and gender arguments within the United States, as researchers have found some rather shocking statistics in regard to these heartless killers. The researchers have found that since 1966, almost all of the mass shootings have been committed by men.

In fact, only five, or just 2.3 percent, of these mass public shootings have been committed by a lone woman shooter. After countless years of findings, some research supports the idea that males are more likely to develop negative attributions of blame that are external in nature, meaning that men often believe that the cause of their problem is someone else or a force outside of them. This often translates into anger and hostility towards others.

There is also evidence supporting that when women do kill, they particularly do so in a much less violent way, such as poisoning, drowning, or suffocating. Whereas men tend to go wild, often resorting to firearms, which ultimately increases the body count much more significantly.

3. There Is A Shocking Connection Between The Shootings & Domestic Violence

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According to analysis of FBI data, Everytown for Gun Safety has found that American gun violence is inextricably linked to domestic violence, with more than half of American women often killed by their current or former partner. Between 2009 and 2016, more than 54 percent of mass shooters have shot a current or former partner or a family member. With this year alone, more than five of at least seven mass shootings have involved domestic violence.

In addition to these statistics, almost 20 percent of mass shooters have been formerly charged with domestic violence, with many more having previously shown signs of violence such as threats, violating protective orders, or evidence of ongoing substance abuse.

Yet, despite these glaring connections, the matter still manages to go unrecognized by the widespread media, unless the shooter is targeting innocent random people or involved or motivated by some form of terrorism.

2. Shooters Are Attacking More Frequently

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It’s scary to think that any of us could be involved in a mass shooting —especially given that these devastating attacks are occurring more and more frequently.

A study by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center has shown that the frequency of these mass shootings has been increasing rapidly over the years. According to their research, the average time between mass shootings during the period of 1983 to 2011 was 200 days. However, since 2011, this timeframe has shrunk to just a shocking 64 days.

Research conducted by the Stanford Geospatial Center found that during the 1990s and 2000s the rate of mass shootings often fluctuated and would occasionally climb as high as 10 per year. This rate has since skyrocketed after 2011, in which it peaked at a horrifying 42 mass shootings in 2015.

1. More Than Half Of Mass Shooters Have Some Form Of Mental Illness

Director of research and evaluation at the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Grant Duwe, discovered a chilling finding after he compiled his own statistics for mass public shootings during the time period of 1915-2013. Over the course of this period, Duwe found an overwhelming 160 cases, in which 97 of those involved shooters that had been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, or at least showed signs of one.

Of all the mental illnesses, Duwe found that the most common one associated with mass public shootings was paranoid schizophrenia, a type of schizophrenia in which the person has delusions of being plotted against or persecuted.

While this doesn’t necessarily mean that a person with a serious mental illness is going to commit a mass shooting, Duwe does believe that there is reason to suggest that it is a major risk factor.


'Pizzagate' Shooter Receives His Sentence

'Pizzagate' Shooter Receives His Sentence

A man who drove all the way from North Carolina to Washington DC and opened fire inside a pizza restaurant because of an internet conspiracy theory was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday, the BBC reports. According to WTOP, 28-year-old Edgar Welch, a father of two, had watched hours of YouTube videos about "Pizzagate," which claimed a child sex ring connected to Hillary Clinton was being run out of Comet Ping Pong. Police and the FBI have said there is absolutely no truth to the conspiracy theory, NBC News reports. Regardless, Welch brought a rifle and pistol into the restaurant in what prosecutors called an "armed invasion" and shot into a locked cabinet where he thought children were being kept.

 

Welch pleaded guilty in March to assault and firearms charges. "It was never my intention to harm or frighten innocent lives, but I realize now just how foolish and reckless my decision was," Welch wrote in a letter to the judge. The judge said Welch should have contacted authorities but instead took matters into his own hands, leaving behind "psychological wreckage." Comet Ping Pong has hired a security guard, employees have needed counseling, and owner James Alefantis says the incident has "left lasting damage on the people I love." Welch's lawyer had asked for an 18-month sentence, but prosecutors say a longer sentence was needed to discourage others from acting on internet conspiracy theories.

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Every Call Of Duty Game, Ranked

Every Call Of Duty Game, Ranked

 

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The biggest video game series on the planet is Call of Duty, a series which has proven to be the definitive gaming franchise of the past decade. The series made its debut way back in 2003, but it shows no sign of slowing down, with millions of players still playing 2015’s Black Ops 3, and a bold new entry on the horizon. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is scheduled for a November 2016 release, and looks to shake up the formula by bringing the action to colonies in outer space.

Call of Duty has held its position as the dominant First Person Shooter franchise thanks to its fast-paced story modes, tight shooting mechanics, and addictive multiplayer suites. We don’t know for sure what the future holds for the tried-and-true war series, but let’s take a look at its past, at all of the mainline titles, as well as a couple of high-profile spin-offs for consoles and handhelds. Here is Every Call of Duty Game, Ranked.

15. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS DECLASSIFIED

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Every great franchise has a low point. Devil May Cry 2, Resident Evil 6, the last half-hour of Mass Effect 3… In a series like Call of Duty, where the highs are marvelously wonderful, its lowest point is a spectacular misfire. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified launched on November 13th, 2012, the same day as Black Ops II. In theory, the single-player campaign of Declassified would bridge the gap between Black Ops I and II, filling out the lore of the series and expanding its universe. In practice, the game could be completed in about an hour, its narrative was thin to the point of non-existence, and the gameplay was clearly a shoddy copy-and-paste job of the mechanics of Resistance: Burning Skies, by the same developer.

The Playstation Vita was tailor-made for handling FPS titles. Burning Skies was a decent launch title for the console, but Black Ops Declassified was a huge step back, with uninspired level design, tiny multiplayer maps, and gameplay that just wasn’t true to the Call of Duty brand. For Vita owners, the first (and last) great original First Person Shooter for the system would be 2013’s Killzone: Mercenary, which proved that the system was more than capable of handling a top-tier shooting experience.

14. CALL OF DUTY: FINEST HOUR

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The original Call of Duty was developed for PCs in 2003, but it was too technologically advanced to be ported to consoles like the PS2, at least not without severe compromises. Instead, publisher Activision tasked developer Spark Unlimited with creating an original spinoff for the console market. The resulting game, Call of Duty: Final Hour, gave us World War II action on a smaller scale than its PC-exclusive brethren, but still did justice to the young and growing brand.

Like its PC counterpart and other WWII CoD titles, Finest Hour offered players the chance to step into the shoes of allied soldiers on all fronts of the war, from an American soldier on the Western Front, to a British trooper in Africa, as well as a Soviet campaign set during the Battle of Stalingrad. Finest Hour won the most praise, however, for its multiplayer suite, which allowed up to 32 players to shoot it out over the internet on the Xbox version (16 on PS2). The map size and player count were quite impressive for its day, and few games even in 2016 bother to facilitate matches with that many players.

13. CALL OF DUTY 2: BIG RED ONE

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While franchise creators Infinity Ward were hard at work on Call of Duty 2 for PC and Xbox 360, developer Treyarch, alongside Gray Matter Interactive, were developing their own game for the older consoles (PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube). Call of Duty 2: Big Red One may only have been a side-project next to the true CoD 2, but Treyarch worked their hardest to make the game stick out from its predecessors. Unlike previous CoD titles, Big Red One had a narrative focus on one group of soldiers, members of the 1st Infantry Division, also called the Big Red One.

Big Red One was always going to be overshadowed by its high-profile, HD big brother, but it still managed to live up to the Call of Duty name, offering a single-player story with grand setpiece moments, especially by the standards of the inferior PS2/Xbox hardware. Also, the game’s voice cast included actors like Rick Gomez and Michael Cidlitz, who had previously starred in the HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers. Finally, the game was narrated by none other than Mark Hamill, who had co-starred alongside Lee Marvin in the iconic war film, The Big Red One. Fun semi-related fact: that film was directed by Samuel Fuller, who had actually served in the legendary Army unit.

12. CALL OF DUTY 3

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In 2006, the folks at Infinity Ward were hard at work on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but Activision wanted a new game for 2006. The publisher had Treyarch develop Call of Duty 3 as a console exclusive; to date, it remains the only mainline CoD title to never see release on the PC.

Development on CoD 3 was completed in under a year, and, to be honest, it shows. CoD 3 isn’t a terrible title, and its shooting mechanics are as solid as in the original Infinity Ward entries, but it lacks the polish of those games, replacing IW’s superb pacing and balanced firefights with an unwelcome multitude of superfluous Quick Time Events; it was 2006, and QTEs were the big fad of the day. Looking back at CoD 3, it’s no wonder that, for many years, Treyarch was seen as the “B-Team” CoD developer. It would take years, and multiple Black Ops titles, for Treyarch to emerge as the fan-favorite CoD team.

11. CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS

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By 2013, Treyarch had won back the crowd, making up for the underwhelming CoD 3 with the awesome spy-game narrative of Black Ops and the futuristic Black Ops 2. Infinity Ward, on the other hand, had imploded, with the loss of nearly half their staff following the controversial firing of studio leaders Jason West and Vince Zampella. The newly-reformed Infinity Ward’s next title after the merely-decent Modern Warfare 3 would also be the first CoD game on the PS4 and Xbox One. However, despite some bells, whistles, and “Next Generation Fish AI,” Ghosts turned out to be par for the course for the Call of Duty brand.

Rather than picking up after the end of Modern Warfare 3, Ghosts opted to tell a brand new story, one that was decidedly out-of-continuity with the older titles. In Ghosts, America’s military and many of its cities are wiped out by a South American coalition. The premise of “America on the ropes” stretches plausibility to the breaking point, but it leads to some interesting gunfights and unique settings, like a city in the midst of a catastrophic flood, or the climactic train level.

The multiplayer was still as fun as ever, though the game was bogged down by a lack of innovation, and a generally lived-in feel. Overall, this was the year that Call of Duty was beat out by EA’s Battlefield 4 and its massive multiplayer suite, which is still massively played to this day.

10. CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE

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After the decent, if underwhelming, Ghosts, it was obvious that Call of Duty was in need of an overhaul. Advanced Warfare would fall short of revitalizing the brand, but it did present some cool ideas which managed to keep the franchise afloat until the game-changing Black Ops 3.

Advanced Warfare’s story, while pretty basic, was given a significant shot in the arm by the presence of a fully motion-captured Kevin Spacey, albeit in the role of a cookie-cutter mentor-turned-villain with ambitions of world domination. On the gameplay front, AW introduced a grappling hook to CoD’s bag of tricks, though there was only a single level which made full use of the grand movement potential of the device. Had the rest of the game been designed around the grappling mechanic, AW would easily be one of the best games in the franchise. Alas, ’twas not to be. AW also brought powered exosuits to the franchise, offering players greater mobility in firefights and more opportunities for aggressive playstyles, though it was more than a bit clunky compared to its rival that year, Titanfall. That game was developed by Respawn Entertainment, which had been founded by ex-members of Infinity Ward after the aforementioned purge of 2010.

9. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3

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Modern Warfare 3 was severely impacted by the exodus of many Infinity Ward staff in 2010. Ultimately, the crew at Sledgehammer Games had to pitch in so that MW3 could meet its release date; unfortunately, this meant that work on their third-person action/adventure game set during the Vietnam War had to be cancelled.

The end result is a finale to the Modern Warfare trilogy which, while all the pieces are in place, is a decidedly lesser game than its predecessors — like a straight-to-video sequel to a big summer blockbuster. The story is wrapped up in hasty and sloppy fashion, and the gameplay gimmicks are mostly just ripped from earlier titles. It certainly has its moments, such as the genuinely heart-wrenching death of a key character in a pivotal scene, and a handful of standout action sequences, but the story mode generally feels too familiar to truly stand out.

MW3‘s saving grace is the return of Spec Ops mode from MW2, in which two players can team up either online or via split-screen to tackle cooperative challenges. This excellent mode was sorely lacking in Ghosts and Advanced Warfare, which replaced it with derivative horde modes. Maybe one day, Spec Ops will make a triumphant return to theCall of Duty fold.

8. CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR

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Treyarch’s next title after the disappointing CoD 3 was World at War. To date, it’s the final game in the series to take place primarily during World War II, and it acts as something of a goodbye to the era. The narrative bounces around a bit too quickly to be completely coherent, but the characters are defined strongly enough to keep the player engaged. It also helps that they’re played by actors like Kiefer Sutherland, Aaron Stanford, and Gary Oldman, who would later reprise his role as Victor Reznov in Black Ops.

In an effort to show a realistic depiction of the so-often glamorized battles of WWII, World at War ratcheted up the level of violence to extreme levels. Unlike Modern Warfare’s generally sanitary headshots and explosions, enemies in WaWwould get limbs ripped off by shotgun blasts, and be utterly torn to shreds by grenades. WaW was an uncompromising look at the brutality of war, and the righteous struggle of the Greatest Generation.

Despite the realism of the campaign, WaW was also the first game in the series to include the Nazi Zombies mode. While it’s practically just an Easter Egg here, the addictive horde mode would quickly become a breakout feature and one of the main selling points of future titles.

7. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS

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After bidding farewell to World War II, Treyarch shifted gears to the Cold War for their next game, Black Ops. Opening with an action-packed version of the Bay of Pigs invasion (complete with the awesome, if anachronistic, use ofQuimbara by Celia Cruz), Black Ops makes use of a clever framing device of Alex Mason (Sam Worthington) relaying the events of the game, from Cuba to Vietnam, to CIA spook Jason Hudson (Ed Harris).

While Black Ops still lacks the polish of the Modern Warfare titles, the ambition of Treyarch is evident in the variety of levels, excellent use of facial capture animation, and an intricate plotline full of twists and turns. Zombies mode returns, as well as CoD’s signature multiplayer action. For the first time in the series, CoD: Black Ops allowed two local players to play the standard multiplayer suite online. This feature would be carried over to Modern Warfare 3 and beyond, and really open up party play opportunities for the series.

6. CALL OF DUTY

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The game that started it all, Call of Duty was the first project developed by Infinity Ward. IW was formed by employees who had worked on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, and subsequently split off to develop their own WWII series.

CoD wasn’t the first game to feature fine-aiming down the iron sights of guns, but it certainly revolutionized the way FPS games played, setting a precedent which endures to this day. Shooting without aiming first causes fire to be terribly inaccurate; aiming down the sights first is the only reliable way to hit your target.

Call of Duty was originally developed as a PC exclusive, but would eventually see release on PS3 and Xbox 360 asCall of Duty Classic, as part of the special editions of Modern Warfare 2. Despite being 13 years old in 2016, the original CoD holds up surprisingly well, as it lays down the groundwork that would carry the series through the next decade of gaming. Plus, it featured the debut of CoD’s most badass mustache, worn by Captain John Price.

5. BLACK OPS 3

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The most recent CoD release, Black Ops 3, is Treyarch’s most ambitious game yet. It has a four-player online co-op campaign (two players locally), the biggest Zombies mode yet, and a total revamp of the basic movement systems. In a step-up from Advanced Warfare’s clunky jetpack movement, BO3 lets players run across walls, double-jump, swiftly vault across cover, and more, all while still being able to shoot.

The story itself isn’t quite as smart as it wants to be, but it’s still a wild and unpredictable sci-fi jaunt, anchored by an excellent performance from Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU, Wet Hot American Summer). Best of all, once the game is completed, it can be replayed in the “What If”-styled Nightmare mode, which tells a completely new story over the existing levels, replacing the human and cyborg enemies with a horde of zombies.

Finally, instead of nameless generic soldiers, BO3‘s multiplayer mode allows players to choose from a pool of nine specialists, each with their own unique special abilities. Combined with the improved movement options, Black Ops 3really shook up the series’ multiplayer foundations, making the experience wholly fresh for the first time in years.

4. CALL OF DUTY 2

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The original Call of Duty was developed originally for the PC and wouldn’t see a console release for six years. The sequel, however, was developed for both PC and Xbox 360, and proved to be a killer app for Microsoft’s new console. CoD 2 was the best-selling game of the console’s 2005 launch, and is still fondly remembered as one of the console’s first great titles.

Basically, CoD 2 was just more Call of Duty, building off that game’s single-player and multiplayer foundations. The campaign showcased WWII on three different fronts, with players taking control of British, Russian, and American soldiers. The game’s graphics weren’t exactly state-of-the-art compared to titles like Gears of War and Resistance: Fall of Man, but they got the job done in 2005, and its online multiplayer component was a huge selling point, remaining a key destination for competitive gamers until its successor, Modern Warfare, completely changed the landscape of the genre.

3. BLACK OPS 2

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After the implosion of Infinity Ward and the subsequently run-of-the-mill Modern Warfare 3, the pressure was on Treyarch to deliver an outstanding title for 2012. Black Ops 2 was met with a degree of skepticism for its near-future setting and ambitious single-player campaign which seemed too good to be true.

Against all odds, Treyarch delivered, and Black Ops 2 turned out to be one of the best entries in the series, and one of the standout FPS games of the last generation of consoles. The single-player campaign took cues from games likeMass Effect and Telltale’s narrative-driven titles, offering a story that changed, in ways both large and small, as a result of the player’s choices, leading to a wide variety of possible endings.

Multiplayer returned as good as ever, with the new Pick 10 system changing the ways combatants selected their loadouts. (SMGs were way OP, though.) Meanwhile, Zombies mode finally offered four player split-screen. While the game’s performance took a hard hit from the pressure of the four-way split, it was well worth it for fans who love playing on the couch with their friends, which will always be the best way to play any multiplayer game.

2. CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

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Call of Duty was a hit series from the start, but Modern Warfare turned it into an entertainment juggernaut, the cultural phenomenon that it is today. Although titled Call of Duty 4, this entry is really where it all began for most players. 2007’sModern Warfare was a revolution in presentation, lightning-fast narrative pacing, and shooting mechanics that felt stunningly fluid and realistic. The story mode, while light on substance, had all the energy of the biggest summer blockbusters, with massive explosions, epic shootouts, and a palpable momentum, to say nothing of that now-legendary nuclear bomb twist.

As game-changing as the single-player portion was, Modern Warfare’s true influence came in the form of its multiplayer component. MW introduced a deep meta game, where player progress would be tracked across all modes, unlocking weapons and other goodies as they level up, providing a deeply satisfying and addicting gameplay loop. The game redefined multiplayer shooters, and practically every multiplayer experience to this day has borrowed fromModern Warfare’s approach.

1. MODERN WARFARE 2

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Modern Warfare may have changed the landscape, but it was the 2009 sequel, Modern Warfare 2, that truly perfected the formula. The single-player game was much more thematic than the original, with grander themes and bolder levels — such as the controversial “No Russian” mission — and great performances from esteemed actors like Lance Henricksen, Keith David, and Barry Pepper, among others. Naturally, it also upped the ante in terms of its settings and the scale of its firefights. “Takedown” and “Loose Ends” remain two of the best missions in any FPS game, ever.

Multiplayer saw a similar refinement, with excellent maps and balanced weapons (especially after a patch fixed the 1887 Shotgun), setting a strong benchmark for the series. The biggest addition to the game, however, was the previously-mentioned Spec Ops mode, which made a return appearance as the saving grace of the otherwise half-baked Modern Warfare 3. This split-screen (or online) co-operative mode pitted two players against a series of creative and difficult challenges.

Overall, MW2 did what every sequel should do: it refined, innovated, and mixed things up while remaining familiar to returning players. Modern Warfare 2 isn’t just the best Call of Duty game; it’s one of the best first person shooters ever made.


Cops Nab 'Zombie-Like' Washington Mall Shooting Suspect

Cops Nab 'Zombie-Like' Washington Mall Shooting Suspect

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The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Cascade Mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said. Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Wash., and immediately recognized him. Hawley said at a news conference they had received information that Cetin, of Oak Harbor, was in the area. Cetin, who immigrated to the US from Turkey, is a legal permanent resident. He had been arrested once before in the county for assault. "I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out," Hawley said. "We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze." Cetin was unarmed and was carrying a satchel with a computer in it. "He was kind of zombie-like," Hawley said, per the AP.

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The suspect's arrest capped a frantic search following the slayings of five people the day before. Cetin has not been charged, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said. He will be booked into the Skagit County Jail and is expected to appear in court on Monday. Skagit County court records show three domestic-violence assault charges against Cetin, reports the Seattle Times. The victim was identified as Cetin's stepfather. Cetin also was arrested for drunken driving. Cetin was told by an Island County District Court judge on Dec. 29 that he was not to possess a firearm. However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was "going through a hard time." Says Cammock, per the Times: "I don’t know what his motivations were. But I certainly intend to find out."

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“AFFIRMATIVE, IN MY PARENTS BASEMENT” – TROLL DELIVERS EPIC MILITARY BANTER DURING BATTLEFIELD 3 ONLINE

“AFFIRMATIVE, IN MY PARENTS BASEMENT” – TROLL DELIVERS EPIC MILITARY BANTER DURING BATTLEFIELD 3 ONLINE

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I have confirmation Yankee Oscar Lima Oscar. I had to watch that twice. The first time I was like “wait a minute, did he say what I thought he said.” It really shows there are 2 types of players in this world. Some that have a good laugh and play along, whilst the other guys resort to swearing and insulting. Gaming would be a better place if everyone just had fun online.


HOLY SHIT, This Just Released Video From 2014 Shows A Hero Disarm An Active Shooter With A Can Of Pepper Spray

HOLY SHIT, This Just Released Video From 2014 Shows A Hero Disarm An Active Shooter With A Can Of Pepper Spray

At Seattle Pacific University in 2014, a gunman killed one person and wounded two others in a rampage that could have been much, much worse.

The reason the death toll was so low? A hero who pepper sprayed the shooter while he was reloading.
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Aaron Ybarra

The just released video, from the King County Prosecuting Attorney, shows a man, identified as Aaron Ybarra, entering Otto Miller Hall. He fires at one girl, then, while he is reloading, student-safety monitor Jon Meis comes around the corner, pepper sprays him, tackles his ass, and takes away his shotgun.

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Jon Meis

What a fucking boss.

According to the Seattle Times, Ybarra “was charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault.”

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His trial is slated to begin in September.

WARNING, this video includes a girl being shot. She was seriously wounded, but survived.

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