Get the candles and cake out folks, ATSNN celebrates it's first anniversary today.
NASA Is NOT Faking Mars Colors
A great thread to start our fledgling site. An analysis by Kano backed up by several members gave a highly detailed explanation into misconceptions
about the Colours shown in Mars Rover photographs.
Exclusive Interview with USGS Scientist concering Yellowstone
After finding it's feet ATSNN turned to the stronger facets of investigative journalism with Valhall interviewing a USGS Scientist concerning the
behavior of the Yellowstone Caldera. An extremely fruitful interview provided users with the answers to some important questions.
March saw the first major terrorist attack of 2004. The Madrid train bombing
news thread that was covering the incident as updates came in. This was ATSNN's first test in a major breaking news situation. Members instinctively
turned to the thread for the latest news.
In April we got sketchy reports of a Large Explosion In North Korea
by a Trains derailment. An analysis of Satellite pictures by Banshee shows that the pictures were not all they said they were.
May was a very busy month for us. The beheading of Nick Berg spawned several large threads concering the nature of the incident. The
Original Report by Jonna
set off a powder keg of discussion and emotion. The video of
the beheading came out which led loyal ATS members to make an Analysis of the Nick Berg
. After the dust had settled on the matter, further analysis was done by Valhall which showed a highly suspect incident hidden in the
video.English voices were heard
in the background audio.
After the busy events of May we were prepared to cover what June brough. It became clear that beheadings were to become an unwelcome feature of our
lives. A second American named Paul Johnson was beheaded
whilst in Iraq leading many to
worry about the future safety of Westerners in the Middle East.
The summer was not all fun and games as we learned in July. A tape of Osama Bin Laden that contained a possible "hidden code" spread like wildfire
in a matter of hours. Speculation and Analysis ensued in this thread
August & September were two very bush months in the Southern US. A series of Hurricanes violently lashed against the states with Florida taking the
brunt of the aggression. Nerdling started minute by minute coverage of the first major storm named
as members from the region chimed in with reports and details to help give our
members a good picture of the situation. A Hurricane named Ivan added to the show with a dramatic double hit scenario, in the thread originally
A collaboration between Indy & Nerdling provided up to date coverage of the unexpected Hurricane
.Mackiller gave us information as it came in, only to have to come back as
Deeprivergal did an excellent analysis of the situation when
made her way up the Florida coast.
The busy weather season dominated the two months, but other stories managed to pull through to showcase the talents of members. A truly saddening
story came to us in the form of the Russian School Siege
in Beslan. Many children died
after the authorities mounted a rescue operation leaving us with harrowing scenes.
After some rumblings in Washington State we saw a smaller eruption of Mt St Helens
covered as it happened by Banshee. Whilst nothing on the scale of the eighties eruption we were reminded of the fierce power of Mother Nature.
As the year developed and we reached the Autumn and the Politics season really begun to take off.
The First Presidential Debate
from Florida was covered and members got their first
chance to see the candidates verbally spar for 90 minutes.
The Second Presidential Debate
started by Nerdling was discussed as it happened in a
new fashion. Each side had an Analyst commenting on the answers of their candidate as the candidate was answering. This gave those online the ability
to get a feel for the answers even if they were away from a TV.
The Third and Final Presidential Debate
brought us a chance to get our hands mucky in
the political mud pit for the last time before the big day on November 2nd.
November 2nd came and so did a wild flurry of ATSNN threads. The main thread of the evening
staffed by Nerdling, Trickmastertrick, SkepticOverlord & Banshee gave us realtime
results as each state closed. The confusion over some states led to heated and emotional discussions at times as America decided. As the smoke settled
it become clear that Bush had won.
As we reached December we believed we were to be in for a slow month. Sadly, in the early hours of Dec 26th we heard reports of an undersea earthquake
off the coast of Indonesia. The earthquake had spawned a tidal wave that has killed many across the region. The ongoing thread resides
We started off on a rocky road in January of last year, but with talent and heart we've made ATSNN into something to be proud of. A shining testament
to citizen journalism in an age where one does not know whom to trust.
So raise a glass to ATSNN and wish everyone a good new year.
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