TARGET FOR JULY 2016: TAKING IT TO THE STREETS, PUBLIC PROTESTS, DEATH, AND MAYHEM
July 2016 was one of the most news packed months in recent memory. Every week was filled with events. But the dominant events were clearly of one nature. Protests and mayhem in the streets. The racial protests in the U.S. climaxed with the Dallas shootings. Nothing else came close. But those protests were indistinguishable from other street-based events in terms of physical manifestations. For example, the coup attempt in Turkey was predominantly people in the streets confronting military or police authorities. In this Time-Cross Project, the intent is to have the remote viewers perceive and predict the dominant news events a month in advance. Without question, the dominant news events for July 2016 are characterized in terms of street protests, some death, and mayhem. Click on the title above to see a video summarizing our remote-viewing results with the news events of July 2016.
Targeting for the Time-Cross Project:
July 2016 Events Covered in the News
as of 30 July 2016:
The targets for this project are the most newsworthy events of the month, as determined by the rules of the project and the table below that contains a pool of potential targets. (See also this Theory video.) These are news events that are major headline items occurring in the month. In most cells, there are two numerical entries separated by a slash (/). The first is the number of news cycle days in which the event was featured on the main page of the news outlets. This number estimates the longevity of the story, implying that stories that last longer on the main page of a news outlet relate to more important events. The second number (following the slash) is the cumulative number of links on the main headline page for the news outlets that connect stories related to each event. This second number estimates the breadth of the new coverage for each event, implying that events that spawn more stories and links on the main page is are more important events. When only one number is included in a cell, that number is the total number of links only.
||New York Times
|1 July 2016
||ISIS terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh
|3 July 2016
||Baghdad suicide car bomb attack
|4 July 2016
||Multiple suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia
|6 July 2016
||Louisiana police shooting (including related national protests on subsequent days)*
|7 July 2016
||Minnesota police shooting (including related national protests on subsequent days)*
|8 July 2016
||Shooting of police in Dallas, Texas (and national protests, including combined protests of Louisiana and Minnesota shootings on subsequent days)*
|12 July 2016
||Train collision in southern Italy
|13 July 2016
||David Cameron leaves office as Prime Minister of U.K.
|14 July 2016
||Truck terror attack in Nice, France
|15 July 2016
||Coup attempt in Turkey
|17 July 2016
||Shooting of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|22 July 2016
||Shooting terror attack in Munich, Germany
|23 July 2016
||ISIS terror attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan
|24 July 2016
||ISIS terror attack in Baghdad, Iraq
|24 July 2016
||Suicide attack in Ansbach, Germany
|25 July 2016
||Unscheduled chaos at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* Some of the links in the Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas events appear with all three events, thereby triple counting the links, due to media content in the links that specifically mentioned all three events in the same links.
NOTE: The numbers in the above table are subject to ongoing audits throughout the month. At the end of the month, a final audit is performed based on screen shots of the web pages for all four news outlets. Errors in the table are corrected both during the month and as a result of the final audit.
To be listed in the above table, the events must have the following characteristics.
- The event should involve significant physical activity by objects and subjects.
- The event should involve something unexpected or unscheduled.
- The event must be a leading headline news story that is featured on prominent web sites for four major news outlets: CNN (U.S. and International), The New York Times, and the BBC. That means that the story appears somewhere on the main news page of the news outlet, usually in the top section of the web page where headline stories are posted. (Stories for most major events change daily. Some links to more dated events remain unchanged in content and format on the web site for longer periods, and such links are often located further down the web page. These are called "residual links" and are not considered headline news stories unless the linked articles/stories are updated.)
- The event should involve more than one daily news cycle for the month, preferably with numerous and related stories.
- The target must be of significant public interest.
- The target must be of international interest, as evidenced by being covered as a headline event on both the U.S. and International editions of CNN.
- If there is more than one major news event that satisfies the above criteria for a given month, then the event (or category of events) that involves that largest number of daily news cycles with the largest number of cumulative links will be the target. The total number of cummulative links will be the dominating and deciding factor when there are multiple events that cover a number of daily news cycles.
- If a significant event occurs near the end of the month, then the counting of news cycles and cumulative links can extend into the next month until the event fades from the headline pages so as to fully evaluate the importance of the event. Rarely does a news story remain on the main page of a news outlet for more than a week.
- If two or more events of a similar nature and/or cause occur on different dates of the month, then the target would be the combination of the two events. For example (obviously fictional in this case), if the Moon disappears into another dimension on two different dates during the same month, then the target would be the general or combined disappearance of the Moon during that month. Examples of types of events that would be combined within the same month are (a) scattered fires that are part of a larger area that is aflame, such as scattered statewide California wildfires, (b) terror events caused or inspired by the same group in a larger campaign, (c) wartime events from a larger military engagement, such as various elements of the Normandy Invasion of World War II, (d) multiple large political gatherings (including demonstrations) with similar characteristics, (e) weather related events that are the result of the same general weather condition.
- The news analysis that determines the target event uses a weighted pool of potential targets. The viewers are expected to perceive one or more of the targets that are highly weighted in the target pool for each month. Whether or not there is a single target or multiple targets for a given month is related to the weighting that occurs within the target pool. This can be complicated, and the audience is encouraged to watch the "Theory" and "Overview" videos relating to this project.
Here are some useful web sites:
The New York Times