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  • Democratic Party Lags In Money Before Presidential Year

    08/28/2015 11:07:37 AM PDT · 11 of 14
    wtd to Biggirl

    So then, what happened to all the cash raised during the last six+ years of non-stop fundraising events the current-occupant-of-the-oval-office attended?

  • One State Now Allowing Muslims To Wear Burqas In Driver’s License Photos (Illinois)

    08/22/2015 8:10:46 PM PDT · 81 of 108
    wtd to Ann de IL
    "Sorry, you are wrong. The rest areas are called rest areas. An oasis is a rest area that is on a bridge above and across the interstate. The only oasis I know of is near O’Hare airport where there really wasn’t enough land to build a conventional rest area." - Ann de IL

    Actually, I am correct that there is more than one. See here:

  • One State Now Allowing Muslims To Wear Burqas In Driver’s License Photos (Illinois)

    08/22/2015 6:20:51 PM PDT · 36 of 108
    wtd to Beave Meister

    Doesn’t surprise that Illinois is first state to allow veiled ID. When driving through the state last year for the firs time, one notices that each rest stop is identified as an “oasis”.

  • Explosion rocks China chemical plant 10 days after Tianjin catastrophe

  • Explosion rocks China chemical plant 10 days after Tianjin catastrophe

    08/22/2015 1:14:12 PM PDT · 4 of 17
    wtd to wtd
  • Explosion rocks China chemical plant 10 days after Tianjin catastrophe

    08/22/2015 1:11:32 PM PDT · 1 of 17
    wtd
  • Owner of Tianjin Port warehouses linked to company probing blasts

    08/22/2015 7:23:34 AM PDT · 1 of 3
    wtd
    • China vows rigorous probe into Tianjin blast"BEIJING: China has promised a rigorous and thorough probe into the deadly warehouse blasts in country's northern Tianjin city in which 116 people were killed as it formed teams to fix accountability over the incident. Economic Times · 1 hour ago

    • China Follows Crackdown on Tianjin Reports: 15,000 Cybercrime Arrests China’s government announced earlier this week that it had arrested 15,000 people for an assortment of cybercrimes, the result of a project announced in July titled “Cleaning the Internet.” The announcement of …Breitbart News · 10 hours ago

    • After Tianjin Blast, Greenpeace Warns Of Chemical Hazards In Other Chinese Port Cities SHANGHAI -- As Chinese authorities continue efforts to clean up the site of last week’s massive chemical explosion in Tianjin, the environmental group Greenpeace East Asia has warned of similar risks in other … International Business Times · 18 minutes ago

    • Tianjin Explosion Death Toll Rises to at Least 121 BEIJING—Authorities raised the death toll to 121 in the chemical warehouse explosion in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin, while another 54 people remain unaccounted for. The city government said Saturday that …Wall Street Journal · 49 minutes ago

    • China's traffic police on alert after chemical blasts - Xinhua Two huge blasts in the warehouse storing dangerous chemicals in Tianjin, the world's 10th-busiest port, forced the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. The Public Security …Reuters · ByNick Macfie · 3 hours ago

    • China says mass fish deaths unrelated to Tianjin blasts Thousands of dead fish have been found stockpiled on the riverbank of the city of Tianjin, several kilometres from the site of last week's giant chemical blasts that killed more than 100 people and injured hundreds of …Al JAZEERA · 10 hours ago

    • 4 fires start up in Chinese disaster area TIANJIN, China -- Four new fires burned Friday within a disaster zone in China's Tianjin port where massive warehouse explosions more than a week ago killed at least 116 people and contaminated the area with toxic …NWA Online · 4 hours ago

    • 70 companies closed for safety after deadly Tianjin blast The government has inspected 275 companies dealing with dangerous chemicals in Tianjin Binhai New Area and closed 70 that have safety problems following last week's deadly blast, said a senior official on Friday. AsiaOne · 10 hours ago

    • Barely a week after Tianjin blasts, Anhui warehouse goes up in flames A massive warehouse fire broke out Thursday in Hefei city, Anhui, just a little over a week after a warehouse in Tianjin filled with dangerous chemicals exploded in one of the worst industrial disasters in China in recent …Shanghaiist · 5 hours ago
  • NY Newspaper, Circa 1863: "On the Influence of the Semitic Races in the History of Civilization"

    08/21/2015 1:39:20 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    wtd to BenLurkin
    "This smears Jews — as though they were no better than Muslims. It is literally anti-Semitic — in the most heinous possible manifestation."-BenLurkin

    The article did raise the hairs on the back of my neck as well. If you choose to follow the link to read the wordy article in its entirety, you'll recognize the above quotes were selected to specifically highlight his views of Muslims and Arabs. The author does separate them at points in his piece, ultimately advocating for the superiority of Christianity (his opinion). The above quotes relay the position of Jews as scribes put to use by the conquering Arab/Muhammedan forces to translate into Arabic material which was plundered from conquered civilizations - material determined worth saving, making claim to it, and obviously not destroyed as jahiliyya.

    Muhammedans were generally illiterate. Jews tended to be literate, hence they were not eliminated when useful. Translations obviously were approved by their Muhammedan overlords, which is why the 'knowledge'that was passed on lacked any authenticity.

    Jews also were used as 'bankers' because usury (practice of lending money with interest) was against religious laws for Christians as well as Muhammedans...despite money trade being a matter of survival - the practice blackened their identity, helping birth/perpetuate antisemitism.

    My point in posting this article from 1863 is to illustrate whether Islam was discussed back then, and to what extent. Political correctness did not exist back then, and I'm curious how the topic was addressed and why.

    I am currently exploring several other nineteenth century articles for consideration, because I find that the topic of Islam came up quite a bit more frequently than expected.

  • NY Newspaper, Circa 1863: "On the Influence of the Semitic Races in the History of Civilization"

    08/21/2015 10:31:47 AM PDT · 1 of 9
    wtd
  • 1913 hometown photo [vanity]

    08/20/2015 6:05:37 PM PDT · 62 of 83
    wtd to ladyjane
    "... The opera, Abduction from the Seraglio was first performed in 1782....." - ladyjane

    Indeed...yett I do find reading this subject matter in 150+ year old print - fascinating, especially given the impact of petroleum -

    • Here's but one example :

      On the Influence of the Semitic Races in the History of Civilization

      By Ernest Renan

      Posted in The Herald of Progress No. 198,

      Pages 5 & 6

      Dated: December 05, 1863

      Select quotes:

      "The Indo-European and Semitic races are today entirely distinct. I do not speak of the Jews, to whom their singular and historical destiny has given an exceptional place in humanity; and yet, if we except France, which has created in the world a principle of civilization wholly ideal, rejecting all ideas of difference of races, the Jews almost everywhere form still a society apart. The Arab, at least, and in a more general sense the Mussulman, are today further removed from us than they have ever been. The Mussulman (the Semitic spirit is especially represented in our day by Islam, and the European are, in the presence of one another, two beings of a different spe­cies, having nothing in common in their man­ner of thinking and of feeling. But the march of humanity is owing to the struggle of these contrary tendencies, by a sort of polarization, in virtue of which each idea here below has its exclusive representative. It is in this collectiveness that all contradictions are harmonized, and that a supreme peace results from the clash of elements in appearance enemies. This assumed, if we seek to know what the Semitic race has given to this grand and living organic whole that we call civilization, we shall find that, first, in government, we owe them nothing. Political life is, perhaps, that which the Indo-European have the most in­digenous and correct. It is they alone who have understood liberty, who have comprehended at the same time the State with the independence of the individual.

      "But never among them do we find those centralized despotisms, crushing out all individuality, reducing man to the state of an abstract function without a name, as we see in Egypt, at Babylon, in China and among the Mussulmanic and Tartaric despotisms.

      ---

      The East, especially the Semitic Orientals, have never known a midway between the completest anarchy of the nomadic Arabs and a despotism at once the most sanguinary and uncompensated. The idea of public policy and public welfare fails to be conceived by these nations.

      ---

      The ancient Hebrews and the Arabs have been, or are, by moments, the freest of men, but on condition of having a chief the next day to decapitate them at his single pleasure. And whenever this arrives, there is no cry of a violated right.

      ---

      In science and philosophy we are essentially Greek. The search for causation, knowledge for its own sake, are what we have no trace of before Greece, are what we have learned of her alone. Babylon had a science, but no scientific principle par excellence - the absolute fixity of the laws of Nature. Egypt was acquainted with geometry, but did not create the elements of Euclid. The old Semitic intellect is, by its very nature, anti-philosophic and anti-scientific. In Job the search for causation is represented almost as an impiety. Ecclesiates, science is declared to be vanity. Aristotle, his contemporary nearly, and who might with more reason have said that he had exhausted the universe of knowledge, never for once speaks of his weariness. The wisdom of the Semitic never came from parables and proverbs.

      We often hear of an Arabian science and philosophy, and during a century or two in the middle ages the Arabs were really our teachers, but it was only till we had comprehended the Greek originals. This science and this philosophy were but a shabby translation of the science and the philosophy of Greece. At the revival of letters, and on the appearance of authentic Greece, these worthless translations became valueless, and not without reason did all the philologists of the period undertake against them a veritable crusade. Besides, on careful examination, this Arabian science had nothing Arabian about it.

      The groundwork is purely Greek, and among those who created it, there is not a pure Semitic; they were Spaniards and Persians, writing in Arabic. The philosophical part that the Jews play in the middle ages is also that of interpreters. Their philosophy is the Arabian, without modification. One page of Roger Bacon contains more veritable scientific insight than the whole of this second-hand science, respectable, surely, as a traditionary link, but utterly void of grand originality."

      ---

      "As to the future, gentlemen, I see in it more and more the triumph of the Indo-European genius. Since the seventeenth century a pregnant event, till then undecided, has been operating with marked energy; it is the definitive victory of Europe, the accomplishment of this old Semitic proverb:
      "God shall enlarge Japeth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; "And Canaan [Ham,] shall be his servant."

      Till this time Semitism was still master on the earth. The Eastern Mussulman defeated the West; he had better armies and a wiser policy; he supplied it with riches, knowledge, and civilization. Henceforth the order is reversed. The European genius is developing with incomparable grandeur; Islamism is slowly decomposing, and in our own day is rapidly crumbling to pieces. The essential condition now of the spread of European civilization is the destruction of the Semitic idea par excellence - the destruction of its theocratic principle, and the consequent destruction of Islamism; for Islamism can exist only as an official religion; whenever it shall be reduced to the state of a free and individual religion, it will perish. Islamism is not simply a religion of the State, as was Catholicism in France under Louis XIV, as it is now in Spain; it is a religion excluding the State; it is an organization such as the Pontifical States alone, in Europe, offered the type. Here is the unending war, which will never cease till the last son of Ismael shall have miserably perished or been banished by terror to the depths of the desert. Islam is the completest of negations; it is fanaticism, such as Spain in the time of Philip II and Italy in that of Pius V, have scarcely known; Islam is contempt for science, destruction to civil liberty; it is the terrible simplicity of the Semitic spirit - compressing the human intellect, closing it to every delicate idea, to evey refined sentiment, to every exercise of the reason, to put it in face of an eternal tautology: God is God. The future then, gentlemen, is for Europe, and for Europe alone."

  • 1913 hometown photo [vanity]

    08/20/2015 4:12:13 PM PDT · 45 of 83
    wtd to ladyjane

    Thank you for providing the link to the NYS historic newspapers. I was unaware that it existed. My initial search for the term “Islam” turned up some surprising articles. This provides an interesting study which to determine where/when the West began to romanticize that culture, and eliminate the violent history associated with it.

  • 'Massive' amounts of dead fish wash ashore in Tianjin

    08/20/2015 12:07:10 PM PDT · 1 of 21
    wtd
  • Here’s Audio And Video Of Carly Fiorina’s Forceful Praise Of Hillary Clinton

    08/19/2015 4:23:07 PM PDT · 7 of 12
    wtd to entropy12
    Thank you. Yet, another nail in Fiorina's 'conservative' coffin.

    Also worth mentioning:

    .....From ConservativeTreehouse:

    Carly Fiorina on Immigration: Pass the DREAM Act. For other undocumented immigrants, a direct path to citizenship is unfair. While running for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, Fiorina said she supports the DREAM Act, which would give legal status to people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

    Carly Fiorina on Climate change: It is real and manmade. But government has limited ability to address it. Speaking in New Hampshire in February, Fiorina said there is scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by humans.

    Carly Fiorina on Education: Supports Common Core – Set national standards but give local districts maximum control. No Child Left Behind was positive. In a position paper while running for the U.S. Senate in California, Fiorina

    *****

    In her interview with Katie Couric from May, Carly Fiorina went on and on about how if you don’t have a room full of “diversity” when making an important decision, you will not get the decision right. (ff 9:43 - 13:00)

    *****

    GOP Hopeful Slams Hillary For Clinton Foundation, But Left One Important Thing Out

    • She failed to mention during her speech that she appeared at a Clinton Foundation event in Denver last year and is on the advisory board of one organization and the chair of another that have an active commitments to the [Clinton] foundation.

      *****

      And last but not least...regarding the Fiorina's quote "Islamic Civilization was “Greatest in the World”:

    • here is direct quote of Fiorina's text comprising the last 500 words of a 3,600-word speech given on September 26, 2001:

      "I’ll end by telling a story.

      There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.

      It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.

      One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.

      And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.

      Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.

      When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.

      While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.

      Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization, its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians. Sufi poet-philosophers like Rumi challenged our notions of self and truth. Leaders like Suleiman contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.

      And perhaps we can learn a lesson from his example: It was leadership based on meritocracy, not inheritance. It was leadership that harnessed the full capabilities of a very diverse population — that included Christianity, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.

      This kind of enlightened leadership — leadership that nurtured culture, sustainability, diversity and courage — led to 800 years of invention and prosperity.

      In dark and serious times like this, we must affirm our commitment to building societies and institutions that aspire to this kind of greatness. More than ever, we must focus on the importance of leadership — bold acts of leadership and decidedly personal acts of leadership.

      With that, I’d like to open up the conversation and see what we, collectively, believe about the role of leadership."

      There is so much wrong in that quote. Fiorina majored in medieval history at Stanford at time (one assumes) during which Edward Said’s discredited, anti-Western ideology on colonialism and “Orientalism” flowed within MESA Nostra intellectual/university circles. With 14 years having passed since that speech, Fiorina should revisit the topic and clarify.

      When one hears the phrase "golden age of Islam", the idiom, "all that glitters is not gold" immediately pops up.

      Bill Warner illustrates in 70 seconds Islam's destruction of Classical Civilization over 12 hundred years here, ff 12:14 and reveals there were three, not one, but THREE Dark Ages brought on by Islam, one in Europe, one in Turkey (Byzantine) and North Africa. (ff 24:27).

      Then fast forward once more to 31:50 where Mr. Warner specifically addresses the so called 'golden age' of al Andalus (Spain) and asks, was it a "multicultural golden age" or a 'reign of terror'? His brilliant illustration answers that question leaving no doubt.

  • Carville:Hillary EMail Controversy "Just Stupid Media" Won't "Amount To A Hill Of Beans"

    08/19/2015 4:17:49 PM PDT · 49 of 78
    wtd to Biggirl
    "Won't amount to a hill of beans" - Carville

    Seems the narrative is established. Senator Bob Menendez discussed Hillary's e-mails today on Fox&Friends and concluded that Hillary will be exonerated (FF 5:00 mark)

  • Mexico denounces Trump immigration plan as racist

    08/19/2015 3:45:34 PM PDT · 27 of 78
    wtd to jimbo123

    The United States has every right - equal to Mexico’s right to declare it’s borders sovereign. Does Mexico reciprocate social benefits and anchor baby citizenship to any illegals on it’s ‘sovereign territory’? Didn’t think so.

  • First rainfall since Tianjin explosion leaves city covered in mysterious white foam

    08/18/2015 6:18:16 PM PDT · 26 of 39
    wtd to TigerLikesRooster
    google translation of a blog post - not very clear translation - provides additional photos of aftermath .
  • Meghan McCain: 'I am a Carly Fiorina groupie' (video)

    08/17/2015 7:34:08 PM PDT · 70 of 78
    wtd to Jim from C-Town
    That is enough for me. Carly is OUT! Too bad, I kind of liked her. - Jimfrom C-Town

    There is ample reason for questioning Fiorina's 'consrevative' bonafides:

    From ConservativeTreehouse:

    Carly Fiorina on Immigration: Pass the DREAM Act. For other undocumented immigrants, a direct path to citizenship is unfair. While running for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, Fiorina said she supports the DREAM Act, which would give legal status to people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

    Carly Fiorina on Climate change: It is real and manmade. But government has limited ability to address it. Speaking in New Hampshire in February, Fiorina said there is scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by humans.

    Carly Fiorina on Education: Supports Common Core – Set national standards but give local districts maximum control. No Child Left Behind was positive. In a position paper while running for the U.S. Senate in California, Fiorina

    *****

    Also worth mentioning:

    In her interview with Katie Couric from May, Carly Fiorina went on and on about how if you don’t have a room full of “diversity” when making an important decision, you will not get the decision right. (ff 9:43 - 13:00)

    *****

    GOP Hopeful Slams Hillary For Clinton Foundation, But Left One Important Thing Out

    • She failed to mention during her speech that she appeared at a Clinton Foundation event in Denver last year and is on the advisory board of one organization and the chair of another that have an active commitments to the [Clinton] foundation.

      *****

      And last but not least...regarding the Fiorina's quote "Islamic Civilization was “Greatest in the World”:

    • here is direct quote of Fiorina's text comprising the last 500 words of a 3,600-word speech given on September 26, 2001:

      "I’ll end by telling a story.

      There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.

      It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.

      One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.

      And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.

      Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.

      When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.

      While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.

      Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization, its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians. Sufi poet-philosophers like Rumi challenged our notions of self and truth. Leaders like Suleiman contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.

      And perhaps we can learn a lesson from his example: It was leadership based on meritocracy, not inheritance. It was leadership that harnessed the full capabilities of a very diverse population — that included Christianity, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.

      This kind of enlightened leadership — leadership that nurtured culture, sustainability, diversity and courage — led to 800 years of invention and prosperity.

      In dark and serious times like this, we must affirm our commitment to building societies and institutions that aspire to this kind of greatness. More than ever, we must focus on the importance of leadership — bold acts of leadership and decidedly personal acts of leadership.

      With that, I’d like to open up the conversation and see what we, collectively, believe about the role of leadership."

      There is so much wrong in that quote. Fiorina majored in medieval history at Stanford at time (one assumes) during which Edward Said’s discredited, anti-Western ideology on colonialism and “Orientalism” flowed within MESA Nostra intellectual/university circles. With 14 years having passed since that speech, Fiorina should revisit the topic and clarify.

      When one hears the phrase "golden age of Islam", the idiom, "all that glitters is not gold" immediately pops up.

      Bill Warner illustrates in 70 seconds Islam's destruction of Classical Civilization over 12 hundred years here, ff 12:14 and reveals there were three, not one, but THREE Dark Ages brought on by Islam, one in Europe, one in Turkey (Byzantine) and North Africa. (ff 24:27).

      Then fast forward once more to 31:50 where Mr. Warner specifically addresses the so called 'golden age' of al Andalus (Spain) and asks, was it a "multicultural golden age" or a 'reign of terror'? His brilliant illustration answers that question leaving no doubt.

  • Foreign companies around Tianjin blast suspend operations

    08/17/2015 9:31:44 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    wtd to wtd
  • Foreign companies around Tianjin blast suspend operations

    08/17/2015 9:22:36 AM PDT · 2 of 7
    wtd to wtd
  • Foreign companies around Tianjin blast suspend operations

    08/17/2015 9:18:47 AM PDT · 1 of 7
    wtd
  • Trump: Deny citizenship to babies of people illegally in US

    08/17/2015 7:50:30 AM PDT · 69 of 75
    wtd to jimbo123
    Question...

    When a child is born to a parent who holds American citizenship in a foreign country (think McCain, Cruz), the child is automatically an American citizen.

    Do the children of illegal immigrants born in the US (anchor babies) also have citizenship of the nation of the illegal birth mother's origin?

  • Chemical warfare teams race to clear deadly sodium cyanide (truncated)

    08/16/2015 6:42:09 PM PDT · 1 of 26
    wtd
  • Outreach to the Shinto Community-what if Roosevelt treated Pearl Harbor Like we did 9/11?

    08/16/2015 6:37:34 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    wtd to ImaGraftedBranch
    "That was edited."

    (Note: Yes, this is satire. Sort of.)-quoting Authors

  • Outreach to the Shinto Community-what if Roosevelt treated Pearl Harbor Like we did 9/11?

    08/16/2015 6:09:08 PM PDT · 1 of 3
    wtd
  • Tianjin explosions: sodium cyanide on site may have been 70 times allowed amount

    08/16/2015 7:24:23 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    wtd to TigerLikesRooster
    In case anyone missed this: Link to Photo Essay from inside Tianjin blast zone posted on FR

    He Xiaoxin: How Far Can I Go? And How Much Can I Do?

    Journalist He Xiaoxin (和小欣) of The Beijing Daily (北京日报) traveled to report from the scene of the massive explosion in a chemical warehouse at the Tianjin port, in which 112 people have been reported killed so far. Dramatic photos and videos of the explosion traveled quickly around the world via the Internet. But in this photo essay, He provides an up-close, personal look at the devastation. Propaganda officials have since banned media from reporting on the explosion or posting stories that did not originate from Xinhua

  • FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved

    08/15/2015 2:44:09 PM PDT · 6 of 14
    wtd to wtd; ClearCase_guy; hoosiermama; brivette; Black Agnes
    • PJMedia: From the Gang that Brought Us the Obamacare Website: ‘NextGen’ Air Traffic Control Computer System Blows Up

      Flight delays are being reported up and down the east coast, courtesy of a glitch in the new air traffic control computer system. The system went down Saturday morning and initially affected airports in Washington, D.C. and New York. But the outage quickly spread to Baltimore and other points, causing the cancellation of more than 200 flights and leaving passengers scrambling on a busy weekend. Washington Post describes the system affected:

      ERAM stands for En Route Automation Modernization and is the computer “system that processes flight and surveillance data, provides communications and generates display data to air traffic controllers.”

      ERAM is part of a larger infrastructure update called NextGen, with the rollout beginning about 18 months ago. It was designed to allow air-traffic controllers the ability to handle many more flights and to improve guidance of flights throughout the country.

      NBC News reports that the computer system, years behind schedule and massively over budget, was installed in the last 18 months. Aviation Today reported in 2012 on the problems being experienced by ERAM that set back installation of the system by 3 years. The emphasis is mine. Tell me these guys didn’t help design the healthcare.gov website:

      Noting Lockheed Martin’s “unique expertise” in the en route automation environment, FAA intended to award it the ERAM upgrade in 2002 as a sole source, 10-year contract. However, Raytheon protested, causing FAA to establish an inquiry that subsequently upheld the protest, with Raytheon becoming a Lockheed Martin team member when the $2.1 billion contract was finally awarded in 2003.

      The inquiry report revealed, however, that neither FAA nor Lockheed Martin appeared sure how the upgrade was to be accomplished, other than it would be an “incremental decomposition,”a term that evaded clear definition.Three officials gave three different views, while FAA’s integrated product team lead for en route said she did not understand how it could be accomplished or how often one would have to go into the system at any or all of the ARTCCs to perform the incremental modifications. “There’s nothing practical about this,” the FAA integrated product team lead testified. “This is the most complex thing that the agency will ever undertake.”

      Her ERAM product team lead also did not know how the “fairly complex technical task” of decomposing old software to get it to run on a new platform in a modern language might be performed. FAA did not conduct a risk assessment to examine the potential costs and benefits of incremental decomposition, nor did it know exactly what had to be incrementally decomposed, although it did acknowledge that “this will necessitate multiple transitions of deployed ERAM functionality.”

      Yet, as the integrated product team lead explained, one must know what the software is in order to decompose it. Unfortunately, the Host system had been built in stages, with new functions and capabilities progressively added.

      Consequently, it consisted of a set of separate hardware and software components physically interfaced together, but without a common design, infrastructure or software environment: a software “bowl of spaghetti” as both FAA’s integrated product team lead and the associate administrator for research and acquisitions described it to the inquiry.

      I will agree with the project lead on this point; it’s an enormously complex system that’s bound to have a lot of bugs to work out. But don’t you get the feeling reading the above that the FAA made this more complex than it should have been? That it proceeded without a full understanding of what it wanted to accomplish? That they were riding by the seat of their pants so that errors were magnified?

      The FAA’s chickens came home to roost today on the east coast.

  • FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved

    08/15/2015 2:20:06 PM PDT · 1 of 14
    wtd
  • [Northern] Irish pastor to be prosecuted for calling Islam a satanic belief

    08/15/2015 1:22:05 PM PDT · 31 of 37
    wtd to null and void
    "The truth is an absolute defence against a charge of slander." - null and void

    • Quebec bill 59 targets “people who write against the Islamic religion”

      *****

      Bill 59 is of the opinion that ‘truth is no defense’…ultimate protection of Islam is being crafted in which quoting from Islamic doctrine by non-believers will be prohibited. It would seem the way to combat this would be to organize counter-jihad movement as a ‘religion of liberty’ – on its own.

  • WSJ: China Evacuates Tianjin Blast Area Amid Fears of Toxic Chemicals in Air vs. NYT:

    08/15/2015 1:02:53 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    wtd
    Posting to note the contradiction in two reports:

    • WSJ:

      Authorities on Saturday ordered residents to leave the vicinity of the deadly warehouse blasts in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, amid concerns over airborne chemical pollutants and fresh fires at the scene.

      vs.

    • NYT: Tianjin Officials Struggle to Contain Fallout as Angry Relatives Demand Answers
      Orders for a large-scale evacuation of the neighborhoods closest to the blast were quickly rescinded, underscoring the government’s halting efforts to cope with one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years.
  • D.C., New York area airports put flights on hold [problems with air traffic control]

    08/15/2015 12:45:38 PM PDT · 16 of 19
    wtd to bgill
    "What’s with all the cyber attacks in St. Louis?"-bgill

    I have no clue 'why' certain locations are so heavily targeted.

    However...

    Back on July 8th, some lead stories:

    • *NYC subway system suffered an atrocious commute, some trains stranded in stations for long periods.
    • *Website "The Dissolve" folded today
    • *United Airline was forced to ground all of its flights after it's computer system mysteriously stopped working.
    • *The NYStock Exchange suspended trading today after its computerized trading system mystreiously stopped working
    • *Immediately after, the WSJ website mysteriously stopped working.
    • *More than 2,500 people in DC mysteriously lost power

      Thats just some of the headlines...the hacks however also concentrated on the St Louis, MO region at that time.

      Why?

      Some suggested the region has a huge clearing house for data storage and there is a Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis. ChiComs are probably trying to interfere with global markets to soften their slide, so no one could sell anything anywhere.Another commenter posted: "in the weeks after the OPM hack, the Chinese equity market has collapsed and lost 3.7 trillion dollars - 30% of its value. China blames America and claims it's retaliation for the OPM hack. They have also told Russia that, under the terms of their cybersecurity defense pact, a state of war now exists with the USA."

  • D.C., New York area airports put flights on hold [problems with air traffic control]

    08/15/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · 13 of 19
    wtd to Lonely Bull; agincourt1415; ProtectOurFreedom; tcrlaf; OwenKellogg
  • Flight control problem keeps flights grounded in NY and DC area

    08/15/2015 11:55:02 AM PDT · 14 of 24
    wtd to Whenifhow
  • Carly Fiorina as a boss: The disappointing truth

    08/15/2015 8:23:48 AM PDT · 9 of 35
    wtd to conservative98
    From ConservativeTreehouse:

    Carly Fiorina on Immigration: Pass the DREAM Act. For other undocumented immigrants, a direct path to citizenship is unfair. While running for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, Fiorina said she supports the DREAM Act, which would give legal status to people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

    Carly Fiorina on Climate change: It is real and manmade. But government has limited ability to address it. Speaking in New Hampshire in February, Fiorina said there is scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by humans.

    Carly Fiorina on Education: Supports Common Core – Set national standards but give local districts maximum control. No Child Left Behind was positive. In a position paper while running for the U.S. Senate in California, Fiorina

    *****

    Also worth mentioning:

    In her interview with Katie Couric from May, Carly Fiorina went on and on about how if you don’t have a room full of “diversity” when making an important decision, you will not get the decision right. (ff 9:43 - 13:00)

    *****

    GOP Hopeful Slams Hillary For Clinton Foundation, But Left One Important Thing Out

    • She failed to mention during her speech that she appeared at a Clinton Foundation event in Denver last year and is on the advisory board of one organization and the chair of another that have an active commitments to the [Clinton] foundation.

      *****

      And last but not least...regarding the Fiorina's quote "Islamic Civilization was “Greatest in the World”:

    • here is direct quote of Fiorina's text comprising the last 500 words of a 3,600-word speech given on September 26, 2001:

      "I’ll end by telling a story.

      There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.

      It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.

      One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.

      And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.

      Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.

      When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.

      While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.

      Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization, its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians. Sufi poet-philosophers like Rumi challenged our notions of self and truth. Leaders like Suleiman contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.

      And perhaps we can learn a lesson from his example: It was leadership based on meritocracy, not inheritance. It was leadership that harnessed the full capabilities of a very diverse population — that included Christianity, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.

      This kind of enlightened leadership — leadership that nurtured culture, sustainability, diversity and courage — led to 800 years of invention and prosperity.

      In dark and serious times like this, we must affirm our commitment to building societies and institutions that aspire to this kind of greatness. More than ever, we must focus on the importance of leadership — bold acts of leadership and decidedly personal acts of leadership.

      With that, I’d like to open up the conversation and see what we, collectively, believe about the role of leadership."

      There is so much wrong in that quote. Fiorina majored in medieval history at Stanford at time (one assumes) during which Edward Said’s discredited, anti-Western ideology on colonialism and “Orientalism” flowed within MESA Nostra intellectual/university circles. With 14 years having passed since that speech, Fiorina should revisit the topic and clarify.

      When one hears the phrase "golden age of Islam", the idiom, "all that glitters is not gold" immediately pops up.

      Bill Warner illustrates in 70 seconds Islam's destruction of Classical Civilization over 12 hundred years here, ff 12:14 and reveals there were three, not one, but THREE Dark Ages brought on by Islam, one in Europe, one in Turkey (Byzantine) and North Africa. (ff 24:27).

      Then fast forward once more to 31:50 where Mr. Warner specifically addresses the so called 'golden age' of al Andalus (Spain) and asks, was it a "multicultural golden age" or a 'reign of terror'? His brilliant illustration answers that question leaving no doubt.

  • China Sends In Chemical Warfare Troops, Orders Tianjin Evacuation After Toxic Sodium Cyanide Found

    08/15/2015 8:02:30 AM PDT · 2 of 14
    wtd to SeekAndFind
    Reuters link:
    There were about seven small explosions in the area on Saturday, according to a post on the micro-blog of CCTV. A fresh blaze ignited cars in a parking lot next to the blast site. The cause was not immediately clear. State media carried reports of other fires in the area.

    Also, mention is made of rescued firefighter. Here is footage specifically of that claim...

    • CCTV: Video Footage of First Tianjin Blast Firefighter Survivor

      Seems unlikely given the blasted remains surrounding the surviving fire fighter in that imagery. The shoe-less nearly naked survivor is lying betwixt smouldering scorched metal sheets with barely a scratch or visible burn on him. Perhaps he was knocked silly, stripped from his gear and wandered around until he collapsed.

      *****

      FWIW:

    • 3D animation and explanation about the explosion in Tianjin

      *****

    • Firehouse: Chinese Firefighters Paid High Price in Blasts that Water May Have Triggered
      ""...state media have reported. Several others are still missing. The blast occurred at a port warehouse owned by the 4-year-old Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics company. State-run media said that the facility held "dangerous materials," possibly including the chemical calcium carbide, which reacts violently to water.

      Yet when firefighters were called to the warehouse at 10:50 on Wednesday night, they attempted to douse a fire there with water cannons, according to several reports in Chinese media. Minutes later, two blasts lighted up the sky that together had the force of 53 Tomahawk cruise missiles exploding, state-run media reported.

      Beijing has dispatched 200 hazardous-chemical specialists -- many of them in full protective suits and gas masks -- to investigate the cause of the blast.

      One firefighter told the liberal newspaper Southern Weekend that his brigade was never warned against the use of water.

      Propaganda authorities required local media outlets to use "only copy from Xinhua [news service] and authoritative departments and media," according to a censorship directive leaked to the news website China Digital Times. Officials said at a news conference Friday that even the names of the chemicals in the warehouse "cannot be determined at the moment," contradicting previous reports.

      The Southern Weekend report has been taken offline."

    • ShanghaiDaily: FLASH: DEATH TOLL RISES TO 104 FROM TIANJIN BLASTS

      Sodium cyanide "possibly stored" at Tianjin blast site

      TIANJIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Investigators looking into Wednesday's explosion in Tianjin believe sodium cyanide may have been stored at the site.

      At a press conference Saturday morning, Gao Huaiyou, vice head of the Tianjin bureau of work safety, said that chemicals stored in the warehouse possibly include sodium cyanide, but further confirmation is needed. The containers were not open, and some were not even registered. Full story

      Tianjin blasted warehouse on fire again

      TIANJIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The warehouse in Tianjin, which was destroyed by an explosion on Wednesday night, was on fire again Saturday morning.

      Flames were seen at 11:40 a.m., and Xinhua reporters heard several blasts. Dense smoke could be seen at the site.Full story

      Death toll rises to 85, residents evacuated from Tianjin blasts

      TIANJIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Death toll rose to 85 as of Friday night, including 21 firemen, from the massive warehouse explosions hitting north China's Tianjin City Wednesday night, the rescue headquarters said Saturday.

      Meanwhile, 721 others were hospitalized, including 25 critically wounded and 33 in serious condition. Full story

  • Hillary Clinton Sneers at Republicans: ‘It’s Not About Benghazi… It’s Not About Emails’

    08/15/2015 7:42:30 AM PDT · 24 of 46
    wtd to teletech
    "Making these kinds of statements are either foolish or Hillary KNOWS she won’t be prosecuted."-teletech

    Perhaps she does hold the 'goods' on Obama and is holding it as leverage in exchange for her 'turn' at the oval office -- or perhaps to be used to obtain a 'presidential pardon' should she fail to fend off these pesky criticisms from the republicans she sneers at.

    However, she may not have factored in the characters pulling Obama's puppet strings as being equally restrained, hence all these accusations being released coincidental to the 2016 POTUS campaign cycle heating up.

  • Tianjin explosions: police order mass evacuations amid further blasts

    08/15/2015 7:07:31 AM PDT · 19 of 33
    wtd to TigerLikesRooster
    I caught a glimpse of a video report on the clean-up/aftermath in Tianjin early yesterday on Fox&Friends. The visual showed folks with brooms sweeping the thick layer of ash and debris - without any safety gear beyond a few wearing a scarf across the bridge of the nose/mouth. I have not been able to locate that video clip.

    More:

    • Reuters link:
      There were about seven small explosions in the area on Saturday, according to a post on the micro-blog of CCTV. A fresh blaze ignited cars in a parking lot next to the blast site. The cause was not immediately clear. State media carried reports of other fires in the area.

      Also, mention is made of rescued firefighter. Here is footage specifically of that claim...

    • CCTV: Video Footage of First Tianjin Blast Firefighter Survivor

      Seems unlikely given the blasted remains surrounding the surviving fire fighter in that imagery. The shoe-less nearly naked survivor is lying betwixt smouldering scorched metal sheets with barely a scratch or visible burn on him. Perhaps he was knocked silly, stripped from his gear and wandered around until he collapsed.

      *****

      FWIW:

    • 3D animation and explanation about the explosion in Tianjin

      *****

    • Firehouse: Chinese Firefighters Paid High Price in Blasts that Water May Have Triggered
      ""...state media have reported. Several others are still missing. The blast occurred at a port warehouse owned by the 4-year-old Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics company. State-run media said that the facility held "dangerous materials," possibly including the chemical calcium carbide, which reacts violently to water.

      Yet when firefighters were called to the warehouse at 10:50 on Wednesday night, they attempted to douse a fire there with water cannons, according to several reports in Chinese media. Minutes later, two blasts lighted up the sky that together had the force of 53 Tomahawk cruise missiles exploding, state-run media reported.

      Beijing has dispatched 200 hazardous-chemical specialists -- many of them in full protective suits and gas masks -- to investigate the cause of the blast.

      One firefighter told the liberal newspaper Southern Weekend that his brigade was never warned against the use of water.

      Propaganda authorities required local media outlets to use "only copy from Xinhua [news service] and authoritative departments and media," according to a censorship directive leaked to the news website China Digital Times. Officials said at a news conference Friday that even the names of the chemicals in the warehouse "cannot be determined at the moment," contradicting previous reports.

      The Southern Weekend report has been taken offline."

      "More exploding Hyundias? Hope mine doesn't." -McGruff

      "Hyundai is Korean." - shibumi

    • KoreaTimes: Tianjin blasts hit Hyundai Motor

      "Huge explosions at a warehouse in Tianjin, China, have destroyed cars worth about 160 billion won ($136 million) from Hyundai Motor, Korea's top car maker, according to sources, Friday.

      "About 4,000 Hyundai Motor-branded cars were at the site," an industry official said.

      "They were all luxury models such as Genesis sedans. Assuming that all stacked cars were burnt, total losses will go up to 160 billion won."

      **** ShanghaiDaily: FLASH: DEATH TOLL RISES TO 104 FROM TIANJIN BLASTS

      Sodium cyanide "possibly stored" at Tianjin blast site

      TIANJIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Investigators looking into Wednesday's explosion in Tianjin believe sodium cyanide may have been stored at the site.

      At a press conference Saturday morning, Gao Huaiyou, vice head of the Tianjin bureau of work safety, said that chemicals stored in the warehouse possibly include sodium cyanide, but further confirmation is needed. The containers were not open, and some were not even registered. Full story

      Tianjin blasted warehouse on fire again

      TIANJIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The warehouse in Tianjin, which was destroyed by an explosion on Wednesday night, was on fire again Saturday morning.

      Flames were seen at 11:40 a.m., and Xinhua reporters heard several blasts. Dense smoke could be seen at the site.Full story

      Death toll rises to 85, residents evacuated from Tianjin blasts

      TIANJIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Death toll rose to 85 as of Friday night, including 21 firemen, from the massive warehouse explosions hitting north China's Tianjin City Wednesday night, the rescue headquarters said Saturday.

      Meanwhile, 721 others were hospitalized, including 25 critically wounded and 33 in serious condition. Full story

  • Tianjin explosions: police order mass evacuations amid further blasts

    08/15/2015 6:58:51 AM PDT · 1 of 1
    wtd
    I caught a glimpse of a video report on the clean-up/aftermath in Tianjin early yesterday on Fox&Friends. The visual showed folks with brooms sweeping the thick layer of ash and debris - without any safety gear beyond a few wearing a scarf across the bridge of the nose/mouth. I have not been able to locate that video clip.

    More:

    • Reuters link:
      There were about seven small explosions in the area on Saturday, according to a post on the micro-blog of CCTV. A fresh blaze ignited cars in a parking lot next to the blast site. The cause was not immediately clear. State media carried reports of other fires in the area.

      Also, mention is made of rescued firefighter. Here is footage specifically of that claim...

    • CCTV: Video Footage of First Tianjin Blast Firefighter Survivor

      Seems unlikely given the blasted remains surrounding the surviving fire fighter in that imagery. The shoe-less nearly naked survivor is lying betwixt smouldering scorched metal sheets with barely a scratch or visible burn on him. Perhaps he was knocked silly, stripped from his gear and wandered around until he collapsed.

      *****

      FWIW:

    • 3D animation and explanation about the explosion in Tianjin

      *****

    • Firehouse: Chinese Firefighters Paid High Price in Blasts that Water May Have Triggered
      ""...state media have reported. Several others are still missing.

      The blast occurred at a port warehouse owned by the 4-year-old Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics company. State-run media said that the facility held "dangerous materials," possibly including the chemical calcium carbide, which reacts violently to water.

      Yet when firefighters were called to the warehouse at 10:50 on Wednesday night, they attempted to douse a fire there with water cannons, according to several reports in Chinese media. Minutes later, two blasts lighted up the sky that together had the force of 53 Tomahawk cruise missiles exploding, state-run media reported.

      Beijing has dispatched 200 hazardous-chemical specialists -- many of them in full protective suits and gas masks -- to investigate the cause of the blast.

      One firefighter told the liberal newspaper Southern Weekend that his brigade was never warned against the use of water.

      Propaganda authorities required local media outlets to use "only copy from Xinhua [news service] and authoritative departments and media," according to a censorship directive leaked to the news website China Digital Times. Officials said at a news conference Friday that even the names of the chemicals in the warehouse "cannot be determined at the moment," contradicting previous reports.

      The Southern Weekend report has been taken offline."

      "More exploding Hyundias? Hope mine doesn't." -McGruff

      "Hyundai is Korean." - shibumi

    • KoreaTimes: Tianjin blasts hit Hyundai Motor

      "Huge explosions at a warehouse in Tianjin, China, have destroyed cars worth about 160 billion won ($136 million) from Hyundai Motor, Korea's top car maker, according to sources, Friday.

      "About 4,000 Hyundai Motor-branded cars were at the site," an industry official said.

      "They were all luxury models such as Genesis sedans. Assuming that all stacked cars were burnt, total losses will go up to 160 billion won."

  • New Explosions, Fire in China Tianjin Send Smoke into Sky

    08/15/2015 6:40:08 AM PDT · 22 of 27
    wtd to Kartographer; McGruff; shibumi; Greetings_Puny_Humans; MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
    Kartographer - From your Reuters link:
    There were about seven small explosions in the area on Saturday, according to a post on the micro-blog of CCTV. A fresh blaze ignited cars in a parking lot next to the blast site. The cause was not immediately clear. State media carried reports of other fires in the area.

    Also, mention is made of rescued firefighter. Here is footage specifically of that claim...

    • CCTV: Video Footage of First Tianjin Blast Firefighter Survivor

      Seems unlikely given the blasted remains surrounding the surviving fire fighter in that imagery. The shoe-less nearly naked survivor is lying betwixt smouldering scorched metal sheets with barely a scratch or visible burn on him. Perhaps he was knocked silly, stripped from his gear and wandered around until he collapsed.

      *****

      FWIW:

    • 3D animation and explanation about the explosion in Tianjin

      *****

    • Firehouse: Chinese Firefighters Paid High Price in Blasts that Water May Have Triggered
      ""...state media have reported. Several others are still missing. The blast occurred at a port warehouse owned by the 4-year-old Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics company. State-run media said that the facility held "dangerous materials," possibly including the chemical calcium carbide, which reacts violently to water.

      Yet when firefighters were called to the warehouse at 10:50 on Wednesday night, they attempted to douse a fire there with water cannons, according to several reports in Chinese media. Minutes later, two blasts lighted up the sky that together had the force of 53 Tomahawk cruise missiles exploding, state-run media reported.

      Beijing has dispatched 200 hazardous-chemical specialists -- many of them in full protective suits and gas masks -- to investigate the cause of the blast.

      One firefighter told the liberal newspaper Southern Weekend that his brigade was never warned against the use of water.

      Propaganda authorities required local media outlets to use "only copy from Xinhua [news service] and authoritative departments and media," according to a censorship directive leaked to the news website China Digital Times. Officials said at a news conference Friday that even the names of the chemicals in the warehouse "cannot be determined at the moment," contradicting previous reports.

      The Southern Weekend report has been taken offline."

      "More exploding Hyundias? Hope mine doesn't." -McGruff

      "Hyundai is Korean." - shibumi

    • KoreaTimes: Tianjin blasts hit Hyundai Motor

      "Huge explosions at a warehouse in Tianjin, China, have destroyed cars worth about 160 billion won ($136 million) from Hyundai Motor, Korea's top car maker, according to sources, Friday.

      "About 4,000 Hyundai Motor-branded cars were at the site," an industry official said.

      "They were all luxury models such as Genesis sedans. Assuming that all stacked cars were burnt, total losses will go up to 160 billion won."

  • Death Toll in Chinese Fire Rises, Along With Anger at Apparent Safety Lapses

    08/14/2015 7:02:17 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    wtd to wtd
    • Firehouse: Chinese Firefighters Paid High Price in Blasts that Water May Have Triggered

      "...state media have reported. Several others are still missing.

      The blast occurred at a port warehouse owned by the 4-year-old Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics company. State-run media said that the facility held "dangerous materials," possibly including the chemical calcium carbide, which reacts violently to water.

      Yet when firefighters were called to the warehouse at 10:50 on Wednesday night, they attempted to douse a fire there with water cannons, according to several reports in Chinese media. Minutes later, two blasts lighted up the sky that together had the force of 53 Tomahawk cruise missiles exploding, state-run media reported.

      Beijing has dispatched 200 hazardous-chemical specialists -- many of them in full protective suits and gas masks -- to investigate the cause of the blast.

      One firefighter told the liberal newspaper Southern Weekend that his brigade was never warned against the use of water.

      Propaganda authorities required local media outlets to use "only copy from Xinhua [news service] and authoritative departments and media," according to a censorship directive leaked to the news website China Digital Times. Officials said at a news conference Friday that even the names of the chemicals in the warehouse "cannot be determined at the moment," contradicting previous reports.

      The Southern Weekend report has been taken offline."

  • Death Toll in Chinese Fire Rises, Along With Anger at Apparent Safety Lapses

  • Explosions, multi-alarm fire reported at Texas chemical plant; residents ordered to seek shelter

    08/14/2015 6:28:08 PM PDT · 1 of 21
    wtd
  • China defends initial response to chemical fires after port blasts

    08/14/2015 4:50:39 PM PDT · 12 of 15
    wtd to RedStateRocker; 1Old Pro; Hillarys Gate Cult; IYAS9YAS; Enlightened1; gleeaikin; caww; JimSEA; ...
    FWIW...came across this animated reconstruction of blast video...Script is Chinese but the illustrations may be of interest.

    • 3D animation and explanation about the explosion in Tianjin

      Published on Aug 14, 2015 At 22:50 on August 12, Tianjin Binhai. The first fire started at the PSA Ruihai logistics of hazardous chemicals. After the explosion fireball erupted while secondary explosions triggered surrounding enterprises. All the glass of the buildings have broken within two kilometers , and felt strongly within ten kilometers.

      Seven or eight fire trucks were destroyed on the ground, on the nearest place from the explosion area

      About 100 meters far from the explosion point traffic police detachment

      Less than 400 meters distance south of the scene of the explosion, four or five football field-sized parking lot about, thousands of parked cars new cars were burned.

      About 600 meters away from the west side of the explosion, the light rail line on the 9th East Road Station, part of the rail damage. Many nearby administrative office buildings, commercial buildings, office buildings and other Standard Chartered Bank is a glass staircase damaged. The same is the 9th line, from the explosion point approximately 1.7 kilometers southwest of the Convention Center station, about 4.4 km Citizen Plaza Station also damaged.

      Near the site of the incident on the west side of the highway for some seaside equally affected, pavement at the fracture, dent, and rubble and broken glass everywhere. Residential building damage is quite serious.

      About 600 meters south of the explosion site Vanke Harbour Building 1,2. Elevator, gas and water supply have been cut off.

      About 800 meters south of the site of the explosion has located the sail Garden District.

      In addition, the neighborhood that is damaged within two kilometers. Hopson Jun Bay, Tianbin apartment, Golden Mile Island, Investor apartments, Wantong Metro International, regal apartments. About three kilometers southwest of the site Customs House, all the doors and windows smash, severely deformed walls, ceilings falling. The shock wave shattered glass line the walls.

      About 3 km from the explosion site TEDA hospital, a dozen of glass was shattered ward building block airflow, collapse.

      About 3 km from the explosion site TEDA College of Nankai University, some glass doors and windows damaged in the school.

  • China defends initial response to chemical fires after port blasts

    08/14/2015 11:23:11 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    wtd to RedStateRocker
    Thinking on this a bit more, another issue occurred to me. This was an industrial park which was known and designed to secure/store hazardous and flammable materials. One would think that the fire/rescue units assigned to this location would be adequately trained and prepared to address those concerns. This report, in my opinion, validly questions the application of water to the initial flames, a response which may have exacerbated the immediate crisis.

    In my own home, I have different types of fire extinguishers for different areas. I learned the hard way, as a newlywed - not to put out a grease fire on the stove by splashing water on it. In that case, a slick of oil spread on top of the counter and the flames spread till it burned out. Fortunately, my spouse came to the rescue with the lid to the pan and the emergency was immediately resolved. Nothing was scorched besides my ego. But it was a lesson well learned.

    This particular incident occurred in one of the largest and most modern ports in the world. Again, questioning the emergency response is well within reason, and hopefully provides the impetus to avoid the possibility of this ever occurring under similar circumstances.

  • China defends initial response to chemical fires after port blasts

    08/14/2015 9:25:31 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    wtd to RedStateRocker
    I share your concern for all the injured and bereaved.

    However, questions are fair and necessary if similar circumstances are to be appropriately and immediately addressed so as to avoid any repeats in the future.

    I, for one, hope that we do not share similar vulnerabilities here in the US - but with the environmental catastrophe created by the EPA at the Gold King mine this week, it's unfortunate to suggest, but there's plenty of room for doubt.

  • China defends initial response to chemical fires after port blasts

    08/14/2015 9:05:58 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    wtd to Black Agnes
    "That was the ‘funniest’ headline I saw about the disaster."> - Black Agnes

    ME 'journalists' have a peculiar take on most news.

    • Toyota says more than 50 staff injured in China port explosions

      Automakers scramble to assess damage from huge blasts at shipping hub

      BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corp. said on Friday more than 50 of its employees were injured by Wednesday night's explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin that killed 56 people.

      "We have now heard that over 50 employees who live in the surrounding area, including in company accommodation, have been injured," Toyota said in a written statement.

      Toyota said it was not aware of any employee deaths.

      The explosions resulted in broken windows at two dealerships, one operated by FAW Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd., and one operated by GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd, Toyota said, adding that both dealerships were now temporarily closed.

      The company said it was still verifying details of the exact number of employees injured and the extent of their injuries.

      Global automakers including Volkswagen AG and Hyundai scrambled today to assess damage to cars and facilities after two massive explosions rocked China's largest auto import hub.

      The blasts that ripped through a warehouse storing volatile chemicals in the northeastern city late on Wednesday were so strong that they damaged buildings at least a mile away." ...

  • China defends initial response to chemical fires after port blasts

    08/14/2015 8:59:32 AM PDT · 4 of 15
    wtd to wtd
  • China defends initial response to chemical fires after port blasts

    08/14/2015 8:56:09 AM PDT · 1 of 15
    wtd
    This video clip was taken in the morning after after hours of suffering ...

  • New Footage of Tianjin Explosion and Aftermath Video & Photos (Video)

    08/14/2015 8:02:40 AM PDT · 14 of 20
    wtd to yefragetuwrabrumuy
    "What it would do to human bodies, especially those where the fire lasted, is that there might be very little remains left." - yefragetuwrabrumuy

    This clip was taken hours after the blasts, hours of suffering while seeking medical assistance...

  • Massive Explosion in China's Tinajin

    08/13/2015 3:41:36 PM PDT · 251 of 265
    wtd to Black Agnes
    Thank you...fwiw: Plus Tianjin Binhai Teda Lgstcs Gp : VOLUNTARY ANNOUNCEMENT IN RELATION TO THE GROUP AFFECTED BY EXPLOSIONS ACCIDENT

    08/13/2015 | 09:14am US/Eastern

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited take no responsibility for the contents of this announcement, make no representation as to its accuracy or completeness and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising from or in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents of this announcement.

    Tianjin Binhai Teda Logistics (Group) Corporation Limited* (a joint stock limited company incorporated in the People's Republic of China with limited liability) (Stock Code: 8348) VOLUNTARY ANNOUNCEMENT IN RELATION TO ThE GROUp AFFECTED BY EXpLOSIONS ACCIDENT

    This is a voluntary announcement made by Tianjin Binhai Teda Logistics (Group) Corporation Limited* (the "Company") together with its subsidiaries (the "Group").

    The board (the "Board") of directors (the "Directors") of the Company hereby announces that at around 23:30 on 12 August 2015, explosions took place in Tianjin Port located at Tianjin Binhai New Area, and a subsidiary and two associates (the "Involved Companies") of the Group operating in Tianjin Port have been affected in a certain extent. According to the information available to the Company, as at 5:00 p.m. today, the Involved Companies have no injuries and deaths and the damaged assets had been insured, so the losses are controllable. Therefore, the Board expected that it will not have a material impact on the production and operation of the Group. The Company will continue to keep update of progress on the accident.

    By order of the Board

    Tianjin Binhai Teda Logistics (Group) Corporation Limited* Zhang Jian

    Chairman

    Tianjin, the PRC

    13 August 2015

    As at the date of this announcement, the Board of Directors comprises of Mr. Zhang Jian as executive Director; Mr. Xu Lifan, Mr. Cui Xuesong, Mr. Tse Ping and Mr. Yang Xiaoping as non-executive Directors; and Mr. Cheng Xinsheng, Mr. Japhet Sebastian Law, Mr. Mei Xingbao and Mr. Zhou Zisheng as independent non-executive Directors. This announcement, for which the Directors collectively and individually accept full responsibility, includes particulars given in compliance with the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Growth Enterprise Market of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited for the purpose of giving information with regard to the Company. The directors, having made all reasonable enquiries, confirm that to the best of their knowledge and belief the information contained in this announcement is accurate and complete in all material respects and not misleading or deceptive, and there are no other matters the omission of which would make any statement herein or this announcement misleading.

    This announcement will remain on the "Latest Company Announcements" page of the GEM website at www.hkgem.com for 7 days from the date of its posting. This announcement will also be posted on the Company's website at www.tbtl.cn.

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  • Tianjin Explosions: Natural Disasters In China Prompt Wave Of Media Censorship

    08/13/2015 2:32:21 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    wtd to BenLurkin
    • RT: The explosions were caused by a shipment of explosives in a key industrial zone in Binhai New Area

      Specialized chemical defense troops, which are able to get access to hazardous materials, were dispatched to the scene, media reports say.

      Sources told Reuters that the explosions have disrupted oil and chemical tanker arrivals and departures.

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    • Slide show of images illustrating aftermath. FF 1:36 for view of skeletal remains of residence hall for workers. Household goods scattered...human toll, given the hour of the blasts must be much higher than current reports reveal.

    • video clip of drive by ground zero Note, one truck on highway is badly damaged, all glass blown out, but engine is heard still running as being passed by videographer.

    • CNSNews: As is customary during disasters, Chinese authorities are trying to keep a tight control over information.

    • Star.com:

      State media said senior management of the company had been detained, and that President Xi Jinping demanded severe punishment for anyone found responsible for the explosions.

      In a sign of sensitivity over the hazardous materials stored at the warehouse, state broadcaster CCTV went into a live broadcast of a news conference in Tianjin when the head of the municipality’s Environmental Protection Bureau chief, Wen Wurui, was speaking. He said there had been no apparent impact on air monitoring stations, but that water samples were still being examined.

      However, when a reporter asked him whether the chemicals at the warehouse had been stored far enough away from residences in the area and Wen seemed at a loss for a response, the broadcaster suddenly cut away from the news conference, only to return to it again later."..."

      As is customary during disasters, Chinese authorities tried to keep a tight control over information. Police kept journalists and bystanders away with a cordon about 1 or 2 kilometres from the site. On China’s popular microblogging platform of Weibo, some users complained that their posts about the blasts were deleted, and the number of searchable posts on the disaster fluctuated, in a sign that authorities were manipulating or placing limits on the number of posts. The website of the logistics company became inaccessible Thursday."

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      A few of the recent 'incidents' in China:

    • Coal mine explosion kills 10 in sothwest China

      At least 10 people have been killed and 40 others missing in two separate accidents at coal mines in China, state media reported on Wednesday. Ten people were killed in a gas outburst at a coal mine in southwest … via The Indian Express

    • 300 injured in China gas explosion

      The state-run Beijing News said on its website that between 300 and 400 people had been admitted to hospitals in the city, east of Beijing. It says the explosion shattered windows and knocked off doors of buildings in the area. The official China Daily ...via KOMO News

    • Water park dust explosion death toll increases to 11

      TAIPEI, A woman died Wednesday of injuries she sustained in a fiery dust explosion at a water park in New Taipei on June 27, bringing the death toll from the incident to 11, according to a local hospital. The woman …via The China Post

    • Explosion Kills Dozens at Eastern China Plant

      BEIJING — At least 68 people were killed Saturday morning when a blast tore through a metal products factory in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province, state-run news media reported. According to the national broadcaster CCTV, 187 others were injured in the ...via NYTimes · ByAndrew Jacobs

    • 31 injured in explosion in China university

      At least 31 people, mostly students, were injured today when a gas explosion ripped through a six storey building in a Chinese university. The explosion took place in a dormitory at China's northwest Lanzhou University in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province ...via Deccan Herald

    • Explosion in eastern China kills two, suspected attacker also dead: Xinhua

      The report said the blast, late on Monday evening, killed a suspect named as 33-year-old unemployed villager Xie Xingtang. The Xinhua report did not mention a reason for the attack. Photos circulating on Chinese microblog Sina Weibo showed police cordons ...via Reuters · By Michael Perry andAdam Jourdan

    • Explosion at fireworks warehouse in China kills 15

      BEIJING (AP) — A warehouse containing fireworks exploded in northern China, killing 15 people, a local authority said Monday. The explosion Sunday morning happened in Ningjin county in Hebei province, which borders Beijing, and also left two other people ...via bigstory.ap.org

    • Plant explosion in China refuels public concern over PX

      An April 6 explosion at a paraxylene plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, is the second safety incident at the highly controversial PX facility in China. Six people were injured in the blast, which, according to local media, started around 7 p.m. local ...via Plastics News