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  • UK NHS Ebola Catastrophe, Out of Control Outbreak Within Weeks

    10/08/2014 10:15:08 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    TMO ^ | 10-8-2014 | N_Walayat
    October 08, 2014 N_Walayat The case of the Spanish nurse contracting Ebola from a Spanish patient flown into Spain from West Africa and going onto infect others as patient zero for the outbreak with more than 50 being monitored, illustrates the myth of competency that surrounds the western public sector health services in that at least for 1/3rd of the time the public health services only tend to go through the motions of providing a health service which whilst most of the time the consequences for lack of consistency in competency is only to the detriment of the patient, however...
  • Ebola Play-Out Scenarios in the United States

    10/02/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 77 replies
    Self ^ | 10/2/14 | Self
    I'm surprised that I haven't seen any wargaming thoughts on how Ebola Virus is going to play-out in the US in the coming weeks, months and years. Watching how Duncan was managed in Texas does not give me any confidence that the feds or state health authorities have a clue what to do and are totally disorganized and unprepared. This is surprising given the fact we've had almost 40 years of knowledge of and experience with hemorrhagic viruses from Central Africa including Marburg, Lassa, and Ebola. You'd think that every health agency in the country would have figured out how...
  • BILLIONAIRE: Of All The Things That Are Likely, Nothing Is Scarier Than An Electromagnetic Pulse

    09/14/2014 7:15:44 AM PDT · by blam · 113 replies
    BI ^ | 9-14-2014 | Myles Udland
    BILLIONAIRE HEDGE FUND MANAGER: Of All The Things That Are Likely, Nothing Is Scarier Than An Electromagnetic Pulse Myles Udland July 30, 2014 Plasmasphere - Wikimedia Commons Hedge fund managers often like to opine on various topics that are largely unrelated to investing. In his latest lengthy quarterly letter to clients, Paul Singer of Elliott Management spent some time discussing a phenomenon that caught our attention and the attention of many others. It's the danger posed by an electromagnetic pulse. Singer writes that an electromagnetic pulse is the "risk that stands way above the rest in terms of the scope...
  • This Is What Would Happen If The Yellowstone Supervolcano Erupted

    09/09/2014 3:29:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 9, 2014 | Ajai Raj
    Recently, rumors have been swelling of a danger at Yellowstone National Park. That danger? A brewing supervolcano eruption. The fear of a Yellowstone supereruption, which ultimately went viral, may have begun back in February when a seismometer called B944 began sending senseless data to a public viewer at the University of Utah's seismographic station, as George Black reports in The New Yorker. Luckily for most of the U.S., the likelihood this eruption would happen is pretty low: about one in 100,000 any given year. If it did happen, it would be pretty devastating, though.
  • Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI)

    06/11/2014 8:28:03 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 9 replies
    Geology News ^ | June 8, 2014 | Hobart King
    Measuring the size or strength of natural events has always been a challenge for natural scientists. They developed the Richter Magnitude scale to estimate the amount of energy released by an earthquake, the Saffir-Simpson scale to estimate a hurricane's potential, and the Fujita scale for rating the intensity of hurricanes. These scales are valuable for comparing different events and for understanding the amount of damage that events of different size can cause. Measuring the strength of a volcanic eruption is more challenging than collecting wind speed data or measuring ground motion with an instrument. Volcanic eruptions produce different types of...
  • What Would An Eruption Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Look Like?

    04/02/2014 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 104 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 1, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    On Sunday, the worst earthquake in about 30 years rattled the Yellowstone supervolcano. Overall, there have been at least 25 significant earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park since Thursday, but it is the 4.8 earthquake that has many observers extremely worried. Could such a large earthquake be a sign that the Yellowstone supervolcano is starting to roar to life after all this time? And if it does erupt, what would that mean for the rest of the country? As you will see below, a full-blown eruption at Yellowstone would be absolutely catastrophic. It is estimated that such an eruption could dump...
  • 12 Signs That Something Big Is Happening To The Earth’s Crust Under North And South America

    03/30/2014 6:07:39 PM PDT · by blam · 80 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 3-30-2014 | Michael Snyder
    12 Signs That Something Big Is Happening To The Earth’s Crust Under North And South America By Michael Snyder on March 30th, 2014 Why are fault lines and volcanoes all over North and South America suddenly waking up? Are we moving into a time when major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions will become much more common? For the past several decades, we have been extremely fortunate to have experienced a period of extremely low seismic activity along the west coast of the United States. You see, the west coast lies right along the infamous Ring of Fire. Approximately 75 percent of...
  • Downfall of Ancient Greece Caused by 300-Year Drought

    10/25/2013 4:43:00 AM PDT · by Renfield · 22 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | 10-22-2013 | Tia Ghose
    A 300-year drought may have caused the demise of several Mediterranean cultures, including ancient Greece, new research suggests. A sharp drop in rainfall may have led to the collapse of several eastern Mediterranean civilizations, including ancient Greece, around 3,200 years ago. The resulting famine and conflict may help explain why the entire Hittite culture, chariot-riding people who ruled most of the region of Anatolia, vanished from the planet, according to a study published in August in the journal PLOS ONE. Lost golden period Even during the heyday of Classical Greek civilization, there were hints of an earlier culture that was...
  • US bailout 5 years ago 'avoided catastrophe'

    09/11/2013 4:25:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 11, 2013
    The US Treasury said Wednesday the government's massive response to the economic crisis five years ago paid off, avoiding a catastrophic breakdown of the financial system. In a report marking the anniversary of the bankruptcy of investment bank Lehman Brothers -- which snowballed into the worst crisis since the 1930s -- the Treasury defended deploying hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to save other banks, major financial institutions and auto companies. The downside is a government deficit that rocketed to $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2009 and continued to top $1 trillion until this year. That sent government debt to the...
  • Analysis: Obama won't say it, but vote on Syria has high stakes for his presidency

    09/07/2013 8:25:37 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept 7, 2013 | By Roberta Rampton and Caren Bohan
    (Reuters) - It seems that everyone in Washington is talking about it except President Barack Obama: When Congress votes on the administration's request to use military force in Syria, the future of his presidency could well be on the line. A defeat, a distinct possibility, would hobble Obama in affairs both foreign and domestic, particularly if fellow Democrats collaborate in it. It will hurt him at a critical juncture, as he confronts not only Syria, but the nuclear activities of Iran and North Korea, another round of battles with Republicans over fiscal issues, an immigration bill, and a possibly difficult...
  • Global warming is causing apples to lose crunch: study

    08/15/2013 10:56:49 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 35 replies
    Food Magazine ^ | 16 August, 2013 | Aoife Boothroyd
    A recent study has found that global warming is causing apples to lose some of their crunch. The study which was published on Scientific Reports, analysed data gathered from 1970 to 2010 at two orchards in Japan and ...
  • When Being Jewish Is a Crime (Evangelical)

    07/20/2013 12:14:30 PM PDT · by Lera · 9 replies
    Jan's guests are a rep from the Zionist Organization of America, Joseph Sabag, and friend of Israel, Bob Naegele. Anti-Semitism is raging in the world and particularly on U.S. college campuses. It says in Psalms 102 that when the Lord builds up Zion, He shall appear in His glory. Thus, Christians need to be paying attention but most aren't. Nor are pulpits in the Western world. As last days' events play out, Israel is almost always in the center of them. The three have a lively discussion about many issues, including why Jews are usually supportive of liberal candidates who...
  • New Fossil Book Won't Showcase Obvious Catastrophe (article)

    06/20/2013 6:51:51 AM PDT · by fishtank · 365 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | June 17, 2013 | Brian Thomas
    New Fossil Book Won't Showcase Obvious Catastrophe by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Not just horses and fish, but—like a whole ancient zoo buried together—lizards, alligators, stingrays, snakes, squirrel varieties, bats, long-tailed turtles, lemur-like primates, birds, frogs, insects, and sycamore, palm, and fern leaves were all fossilized in Wyoming's Green River Formation. A new book showcasing some of the more spectacular fossils provides secularists another opportunity to reinforce their ideas about how these diverse creatures were encased in what became a giant rock formation. Commonsense observations refute their slow-and-gradual scenario, however, and point to a more violent explanation. Lance Grande collected...
  • Half of America: I'd kill to protect my own

    12/10/2012 10:46:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    WND ^ | December 09, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Survey reveals stunning attitudes about surviving in catastrophe Editor’s note: This is another in a series of “WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. Nearly half of Americans would expect serious, sustained life-threatening civil unrest within two weeks of a major catastrophe, such as an EMP attack that would destroy electronics, according to a new poll. Another huge percentage say they would expect further deterioration after two weeks, but for many, that development would be irrelevant, because they expect they would be dead by then. The sobering the new poll by...
  • Government Issues Statement Debunking End of the World: “Just Rumors”

    12/05/2012 8:27:47 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-5-2012 | Mac Slavo
    Government Issues Statement Debunking End of the World: “Just Rumors” Mac Slavo December 4th, 2012 With the purported 2012 Mayan Apocalypse calculated to take place on December 21st rapidly approaching, thousands of letters have poured into government agencies like NASA from citizens concerned about the end of the world. Doomsday fears surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar, a possible collision with a mystery “Planet X” theorized by some researchers, and pole shift popularized in the Hollywood movie 2012, have forced the government to issue a rebuttal debunking the claims at their USA.gov web site: Scary Rumors about the World...
  • 'Israel’s creation worst catastrophe to hit world'

    05/31/2012 8:50:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/31/12 | Oren Kessler
    The head of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has called on Arab forces to confront Israel and for the international community to pressure the “Zionist government to withdraw from the land of Palestine.” The statement – the existence of which was revealed Wednesday by the Investigative Project on Terrorism blog – reminds Brotherhood followers of the movement’s decades-long “sacrifices” in efforts to destroy the Jewish state. “On this day, like every year, the Arab and Islamic nations remember the worst catastrophe ever to befall the peoples of the world,” Badie wrote in the text, translated by The Jerusalem Post. “We demand the
  • CLEAR POWER PLANTS: The Very Real Possibility Of A Global Nuclear Catastrophe

    03/26/2012 1:50:06 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 4+ views
    TMO ^ | 3-26-2012 | Wasingtons Blog
    CLEAR POWER PLANTS: The Very Real Possibility Of A Global Nuclear Catastrophe Politics / Nuclear Power Mar 26, 2012 - 01:59 AM By: Washingtons Blog The Government Spends Trillions On Unlikely Threats … But Won’t Spend a Billion Dollars to Prevent the Very Real Possibility of Global Nuclear Catastrophe We’re Spending Money Combating the Wrong Dangers Studies show that people are worry about the wrong things. We are terrified of things that will probably never happen, and underestimate the real dangers which face us. As we noted last year, the extreme vulnerability of nuclear power plants to solar flares is...
  • Greek economy spirals down as EU forces final catharsis

    02/14/2012 3:23:54 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/14/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Athens
    A Greek default and traumatic ejection from the euro moved a step closer last night after eurozone finance ministers cancelled a crucial meeting, accusing Athens of failing to flesh out austerity cuts. The escalating brinkmanship came as fresh data showed that Greece's economy contracted by 6.8pc last year and at an accelerating 7pc rate in the last quarter, far worse than expected by the European Union (EU), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) "troika". The country appears to be in a self-feeding downward spiral that is playing havoc with budget targets, leaving Greece with a...
  • Gingrich: Romney’s Minimum Wage Proposal Potentially A Catastrophe

    Newt says that with the way the Fed is printing money, Romney’s proposal for an automatic minimum wage increase based on inflation could be potentially catastrophic. Newt remembers the Carter years and how inflation was rampant by 1980, setting the nation toward collapse. He says with the Fed printing so much money, inflation could potentially soar if the economy begins to recover which could send minimum wage soaring with it:
  • The Debt Deal's Three Biggest Winners and Losers

    08/02/2011 11:11:19 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 2, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With a debt ceiling agreement finally in place and the Senate on track to approve it today congratulations are being handed out all around.  Armageddon and catastrophe has supposedly been averted. And politicians are rushing to put the best face on the deal.  Unfortunately, the new agreement does not accomplish as much as many had hoped, or as much as it should have, in terms of curbing spending and continued deficits. This explains why stock markets continued to fall despite the supposedly "good" news. The reason is because, once again, politicians are continuing to push the problem to the future. ...
  • Obama's borders Caused 60 Years of War

    05/20/2011 4:19:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 43 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2011 | James Lewis
    Obama has just given an eager world his fantasy answer for the last sixty years of Arab-Israel conflict. The Great One's long-awaited solution is for Israel to pull back to the cease-fire lines of the 1948 War of Independence, or what Obama, in a moment of historical amnesia, calls "the 1967 borders." People have fought and died over those borders since 1949, not 1967. Make that sixty years of regular warfare. Take a quick glance at the Green Line on the map, and see if you can honestly answer this question: "Would I want my family and children to live...
  • US official: growing threat from solar storms

    05/17/2011 6:56:07 AM PDT · by jda · 63 replies · 1+ views
    GENEVA (AP) -- A senior official at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says solar storms pose a growing threat to criticial infrastructure such as satellite communications, navigation systems and electrical transmission equipment. NOAA Assistant Secretary Kathryn Sullivan says the intensity of solar storms is expected to peak in 2013 and countries should prepare for "potentially devastating effects." Solar storms release particles that can temporarily disable or permanently destroy fragile computer circuits. Sullivan, a former NASA astronaut who in 1984 became the first woman to walk in space, told a U.N. weather conference in Geneva on Tuesday that "it...
  • Troubling Global Volcanic Activity On The Rise

    11/07/2010 6:45:28 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | 11-3-2010 | Alan Caruba
    Troubling Global Volcanic Activity On The Rise By Alan CarubaNovember 3, 2010 3 Nov 10 - The news is all about the Tuesday’s U.S. elections, but some of us are concerned about the news on Monday regarding a possible eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland. Never heard of it? You will. Grimsvotn is the most active volcano in Iceland. The one that made a lot of news earlier in 2010 was Eyjafjallajokull that, while relatively small, generated such a huge cloud of ash that it disrupted air travel across western and northern Europe for six days in April. Here’s...
  • Impact 'catastrophe calculator' updated

    11/04/2010 8:08:00 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 3, 2010 | Jonathan Amos
    Want to know what would happen if a 10km-wide asteroid came out of the sky and slammed down on your city? Scientists at Purdue University and Imperial College London have updated their popular impact effects calculator first produced in 2004. Users dial in details about the hypothetical impactor, like its diameter and density. The web program then estimates the scale of the ensuing disaster, such as the size of the crater left behind. It will also tell you how far away you need to be to avoid being buried by all the material thrown out by the blast, or set...
  • Divided We Fail (Paul Krugman says a GOP victory in Congress would be a catastrophe for America)

    10/29/2010 8:24:21 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/29/2010 | Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate /s
    Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week. How worried should we be by that prospect? Not very, say some pundits. After all, the last time Republicans controlled Congress while a Democrat lived in the White House was the period from the beginning of 1995 to the end of 2000. And people remember that era as a good time, a time of rapid job creation and responsible budgets. Can we hope for a similar experience now? No, we can’t. This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably...
  • As Thou Hast Done to Israel

    07/15/2010 10:27:11 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Radio Patriot ^ | July 15, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    "As thou hast done to Israel, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." ~ Obadiah 1:15 The Great New England Hurricane of September 1938 and Nazism. The Oct. 30, 1991 Madrid Peace Process and Hurricane Andrew of 1992. Massive historic floods in Iowa as Secy of State Condi Rice insisted Jerusalem be separated. America pressures Israel for peace in the region by relinquishing land and, within 24 hours, America is hit with catastrophe. Coincidence? John McTernan doesn't think so. McTernan, a staunch defender of Israel in light of biblical prophecy, has spent a...
  • Fungi, Feces Show Comet Didn't Kill Ice Age Mammals?

    06/24/2010 8:43:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 18 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 22 June 2010 | John Roach
    Tiny balls of fungus and feces may disprove the theory that a huge space rock exploded over North America about 12,900 years ago, triggering a thousand-year cold snap, according to a new study. The ancient temperature drop, called the Younger Dryas, has been well documented in the geologic record, including soil and ice core samples.The cool-down also coincides with the extinction of mammoths and other Ice Age mammals in North America, and it's thought to have spurred our hunter-gatherer ancestors in the Middle East to adopt an agricultural lifestyle.But the theory that a comet or asteroid explosion is behind the...
  • We are with you: A guest column by President Obama

    06/11/2010 10:18:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies · 1,764+ views
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | June 11, 2010 | Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
    In the days since the BP oil spill began, the failure to stop the leak has caused incredible anger and frustration -- especially for the people of the Gulf Coast struggling to survive one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history. This leak is an unprecedented catastrophe and a technical challenge unlike any we've ever seen. We are pressing for every possible remedy to keep oil from flowing into the Gulf, and to capture as much as we can while relief wells are drilled that will permanently stop the leak. We are relying on a team of scientists...
  • The One-Hour Meltdown

    06/06/2010 11:52:21 PM PDT · by Windflier · 92 replies · 182+ views
    How to Survive Hard Times ^ | July 22, 2009 | Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
    Introduction The following is just my opinion. It is nothing more than my opinion. I have nothing to substantiate or prove any aspect of my opinion. My opinion is simply the logical conclusion of a law-abiding sixty-year old Christian grandfather who has both an engineering degree and an M.B.A. degree and who has seen both good times and hard times during his life. The Current Situation: At the present time every nation in the entire world is facing serious financial and social stress. If only a few nations were involved then it might be possible to contain the upcoming meltdown...
  • Gulf oil spill: BP 'top kill' mission to halt disaster reaches crucial stage

    05/27/2010 6:10:30 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 4 replies · 396+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Thursday 27 May 2010 10.28 BST | Adam Gabbatt and agencies
    Efforts to contain the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill will reach a crucial moment today, when engineers for BP hope to learn if a high-risk attempt to plug the leaking oil well with heavy mud has been successful. BP executives expressed cautious optimism over the attempted "top kill", which involves pumping thousands of gallons of mud and chemicals into the ruptured Macondo exploration well. However, BP's chief executive, Tony Hayward, said it would be 24 hours before engineers would know if the operation, which started at 1pm (1800 GMT) last night, would work. snip BP's latest attempt to control...
  • Gulf oil spill makes landfall, blackening Louisiana beaches

    05/24/2010 3:42:10 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 10 replies · 581+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Joseph Goodman
    GRAND ISLE, La. -- Waves of heavy crude oil pushed ashore at barrier islands in southern Louisiana on Saturday, ruining some of this state's only beaches and, more importantly, threatening the fragile ecosystem of Louisiana's wetlands. Workers in knee-high rubber boots and hard hats shoveled polluted black sand and gobs of oil into plastic bags on the beaches of Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge near Grand Isle, La., while the Louisiana National Guard raced to finish the construction of barriers made of sand and rock to protect miles of marshes. Meanwhile, residents lashed out at public officials and BP representatives at...
  • BP admits higher leak rate: 2010 Gulf oil spill now 20 times worse than Exxon Valdez

    05/22/2010 6:51:24 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 67 replies · 1,210+ views
    www.examiner.com ^ | May 21, 11:01 AM | Maryann Tobin
    BP admits higher leak rate: 2010 Gulf oil spill now 20 times worse then Exxon Valdez British Petroleum has now admitted that the amount of oil being spilled has actually been much higher than previously reported. According to an MSBNC report today, estimates of the total amount of oil spilled so far is 20 times more than the 10.8 million gallons spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster in March 1989. Right now, the spill is roughly the size of Pennsylvania. That represents one-fifth of the entire amount of water within US borders. snip This is - without question - the...
  • Marine scientists study ocean-floor film of Deepwater oil leak (much worse than projected)

    05/14/2010 3:46:57 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 13 replies · 657+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Thursday 13 May 2010 20.55 BS | Suzanne Goldenberg (US environment correspondent )
    Marine scientists were carefully viewing footage of oil and gas billowing out of a ruptured well on the ocean floor today, to try to deliver the first reliable estimates of the crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico – it could be as much as 70,000 barrels a day. snip Independent marine researchers have suggested the spill could be much larger. snip Its analysis was conducted by Steve Werely, an associate professor at Purdue University, using a technique called particle image velocimetry, a method was accurate to 20%. That puts the range of the oil spill from 56,000 to 84,000...
  • Oil spill probe: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer

    05/13/2010 2:23:41 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 27 replies · 1,331+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Wednesday, 05.12.10 | MARIA RECIO, DAVE MONTGOMERY AND MARK WASHBURN
    BP engineers tried to activate a huge piece of underwater safety equipment but failed because the device had been so altered that diagrams BP got from the equipment's owner didn't match the supposedly failsafe device's configuration The oil well also failed at least one critical pressure test on the day that gas surged up the drill pipe and set the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig aflame, killing 11 and setting off a spill that has spewed 210,000 gallons of crude into the gulf every day for three weeks, according to BP documents provided to congressional investigators. Who ordered the alterations in...
  • Delayed Cement Plugging Is a Focus

    05/13/2010 2:15:47 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 1 replies · 362+ views
    U.S. NEWS / WSJ ^ | MAY 12, 2010 | REBECCA SMITH And RUSSELL GOLD
    A focus of the Senate hearing into the Deepwater Horizon disaster was why the final step in the cementing process—putting a cement plug in the well more than a mile below the sea surface—wasn't performed. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that rig officials had taken the unusual step of postponing the installation of the plug while they removed heavy fluid that serves to keep oil and natural gas from surging up through the well pipe. Usually, the plug is set into place below the heavy fluid, or mud, which isn't removed until after the cement hardens. But experts at...
  • New scale of disaster looms in Gulf of Mexico

    05/09/2010 9:33:00 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 46 replies · 1,242+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Sun May 9, 4:16 pm ET | Guillaume Decamme Guillaume Decamme
    NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Concern grew Sunday that the US Gulf coast is facing a whole new level of environmental disaster after the best short-term fix for a massive oil spill ran into serious trouble. BP's giant containment box lay idle on the seabed as engineers furiously tried to figure out how to stop it clogging with ice crystals. The British energy giant, which owns the lion's share of the leaking oil and has accepted responsibility for the clean-up, has tried to banish the notion that the dome is a "silver bullet" to end the crisis. But should efforts...
  • Irish firefighters contain blaze at Guinness factory in Dublin

    12/21/2009 3:44:49 PM PST · by Daffynition · 45 replies · 887+ views
    Irish Central ^ | December 21, 2009 | KENNETH HAYNES
    A fire broke out at the Guinness factory in Dublin shortly after noon local time. Over nine fire brigades and three rigs with aerial ladder platforms were able to contain the blaze before it spread to the ammonia plant at the site. An official from Guinness was able to confirm that no one was hurt in the incident. “There were no injuries to any personnel and the fire has been extinguished,” the spokeswoman said. “An internal investigation is under way to find out exactly what the cause of the accident was.” The fire broke out near the Victoria Quay entry...
  • Toxic Gases Caused World's Worst Extinction

    02/04/2009 1:26:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 2,252+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 2/4/09 | Michael Reilly
    Feb. 4, 2009 -- An ancient killer is hiding in the remote forests of Siberia. Walled off from western eyes during the Soviet era and forgotten among the endless expanse of wilderness, scientists are starting to uncover the remnants of a supervolcano that rained Hell on Earth 250 million years ago and killed 90 percent of all life. Researchers have known about the volcano -- the Siberian Traps, for years. And they've speculated that the volcanic rocks, which cover an area about the size of Alaska, played a role in runaway global warming that led to the end -- Permian...
  • Dick Morris and the crusade against ObamaCare

    12/01/2009 3:21:57 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies · 976+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 01, 2009 | Claude Sandroff
    Until recently, this political epitaph might have been written for Dick Morris: An amoral, but brilliant consultant, strategist, and analyst -- the man who kept Bill Clinton in, and Hillary Clinton out, of the White House. By selling the strategy of triangulation to Bill Clinton, Morris successfully neutered the Gingrich revolution of 1994. But he also neutered the worst political impulses of Bill Clinton (Morris couldn't do anything about the sexual ones) and forced Clinton to work with the Republican congress to balance budgets and reform welfare. But Dick Morris is doing his best work now in his crusade against...
  • Starvation 'wiped out' giant deer

    11/16/2009 9:47:20 AM PST · by BGHater · 35 replies · 1,320+ views
    BBC ^ | 16 Nov 2009 | Matt Walker
    The giant deer, also known as the giant Irish deer or Irish elk, is one of the largest deer species that ever lived. Yet why this giant animal, which had massive antlers spanning 3.6m, suddenly went extinct some 10,600 years ago has remained a mystery. Now a study of its teeth is producing tantalising answers, suggesting the deer couldn't cope with climate change. As conditions became colder and drier in Ireland at the time, fewer plants grew, gradually starving the deer. The discovery is published in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. The giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus) has become famous over...
  • Is Japan heading for a fiscal catastrophe? (Are we heading towards the same direction?)

    11/02/2009 7:21:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 693+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11/2/2009 | Rick Moran
    I don't follow the monetary and fiscal problems of other countries very closely. We've got enough of a crisis here to worry about anywhere else. But during the stim bill debate, you may recall liberals pointing to Japan's "stimulus spending" in the decade of the 1990's as an example of how to get out of a deep recession. Maybe they should have read the fine print as Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the Telegraph explains: The IMF expects Japan's gross public debt to reach 218pc of gross domestic product (GDP) this year, 227pc next year, and 246pc by 2014. This has been...
  • Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger

    10/09/2009 7:36:14 AM PDT · by BGHater · 39 replies · 1,513+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 08 Sep 2009 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Beware of the blob—this time, it's for real. As sea temperatures have risen in recent decades, enormous sheets of a mucus-like material have begun forming more often, oozing into new regions, and lasting longer, a new Mediterranean Sea study says (sea "mucus" blob pictures). And the blobs may be more than just unpleasant. Up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) long, the mucilages appear naturally, usually near Mediterranean coasts in summer. The season's warm weather makes seawater more stable, which facilitates the bonding of the organic matter that makes up the blobs (Mediterranean map). Now, due to warmer temperatures, the mucilages...
  • John Hospers Review: Conscience of a Libertarian by Wayne Allyn Root

    09/01/2009 8:51:31 PM PDT · by Y2Krap · 6 replies · 552+ views
    JohnHospers.com ^ | Sept 1, 2009 | Dr. John Hospers
    THE CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERTARIAN by Wayne Allyn Root Review by Dr. John Hospers, © September 2009 My book, LIBERTARIANISM was first published in 1971. Its subtitle, ‘A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow’ has at long last come true today. I hope it’s not too late. The pragmatic reality is in Wayne Allyn Root’s brilliant new volume: THE CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERTARIAN - a title I might add, that was obviously carefully considered and borrowed in the “classic liberal” sense –that is, it was returned with dividends of thought and deserved tribute to The Conscience of a Conservative author, politician –...
  • New York Times Refuses to Review Conservative Books (Top sellers on its own list totally ignored)

    08/15/2009 7:27:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 2,193+ views
    Human Events ^ | 8/15/2009 | Christian Toto
    The New York Times is generally loathe to dignify conservative-leaning books with an official review. That stance is getting dicier these days, especially since the newspaper’s own nonfiction bestseller chart is chockablock with conservatives luminaries like Michelle Malkin, Dick Morris and Mark Levin. President Barack Obama has only been in office for roughly eight months, but he’s already inspired multiple conservative bestsellers. Malkin’s Culture of Corruption sits atop the list, followed by Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny in the two slot and Catastrophe by Morris and Eileen McGann at number four. Marji Ross, president and publisher of Regnery Publishing, isn’t surprised...
  • Dick Morris Believes Obama is "Right on the Cusp" of Dramatic Failure - Video 7/29/09

    07/29/2009 7:24:16 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 31 replies · 2,016+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 29, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Dick Morris tonight on The O'Reilly Factor and talking about President Obama's drive to get Government Health Care passed. O'Reilly asked Morris to compare the ObamaCare drive to the HillaryCare debacle in 1994, when President Bill Clinton failed to get Government Health Care passed. One big difference, Morris pointed out, is that Obama has this time bought off all the major players - AARP, Drug Companies, American Medical Association. O'Reilly pointed out that Obama has been stupefyingly dull in his presentation of his Health Care Plan. When asked if Obama is going to succeed, or will...
  • VIDEO: Gingrich At Heritage: Country Is On "Edge of Catastrophe"

    07/20/2009 5:23:09 PM PDT · by ianschwartz · 14 replies · 991+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 20, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    In a speech full of dire scenarios and gloomy predictions, the former House speaker argued that no price is too high for the federal government to pay when it comes to shoring up national security. "We are living at the edge of catastrophe," Gingrich said while laying out the flaws of the current governmental approach to security as well as his own framework for policy change.
  • Dick Morris’ Uncanny Predictions

    07/14/2009 12:29:39 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 39 replies · 2,604+ views
    News Max ^ | July 14, 2009 | Christopher Ruddy
    One of the reasons I like Dick Morris is that he has an uncanny ability to predict the future. Take, for example, his prescient new book "Catastrophe: How Obama, Congress, and the Special Interests Are Transforming a Slump Into a Crash, Freedom Into Socialism, and a Disaster Into a Catastrophe . . . and How to Fight Back." Dick’s wife, Eileen McGann, co-authored the book, which shot to the No. 1 spot on the Times' best-seller list in its very first week of release. The fascinating thing about “Catastrophe” is that, although it hit bookstores just a few weeks ago,...
  • CATASTROPHE - OBAMA'S BROKEN TAX PROMISES

    07/13/2009 5:15:41 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 2 replies · 349+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | July 13, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    Listen to former Clinton Advisor, Dick Morris, explain how Barack Obama has deceptively broken his campaign promise of "No New Taxes," similar to the first George Bush. Like then, he must be held accountable.
  • C-SPAN Alert - Dick Morris talking about Catastrophe

    07/12/2009 7:42:23 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 5 replies · 924+ views
    Dick Morris on CSPAN 2 now talking about his book Catastrophe till the end of the hour ( catch the questions?).
  • NY Times Best Sellers (Non-Fiction)

    07/08/2009 4:41:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 594+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 8, 2009
    Hardcover Non-Fiction 1. CATASTROPHE, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann 2. LIBERTY AND TYRANNY, by Mark R. Levin 3. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell 4. HORSE SOLDIERS, by Doug Stanton 5. THE END OF OVEREATING, by David A. Kessler Paperback Non-Fiction 1. GLENN BECK’S ‘COMMON SENSE’, by Glenn Beck 2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin 3. WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES, by David Sedaris 4. BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell 5. AN INCONVENIENT BOOK, by Glenn Beck