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  • Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely

    04/30/2016 2:25:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | April 29, 2016 | ROBINSON MEYER
    “A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions. These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think. In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a...
  • Supernovae showered Earth with radioactive debris

    04/06/2016 3:50:53 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 27 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4/6/2016 | Australian National University
    An international team of scientists has found evidence of a series of massive supernova explosions near our solar system, which showered Earth with radioactive debris. The scientists found radioactive iron-60 in sediment and crust samples taken from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The iron-60 was concentrated in a period between 3.2 and 1.7 million years ago, which is relatively recent in astronomical terms, said research leader Dr Anton Wallner from The Australian National University (ANU). "We were very surprised that there was debris clearly spread across 1.5 million years," said Dr Wallner, a nuclear physicist in the ANU Research...
  • Cuvier and Schaeffer’s Catastrophism:

    01/25/2016 4:24:32 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 11 replies
    Thunderbolts website ^ | January 20, 2016 | Peter Mungo Jupp
    The Opening of the Key to the Electric Universe Criticized, ostracized, derided, scorned and rebuked; Cuvier and Schaeffer. These two French eccentric geniuses ranged their new practical paradigms against the sanitized teachings of the Royal Societys consensus science. Georges Cuvier and then later Claude Schaeffer, dared question the hidebound uniformitarian teachings demanded by the Royal Societys geology darlings, Hutton and Lyle. They insisted that the worlds development was a slow evolutionary process explained by millions of years of uniform steady change. This misneme eventually influenced Darwin to explain evolution as a child of slow natural selection that, by chance, produced...
  • Trump Spokeswoman: Malcolm X Is 'My Idol,' Republicans Are Racist

    01/22/2016 11:19:28 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 125 replies
    the Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    Since joining the Trump campaign as a national spokeswoman in November, Katrina Pierson has served as an attack dog of sorts for Donald Trump, attempting to expose his critics and opponents as faux conservatives who are simply pulling the wool over the eyes of the American people. And yet, Ms. Pierson's own statements reveal she is a self-proclaimed devotee of Malcolm X (whom she has referred to as her "idol") and has a history of attacking conservatives as racists, sneering at Christians who are unable to "handle the truth" and mocking candidates who open up about their faith on the...
  • Yellowstone about to blow? Scientists warning over SUPER-VOLCANO that could kill MILLIONS

    01/07/2016 5:06:58 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 131 replies
    EXPRESS ^ | Jan 7, 2016 | JON AUSTIN
    Instances of volcanic eruptions are their highest for 300 years and scientists fear a major one that could kill millions and devastate the planet is a real possibility. Experts at the European Science Foundation said volcanoes - especially super-volcanoes like the one at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, which has a caldera measuring 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km) - pose more threat to Earth and the survival of humans than asteroids, earthquakes, nuclear war and global warming. There are few real contingency plans in place to deal with the ticking time bomb, which they conclude is likely to...
  • "Unstoppable" California Gas Leak Now Being Called Worst Catastrophe Since BP Spill

    12/24/2015 8:55:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/24/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Since initially reporting on California's Alison Canyon gas leak, more details have emerged on the scale (and potential for no solution) of the problem as the infamous Erin Brockovich writes, "the enormity of the Aliso Canyon gas leak cannot be overstated. Gas is escaping through a ruptured pipe more than 8,000 feet underground, and it shows no signs of stopping," as according to the California Air Resources Board, methane - a greenhouse gas 72 times more impactful in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide - has been escaping from the Aliso Canyon site with force equivalent “to a volcanic eruption”...
  • Canada Awaits a Pair of Impending Catastrophes

    12/03/2015 9:48:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/03/2015 | BY DAVID SOLWAY
    There are two countries that I once regarded as home: Canada, where I have spent most of my life, and Greece, where I lived for five years. Both are now lost to me. Governed by a leftist administration and effectively submitting to the adhan--the call of the muezzin--each is now under siege. Greece has become a way-station for a vast press of Muslim refugees sowing disorder and mayhem in their wake. Fishermen on the island of Lesbos, which I know well, have seen their livelihoods disrupted, and are unable to navigate through the filth and garbage littering their shores. Elsewhere...
  • Double Whammy: 2 Meteors Hit Ancient Earth At The Same Time

    09/15/2015 9:53:39 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News - Live Science ^ | 9-15-2015 | Elizabeth Palermo
    Elizabeth Palermo September 15, 2015An artist's depiction of the dual meteor strike. (Don Dixon/Erik Sturkell/University of Gothenburg) It's not altogether uncommon to hear about double rainbows, but what about a double meteor strike? It's a rare event, but researchers in Sweden recently found evidence that two meteors smacked into Earth at the same time, about 458 million years ago. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg uncovered two craters in the county of Jämtland in central Sweden. The meteors that formed the craters landed just a few miles from each other at the same moment, according to Erik Sturkell, a professor...
  • Earthquake Fact & Earthquake Fiction

    06/02/2015 3:27:40 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 34 replies
    USGS ^ | May/2015 | USGS
    Fact or Fiction? broken earth cartoon FACT: Earthquakes are sudden rolling or shaking events caused by movement under the Earth’s surface. An earthquake is the ground shaking caused by a sudden slip on a fault. Stresses in the earth's outer layer push the sides of the fault together. Stress builds up and the rocks slip suddenly, releasing energy in waves that travel through the earth's crust and cause the shaking that we feel during an earthquake. Faults are caused by the tectonic plates grinding and scraping against each other as they continuously and slowly move. In California, for example, there...
  • San Andreas Ready to Blow – In Theaters and In Real Life

    05/28/2015 6:20:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    www.sciencetimes.com ^ | May 26, 2015 03:30 PM EDT | Rachel K Wentz
    Admit it, there's nothing more fun than sitting in a dark theatre, munching on a bucket of buttery popcorn, and watching the Earth get demolished. In the latest round of catastrophic flicks, California is destroyed as the famous San Andreas Fault unleashes unimaginable (and unrealistic) devastation across the state. The new film, San Andreas, depicts the rupture of an unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada, which gets the destructive ball rolling by setting off powerful earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault. And although earthquakes are nothing new to Californians, and pose serious threats along the famous fault, Hollywood...
  • 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 · 114 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...