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  • 'Think of it as an ice cube': How Venezuela became a disaster state (80,000% Hyperinflation)

    01/01/2019 3:31:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/18
    **SNIP** Venezuela is ‘an ice cube’ The end result of the country’s decline, in terms of society, has been extreme poverty and hunger. In 2017, the average Venezuelan citizen lost around 24 pounds in 2017, about 73 people were murdered a day. And the rule of law is also breaking down: According to the country’s Prosecutor General’s office, 98% of crimes in 2014 were not prosecuted. Hyperinflation and the introduction of President Nicolas Maduro’s unique cryptocurrency has made the bolivar essentially worthless. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) noted that three million Venezuelans have sought refuge, hoping to find a...
  • Obama: America Has a ‘Great Smugness’ About Wealth, Status

    11/28/2018 10:28:37 AM PST · by seanmerc · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Nov 18 | Trent Baker
    While speaking Tuesday at Rice University’s Baker Center with author Jon Meacham and former White House chief of staff, James Baker, former President Barack Obama discussed identity politics and its history regarding race in the United States. Obama said that America, particularly American elites, have had a history of “great smugness” when it comes to wealth and status, Partial transcript as follows: OBAMA: We did not adapt quickly enough to the fact that there were people being left behind. And that frustrations were going to flare up and that all of these changes that were happening were happening really quick,...
  • Price Gouging During a Natural Disaster

    10/24/2018 11:22:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    Thirteen states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia -- have enacted laws to combat what is seen as price gouging in the wake of natural disasters. Price gouging is legally defined as charging 10 to 25 percent more for something than you charged for it during the month before an emergency. Sellers convicted of price gouging face prison terms and fines. Price gouging in the wake of natural disasters is often seen as evil exploitation by sellers to rip off desperate customers. Let's hold off on that...
  • Word for Word: FEMA Administrator Calls For "Culture of Preparedness" in America (C-SPAN)

    10/13/2018 3:30:50 PM PDT · by TexasKamaAina · 61 replies
    C-SPAN (via YouTube) ^ | 10/12/2018 | Brock Long
    FEMA Administrator Brock Long today briefed reporters on the impact of Hurricane Michael as well as the response and recovery efforts. The administrator also took the opportunity to implore more Americans, especially those that live in areas susceptible to natural disasters...
  • The US Government Is Updating Its Nuclear Disaster Plans (Truncated) FEMA update

    08/24/2018 2:52:09 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 20 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 8/24/2018 | Dan Vergano
    SCIENCE The US Government Is Updating Its Nuclear Disaster Plans And They Are Truly Terrifying “We are looking at 100 kiloton to 1,000 kiloton detonations,” a FEMA official said. By Dan Vergano Map of Washington, DC Reporting From Washington, DC Posted on August 24, 2018
  • Sixty nine major earthquakes hit the Pacific's Ring of Fire in just 48 hours driving fears that ...

    08/21/2018 6:25:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 21, 2018 | Harry Pettit
    Complete Headline: Sixty nine major earthquakes hit the Pacific's Ring of Fire in just 48 hours driving fears that the 'Big One' is about to hit California Sixteen tremors above magnitude 4.5 shook the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' on Monday This followed a cluster of 53 quakes that hit the geological zone on Sunday The quakes rattled Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan and Fiji, but failed to reach the US Scientists have previously warned California is long overdue a major quake Fears that a deadly earthquake may soon hit California have emerged after a swarm of quakes rocked one of Earth's major...
  • Watch Out California! 53 Major Earthquakes ... Just Hit The Ring Of Fire In A 24 Hour Period

    08/20/2018 2:55:47 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 86 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | August 19, 2018 | Michael Snyder
    Complete Headline: Watch Out California! 53 Major Earthquakes (Including A Magnitude 8.2) Just Hit The Ring Of Fire In A 24 Hour Period Is something unusual starting to happen to the crust of our planet? The USGS defines any earthquake of at least magnitude 4.5 as "significant", and there were 53 earthquakes that met that criteria along the Ring of Fire on Sunday alone. If you would like to verify that information for yourself, you can so do right here. Not too long ago, I wrote about how "Earth changes" seem to be accelerating all over the world, but even...
  • California Request for Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Approved

    08/05/2018 2:12:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NBC News LA ^ | Aug. 5, 2018 | Shahan Ahmed
    California has been hard hit by wildfires, and 17 major fires continue to burn. California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Saturday that the White House had approved the state's request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Shasta County, where the historic Carr Fire continues to burn. According to Governor Brown's office, the request was submitted to the President and approved in the same day. "This is part of a trend – a new normal – that we've got to deal with. We're dealing with it humanly, financially and governmentally," Governor Brown said on Saturday during a media briefing...
  • Heartbreaking Photos Emerge as Residents Try to Escape Greek Fire

    07/24/2018 9:19:48 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Jul 24, 2018 | Tasos Kokkinidis
    Hundreds of residents of the seaside resort of Mati, east of Athens, sought refuge on Monday to nearby beaches to evade the approaching fire that has claimed the lives of at least 50 people.Heartbreaking photos have emerged of panicked residents trying to escape the rage of the flames and waiting to be rescued by the Greek coast guard and private boats. (note: many more photos at the link and 2 videos) -- Greeks Turn to Social Media to Find Missing Persons A group of Greeks have created an electronic database with photos and names of missing persons following Monday’s devastating fires...
  • Box Office: ‘Solo’ Is Officially a Disaster as Media Cover Up Why

    06/02/2018 5:39:02 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 125 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/02/18 | John Nolte
    With no serious competition opening at the box office, Solo has officially collapsed with a catastrophic -68 percent drop in its second weekend. After grossing a measly (we are talking about a Star Wars movie here) $82 million in its debut weekend, Solo bottomed out in week two with just $28 million. How bad is that? In its second weekend, The Force Awakens was grossing $50 million A DAY. The Last Jedi grossed $70 million. Rogue One grossed $55 million. In worse news, Solo is by far the most expensive Star Wars movie produced yet, with a reported price tag...
  • New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

    05/19/2018 2:41:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2018 2:20 PM | Joseph Pisani
    Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafés or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything. The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers. […] The company said anyone can use its cafés, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is...
  • 71 years later, Texas City remembers 1947 ship disaster

    04/16/2018 8:26:19 AM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    http://abc13.com/ ^ | April 15, 2018
    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Monday marks the anniversary of the 1947 Texas City ship disaster. On Saturday evening survivors met in Texas City to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the disaster in a somber memorial. On April 16th, 1947, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions to have ever occurred rocked the Texas City port, killing hundreds of people including 28 members of the Texas City Fire Department. It all started shortly after 8 a.m. that day, when longshoremen noticed smoke in the hold of the S.S. Grandcamp. The Texas City Volunteer Fire Department was called but the fire continued to...
  • Urgent help needed as Afrin IDP numbers top 167,000 (Syria)

    03/25/2018 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 45 replies
    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ^ | (3-23-18) 23/03/2018 | none stated
    Humanitarian agencies are struggling to meet the health and aid needs of the civilian population of Afrin as the number of people recently displaced due to Turkey’s offensive climbs to an estimated 167,000. Concerns have also been raised for the security of the thousands who remain in the canton.“Children, women, and men have undertaken harrowing journeys to flee Afrin and need urgent health assistance. Our staff have met civilians who reported walking for 36 hours to reach safer areas,” said Elizabeth Hoff, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Syria.People arriving at shelters have described “running in the face...
  • Concern Over the Situation in Afrin, Syria (US State Dept.)

    03/19/2018 12:17:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | March 19, 2018 | Heather Nauert
    Press StatementHeather NauertDepartment Spokesperson Washington, DC March 19, 2018 The United States is deeply concerned over reports from Afrin City over the last 48 hours. It appears the majority of the population of the city, which is predominantly Kurdish, evacuated under threat of attack from Turkish military forces and Turkish backed opposition forces. This adds to the already concerning humanitarian situation in the area, with United Nations agencies reporting a displaced population in or from Afrin district in the hundreds of thousands, who now require immediate shelter and other assistance to meet basic needs. We are also concerned over reports...
  • The states where Americans have the best quality of life, ranked (Calif. is ranked last)

    03/04/2018 8:16:54 PM PST · by Enterprise · 56 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | March 1, 2018 | Mark Abadi
    U.S. News & World report ranked the best states in the US for quality of life. Quality of life includes the quality of the natural environment, like water and air quality, and the quality of the social environment, like community engagement and voter participation. Of every state in the US, North Dakota residents have the highest quality of life.
  • Norway To Spend $13 Million To Upgrade 'Doomsday' Arctic Seed Vault

    02/27/2018 6:40:03 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-27-2018
    Does Norway know something we don’t? The Scandinavian country announced Monday that it is going to spend about $12.7 million to upgrade its “doomsday” seed vault that is the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. The Verge reported that the upgrades will focus on a new concrete tunnel and “emergency power and refrigerated units and other electrical equipment that emeits heat through the tunnel.” The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a gene bank built underground on an isolated island in a permafrost zone some 620 miles from the North Pole, was...
  • 2 killed in Southern California deluge as rivers of mud wipe out homes

    01/09/2018 9:38:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | January 9 ,2018 | ason Hanna, Stella Chan and Paul P. Murphy
    Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday morning -- leaving at least two dead, destroying homes and spurring rescues as the flooding forced heavily traveled roads to close. At least six homes near the coastal community of Montecito were "wiped away from their foundations" by mudflow and debris, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.
  • 28 Photos That Take You Inside California Wildfires’ Destruction

    12/08/2017 5:22:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 7, 2017 | Rachel del Guidice
    Wildfires in Southern California aided by wind have driven 200,000 from their homes, and have forced schools throughout the area to close. The largest fire started in Santa Paula, California, on Monday, but there are now five separate fires. Here’s a glimpse into some of the destruction California is facing.
  • Iceland’s Biggest Volcano Is ‘Ready To Erupt’ As Europe Faces A Disaster

    11/01/2017 4:09:32 AM PDT · by blam · 47 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-1-2017 | Mac Slavo
    Iceland’s biggest volcano has been rocked by the strongest earthquake since it last erupted in 2014. With swarms of earthquakes occurring in the French Alps too, Europe is facing what could be one of the largest natural disasters in history. Last week, the 6,591-foot tall Bardarbunga, a “powerful and versatile” volcano, was rattled by the four largest earthquakes since it last erupted in 2014. The earthquakes, measuring in magnitudes of 3.9, 3.2, 4.7, and 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck the caldera region over several days last weekend. Another magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit the 200km long and 25km wide...
  • Kim’s Disaster: North Korean Nuclear Base Collapses, Killing at Least 200 People

    10/31/2017 11:37:58 AM PDT · by righttackle44 · 48 replies
    Western Journalism [Compliation] ^ | October 31, 2017 | Jack Davis
    [This is a news brief from an e-mail compilation]: Information emerging from furtive North Korea indicates that a tunnel at the regime’s nuclear test site collapsed last month after a nuclear test, killing about 200 people. A report from Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi, citing unnamed sources, said 100 people were killed in an initial collapse around Sept. 10, and another 100 died in a rescue operation. Other reports put the date of the collapse as Oct. 10. No official North Korean announcement was made about the date of the collapse. North Korea’s massive Sept. 3 test caused multiple tremors and...