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  • Obama: Is it too soon to judge his presidency?

    12/30/2011 1:25:43 PM PST · by thecodont · 76 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | December 29, 2011 | 12:34 pm | Alexandra Le Tellier
    [...] And yet, here we are at the end of 2011, with Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and discussion boards still teeming with intemperate quick takes. President Obama has taken considerable heat this year, but isn't it too soon to accuse him of being an ineffectual leader? Isn't that one lesson from the Tucson incident? On a Christmas Day episode of "GPS" on CNN, Fareed Zakaria interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, who reminded us that it's too early to cast Obama's legacy in stone. Here's an excerpt from their interview: I admire him very much, and I think that his...
  • Fourth-Best President? The Unbearable Heaviness of Obama’s Ego

    12/22/2011 12:26:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Media ^ | December 22, 2011 | Barry Rubin
    In his interview with 60 Minutes, Barack Obama said he was the “fourth-best president.” This was cut from the program. Since it is such a compelling statement, I can only presume it was cut — like so many other things that were great in journalistic terms — to keep Obama from looking bad. But those making fun of Obama for this statement have just skimmed the surface. Actually, there is a lot to be discovered from further examining what he said. And, before proceeding, I should note that my main professional training was in U.S. history, just to make...
  • Disaster Is Always a Call to Repentance!

    12/09/2011 7:23:24 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 3 replies ^ | 12/09/2011 | Clay Jones
    I need to begin with a qualification: I’ve been embarrassed when some famous evangelical leaders (no, I’m not going to name names) have blamed people for the disaster they’ve suffered through. For example, I didn’t agree with blaming 9/11 on this sin or that or blaming the Haitian earthquake victims for the earthquake because they practiced Voodoo. We aren’t in a position to say why a particular disaster strikes a particular group. Now, that being said, that doesn’t mean that disaster isn’t always a call to repentance. God certainly uses disaster, every disaster, that way. I’m just saying we shouldn’t...
  • Maine congressional delegation asks for fisheries disaster declaration

    12/01/2011 9:41:54 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | Nov. 30, 2011
    Maine’s congressional delegation is supporting Gov. Paul LePage’s request seeking a federal fisheries disaster declaration to provide aid to Maine’s groundfishing fleet. ... His request followed a recent report documenting a sharp decline in Maine’s fishing fleet due to changes in federal fishery management plans.
  • Courting Disaster: Two Gaping Loopholes in the Debt Deal That Will Drive Up Spending

    11/07/2011 1:16:27 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation ^ | November 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Patrick Louis Knudsen
    Among the more egregious failings of the Budget Control Act (BCA)—the proxy fiscal plan spawned by the summer’s debt ceiling debate—are a pair of gaping loopholes allowing Congress effectively to blow through the agreement’s advertised spending limit. The Senate has already begun to exploit one of these openings. The House should not let it happen. Loophole No. 1, little noticed when the BCA was enacted, is called “disaster relief.” It allows Congress to “adjust” the BCA’s $1.043 trillion discretionary spending cap for fiscal year (FY) 2012—that is, to simply raise the limit—for weather events the President terms “disasters” (an exceptionally...
  • The Collapse of Our Corrupt, Predatory, Pathological Financial System Is Necessary and Positive

    11/06/2011 2:15:23 PM PST · by Space Patrol Hoppa · 35 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | November 5, 2011 | Charles Hugh Smith
    We are being throttled by the Big Lie: we're told that if the predatory financial system implodes, we'll all be ruined. The opposite is true: the only way to save our economy is to let the corrupt, pathological and flawed financial system implode. I was recently challenged by a contributor to write something positive, and so I decided to write about the single most positive outcome of the current financial crisis in Europe: the complete collapse of the corrupt, predatory, pathological global banking sector and its dealers, the central banks. Exploring why this is so reveals the insurmountable internal conflicts...
  • [Obama Disaster] Employers Consider Dropping Insurance Plans [once ObamaCare in place]

    11/01/2011 8:24:36 PM PDT · by topher · 25 replies ^ | 11-1-2011 | By Jim Angle
    Three years before the new health care law takes full effect, a survey of employers has found 30 percent of them are thinking about dropping coverage, in part because most employees will have an alternative -- government-subsidized insurance exchanges. McKinsey & Company commissioned a survey of 1,329 private sector employers in February and found that three out of 10 respondents who said their companies offered employer-sponsored health insurance said they would "definitely" or "probably" drop coverage in the years following 2014, the year the Affordable Care Act takes full effect. "The employer knows there's no reason to provide private, expensive...
  • Obama Has Declared Record-Breaking 89 Disasters So Far In 2011

    10/28/2011 9:39:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo News ^ | 28 Oct 2011 | Amy Bingham
    From Hurricane Irene , which soaked the entire East Coast in August, to the Midwest tornadoes , which wrought havoc from Wisconsin to Texas, 2011 has seen more billion-dollar natural disasters than any year on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. And as America’s hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires set records this year, so too has President Obama in his response to them. During the first 10 months of this year President Obama declared 89 major disasters, more than the record 81 declarations that he made in all of 2010. And Obama has declared more disasters — 229...
  • Caught on camera: 6,810 bottles of wine crashed to floor when store's shelves collapsed

    10/24/2011 10:39:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10-24-11 | Mike O'Brien
    It's a wine lover's nightmare - thousands of bottles of the world's finest grape juice crash on the floor, leading to a tsunami of undrinkable vino. At Superior Discount Liquors in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, that disastrous scenario really did happen. A 78ft long shelving unit suddenly becoming detached from its anchoring wall. Standing four shelves high, a total of 6,810 bottles of wine and champagne smashed on the floor. The liquor turned into a sea of red and broken glass. Managers at the store are stumped as to why or how it happened, but did admit the shelves are 31 years...
  • Japan: March disaster debris may reach Hawaii next year(huge debris field spotted)

    10/15/2011 12:11:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1+ views
    NHK ^ | 10/15/11
    March disaster debris may reach Hawaii next year US researchers say some of the huge amount of debris that has been drifting in the Pacific Ocean as a result of Japan's disaster in March may reach Hawaii next year. Nikolai Maximenko, senior researcher at the University of Hawaii's International Pacific Research Center, says a huge amount of debris was spotted by a Russian training ship heading for Vladivostok from Hawaii in late September. The debris was found in a wide area in the northern Pacific Ocean about 3,200 kilometers east of Japan and about 900 kilometers west of the Midway...
  • Include your Pets in your Evacuation and Disaster Planning

    10/05/2011 6:49:33 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 24 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | October 5, 2011 | ARA
    All too often when a disaster strikes, our four-legged friends are left to fend for themselves and sometimes end up lost, injured or killed. The best way to avoid this tragic scenario is to have a well-thought-out disaster plan that includes pets...
  • No Big Fight Over Disaster Aid — Too Bad

    09/27/2011 10:43:46 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 5 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/27/2011 | David Hogberg
    A government shutdown has been avoided as Congress reached a deal on the latest contentious budget issue: financing federal disaster aid. As the New York Times reported: “The Senate reached a bipartisan spending agreement on Monday to avert a government shutdown, sidestepping a bitter impasse over disaster financing after federal authorities said they could most likely squeak through the rest of this week with the $114 million they had on hand.” There is no guarantee that a “bitter impasse” would have resulted in reforming disaster aid, but it’s almost certain that it won’t happen without any serious debate. That’s too...
  • House of Representatives passes spending bill (Dingy Harry Reid, Senate need disaster aid)

    09/23/2011 5:23:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/23/11
    House of Representatives passes spending billNEWSCORE Last Updated: 5:45 AM, September 23, 2011 WASHINGTON -- The US House of Representatives early Friday morning passed a temporary spending bill -- with lawmakers reversing their opposition to the short-term funding measure rejected about 30 hours earlier. On Wednesday, 48 House Republicans had joined Democrats in opposing the GOP-crafted temporary spending bill to keep the government funded through Nov. 18. **SNIP** "The bill the House will vote on tonight is not an honest effort at compromise," Reid said in a statement before the vote. "It will be rejected by the Senate. ... The...
  • American Generosity

    09/15/2011 4:12:00 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 25 replies
    September 15, 2011
    As you open your pockets for the next natural disaster, please keep these facts in mind: The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans' salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause The Salvation Army's Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this...
  • Leveraging a Hurricane (Dems put funding electric cars ahead of disaster relief)

    09/03/2011 9:04:19 AM PDT · by Clairity · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | WSJ Editorial
    Rahm Emanuel may have decamped to Chicago, but Democrats in Washington still won't let a good crisis go to waste. Their current gambit is to use Hurricane Irene as a pretext to prevent spending cuts to one of Washington's most notorious boondoggles. This week the left-wing press has been attacking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for holding disaster relief funding "hostage." A more accurate way to put this is that Senate Democrats won't approve new funding for disasters unless they get the funding they want for corporations that make electric cars.
  • Obama’s FEMA Breaks Disaster Declaration Record

    08/10/2011 9:09:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies ^ | Matt Mayer
    On August 8, President Barack Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a disaster declaration for flooding in Utah. With that declaration, FEMA hit 158 declarations in 2011 and in so doing surpassed the 15-year record of 157 declarations, set in 1996 by President Bill Clinton’s FEMA, led by James Lee Witt. At this pace, FEMA will end the year with roughly 288 declarations, or almost twice the previous record. When FEMA issues a declaration, costs shift from the state where the declaration occurred to the federal government—which really means the states where the disaster did not occur are paying...
  • (Vanity) I want to know--IS OBAMA PLAYING GOLF THIS WEEKEND?

    08/06/2011 9:26:49 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 18 replies
    8/07/11 | Mamzelle
    The market crashed, the debt skyrocketed over one day, our credit downgraded and the worst casualties in Afghanistan since the war began. And it was his big party week. High rollers in Chicago. Hollywood in the WH. He's in Camp David. Will he pay his nation the expected insult, the gesture of contemptuous indifference--by devoting himself yet again to his favorite form of leisure?
  • How Pilots Wrestled In Vain to Save Air France Jet

    07/31/2011 9:31:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 122 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tim Hepher
    "What do you think? What do you think? What should we do?" The 37-year-old Air France co-pilot with over 6,000 flying hours was running out of ideas as a stall alarm bellowed through the Airbus cockpit for the sixth time in exactly two minutes. His junior colleague with two years on the job was already in despair as he battled to control the jet's speed and prevent it rocking left to right in pitch darkness over the Atlantic, on only his second Rio de Janeiro-Paris trip as an A330 pilot. "I don't have control of the plane. I don't have...
  • O's Unemployment is a Disaster

    07/11/2011 3:42:48 AM PDT · by Son House · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | July 8, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Some people think that the unemployment rate today going up to 9.2% pretty much means that there's no way a responsible Republican leader would cave, with the unemployment news continuing to be bad, therefore Obama's policy obviously being destructive, there is no way, Rush, don't worry about it, Rush, there's no way a responsible leader's gonna cave, that 9.2% unemployment figure's a game-changer. What do you mean? It just went up one-tenth of a point. Why wasn't 9.1% a game-changer? What, on Thursday they're talking about possibly caving so go from 9.1 to 9.2, well, that takes the cave...
  • The Key To Disaster Survival? Friends And Neighbors (NPR article)

    07/06/2011 11:25:50 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 30 replies ^ | 7-4-11 | Shankar Vedantam
    I found this of interest, about half way down: "Governments and big nongovernmental organizations — which are keenly aware of the big picture — are often blind to neighborhood dynamics. In Southeast Asia, Aldrich found that well-intentioned NGOs actually hurt the fishing communities they were trying to help. They saw the damage caused by the tsunami in fishing villages and started giving new boats to all the fishermen. Really, at the end of the day, the people who will save you, and the people who will help you, they're usually neighbors. - Daniel Aldrich "Fishing is a very social activity....
  • It's the end of the world as we know it: COMET ELENIN

    06/30/2011 10:29:20 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 150 replies · 3+ views
    many ^ | 6-30-2011 | many
    Comet ELENIN is coming, and some conspiracy theorists believe it will brng much gloom, is THIS what NASA's head guy warned us about 3 weeks ago??
  • Bankers Say Supporting Obama Is "Bad For Business" And Embarrassing

    06/28/2011 6:47:22 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 28, 2011 | Katya Wachtel
    It is well documented that Wall Street was deeply offended by Obama's "fat cat" comments after he was elected President, so much so, that longtime Democratic supporters have shifted their support to the GOP for the next election. In fact, some Wall Streeters even alleged that at an even more basic level, Obama just doesn't like rich people. But apparently the disdain for Bam on the Street may be mostly appearances. According to Andrew Ross Sorkin at Dealbook, While many of the biggest name financiers feel that they can’t publicly support Mr. Obama through campaign contributions the way they did...
  • A New Michelle Emerges In Africa

    06/24/2011 8:27:25 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 24, 2011 | Judi McLeod
    ‘Brightstar’ is out there making a name for herself in South Africa during a weeklong trip with every family member in tow, including her brother’s children, but not her husband the president. Brightstar is the name dubbed to Michelle Obama’s plane. Brightstar may flicker brightly over the dark continent but in her own country nothing shines from her. Even though touted loudly as a “goodwill trip”, there must be some South Africans wondering why it took America’s First Lady almost three years to disperse her goodwill in their country on a weeklong trip that leaves lots of room for photo...
  • Nebraska Flood-Update on Cooper and Fort Calhoun Nuclear Stations

    06/23/2011 10:20:38 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 36 replies Blog ^ | Published Jun 23, 2011 | Darla Sue Dollman
    On June 23, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drastically increased the amount of water released from the Gavins Point Dam into the Missouri. On June 23, 2011, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency announced that flood waters along the Missouri River at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, south of Offutt Air Force Base, surpassed previous flood records set in 1993 when they reached 36.03 feet. Nebraska City, Nebraska also surpassed 1993 levels with a record 27.79 feet. Intimidating, perhaps, but not surprising to the Army Corps of Engineers who announced Tuesday, June 21, 2011, that they would increase the amount of water...

    06/14/2011 4:46:34 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 44 replies · 2+ views
  • Broken Bible Belt: Homes in Ruins From Tornadoes Denied Aid by FEMA for ‘Insufficient Damage’

    06/13/2011 11:27:37 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 36 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 06/13/11 | Naked Emperor News
    Jefferson County resident Jonathan Stewart said he laughed in shock after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claimed the house his family lost in the deadly April 27 twister was ‘not unsafe to live in’. Displaced families in tornado-ravaged Alabama are outraged after being denied federal aide to rebuild their flattened homes – due to ‘insufficient damage’. The devastating reality is the house is now a concrete slab surrounded by rubble. Mr Stewart told a FEMA inspector saw first-hand the Pleasant Grove residence he shared with his wife, Lisa, and their two children was ripped from the ground....
  • Alabama still need some help;contact information for Hackleburg, Alabama

    05/29/2011 12:22:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Yuleeyahoo · 8 replies
    Daughter of a friend lives in affected area. The mother went to help out a few weeks ago. She called me about what she saw and her experience with the Red Cross and FEMA. She asked Red Cross what they needed and got a list; she was referred to FEMA for additional information. What galled her was the response from FEMA. FEMA informed her that there WAS NO NEED FOR ANYTHING. Keep in mind that she had a list of items requested by the Red Cross representative IN HER HAND! I suggested that she get emails and contact information. The...
  • Woman dies of heart attack when told of father's tornado death

    05/25/2011 10:28:59 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/11 | John Stevens
    A 54-year-old Missouri woman has died after suffering a heart attack when told of her father's death in the Joplin tornado. The grieving woman collapsed after being told that her father was among the dead after the tornado hit. Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges said the woman who died on Tuesday didn't immediately learn of her father's death in the historic storm that has killed more than 120 people.
  • Americans Are Preparing At Unprecedented Levels

    04/27/2011 6:08:52 PM PDT · by blam · 175 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4-27-2011 | Mac Slavo
    Americans Are Preparing At Unprecedented Levels Author: Mac Slavo April 27th, 2011 Do you have enough larder to feed your family and some friends if grocery stores ran out of food? How about several assault rifles and a few thousand rounds of ammo? Solar panels, a water filter, medical kits, bug-out bags, fire starters, tents, sleeping bags, some junk silver and reserve gasoline? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s becoming apparent to many Americans that depending on our local, state and federal governments in the event of an emergency, catastrophic societal collapse or widespread disaster will not be sufficient to...
  • Disaster Preparedness in the Midwest, thoughts?

    04/26/2011 8:47:43 AM PDT · by ScoutLaw · 49 replies
    equipped to survive ^ | Doug Ritter
    Good morning all from Philadelphia. This is my first post on Free Republic. I'm a longtime lurker, and admirer though. I hope this isn't a vanity post, but I'd like some thoughts from the collective wisdom. I'm moving out to Oklahoma (Tulsa area, probably Broken Arrow) in the Fall. I realize I'll have a bunch of months to get ready for tornado season, but given the storms there so far this summer, I'm asking, what do you that live out there do for disaster preparedness? Living in Philly, I'm fortunate enough to have little natural disasters to worry about. My...
  • Worse Than Deepwater Horizon. Some candidates for “worst environmental catastrophe in history”

    04/20/2011 7:56:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/20/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    In the next week, how many times will you hear that the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the worst environmental catastrophe in American history? This assessment was plausible when first uttered by President Obama almost a year ago, but now it’s clear that the worst never happened. The Deepwater spill has largely disappeared — dispersed, evaporated, and eaten by bacteria. Its impact on sea life appears minimal. Yet politicians, activists, trial lawyers, and environmental journalists persist in perpetuating this myth. Why? Pinning disasters on the environmental lobby’s hobby horse du jour defines the battlespace, increases the power of...
  • At Least 45 Killed After Deadly Storms Ravage Southern U.S., North Carolina

    04/17/2011 5:23:05 PM PDT · by metmom · 26 replies ^ | April 17, 2011 |
    RALEIGH, N.C. – A devastating storm that spawned tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as softballs has claimed at least 45 lives across the U.S. while roaring through the South and gaining steam in North Carolina and Virginia. Emergency crews searched for victims in hard-hit swaths of North Carolina, where 62 tornadoes were reported from the worst spring storm in two decades to hit the state. Eleven people were confirmed dead in Bertie County, county manager Zee Lamb said. Another four were confirmed dead in Bladen County, bringing the state's death toll to at least 21.
  • Libyan stalemate is bad news for Samantha Power, Obama key advisor

    04/13/2011 5:30:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Irish Central ^ | April 13, 2011 | Niall O'Dowd
    The continued stalemate in Libya is not good news for Samantha Power widely seen as one of the architects of the Libyan intervention. Power, who works with the National Security Council, has been touted as the next secretary of State if Obama is re-elected but if Libya continues to be a stalemate it will not help her case... But the original script went wrong from there with rebels advancing, then retreating like a bad Charlie Chaplin scene before the current stalemate. Stalemate is not good in that corner of the world, and a leaderless state, like Somalia can soon become...
  • Leak at Fukushima appears to be lessening

    04/05/2011 3:09:21 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 35 replies
    NHK World ^ | April 5, 2011 | Staff
    The operator of the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear plant has injected a hardening agent beneath a leaking concrete pit in a bid to stem the flow of highly radioactive water into the sea. The firm says the leakage seems to be decreasing, following the infusion of the hardening agent. ...Tokyo Electric Power Company started infusing liquid glass into gravel below the pit near the Number 2 reactor at 3 PM on Tuesday. TEPCO spotted a crack in the pit 3 days ago while trying to find the source of the leakage of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. ...TEPCO is planning...
  • Jackie Chan Raises $3.3 Million in Three Hours for Japan Relief

    04/05/2011 1:40:06 PM PDT · by DTogo · 20 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 4, 2011 | Karen Chu
    He estimates he has given out at least half of what he has earned throughout his career: “My goal is to have a $0 in my bank account the day I die.” HONG KONG — Help for the people of Japan suffering the effects of earthquake, tsunami and radioactive fallout was only a phone call away. It helped that Jackie Chan was on one end of the call. “When I picked up the phone and called my friends in the entertainment business in Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Singapore, right away, they all agreed to come over,” Chan said. The...
  • Evidence of periodic chain reaction at Fukushima Unit 1 (truncated title)

    04/04/2011 7:48:49 PM PDT · by FReepaholic · 18 replies
    Fairewinds Associates ^ | 4/3/2011 | Arnold Gundersen
    Newly released TEPCO data provides evidence of periodic chain reaction at Fukushima Unit 1 Images Reveal Nuclear Fuel Rack Exposed to Air
  • Japan hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake: reports [Revised to 6.1- per USGS]

    03/27/2011 4:12:00 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 41 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 03/27/2011 | Market Watch
    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Monday morning, prompting a tsunami warning, according to reports from the region. The quake hit near Miyagi prefecture, which suffered extensive damage in the catastrophic March 11 temblor, at 7:24 a.m. (6:24 p.m. U.S. Eastern time), according to Kyodo News. Dow Jones Newswires said the quake was centered off the coast. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. A tsunami warning was issued shortly after the quake, however the resulting wave was expected to be relatively small in size, according to CNBC.
  • THE NEXT DISASTER shall come in a form of threes , Not a stone left unturned T

    03/26/2011 10:57:26 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 35 replies
    The next disaster will come in a form of threes , The first one shall affect the forest and the trees , The second the waters , their taste you shall find , Shall become as that of lime , The third a fire from heaven that can not be overcome , It shall destroy both buildings and nations in that all it touches shall be over run , No life in these places shall be found , For all that was shall be burnt to the ground , The foliage shall die as if from a disease , Every...
  • Japan disaster: over 27,000 dead or missing

    03/25/2011 6:16:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    NHK WORLD ^ | Thursday, March 24, 2011 03:01 +0900 (JST) | Staff
    More than 27,000 people are officially dead or missing after the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11th. According to the National Police Agency, 9,811 people are confirmed dead as of 9 PM on Thursday. The agency says it has received reports of 17,541 people missing. Most of the dead and missing are from the 3 hardest hit prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima. The number of confirmed deaths in Fukushima totals 839, far smaller than the more than 5,800 in Miyagi and about 3,000 in Iwate. This may be due to the suspension of search operations...
  • Tokyo Shops Ration Goods as Workers Injured at Nuke Plant

    03/24/2011 8:31:11 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    AP/FoxNews ^ | 3/24/11
    Shops across Tokyo began rationing goods -- milk, toilet paper, rice and water -- as a run on bottled water coupled with delivery disruptions left shelves bare Thursday nearly two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The unusual sights of scarcity in one of the world's richest, most modern capitals came a day after city officials reported that radioactive iodine in the Tokyo's tap water measured more than twice the level considered safe for babies.
  • Washington ,Oregon ,California and The Olmypic Peninsula Choose this day whom you will serve !

    03/18/2011 11:36:42 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 51 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-18-11 | Jedediah
    In 2005 the Lord gave me a vision of a mountain range rising up straight down Interstate 5 from Olympia through California . Yesterday I sensed even parts of the Olmypic Peninsula may soon disappear ! There is about to be , A catastrophe , Of human life greater than ever fortold , A separating of the sheep not of my fold , The ones that have gone the way of Cain , Sold their birthright as Esau for a moment of gain, These sheep have already witnessed the wonders of my love , But have rejected the God of...
  • Japan battles nuclear crisis, power effort crucial [considering burial]

    03/18/2011 10:34:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    News Daily ^ | 03-18-2011 | By Shinichi Saoshiro and Yoko Nishikawa
    Exhausted Japanese engineers scrambled to fix a power cable to two reactors at a tsunami-crippled nuclear power station on Saturday as they fought to prevent a deadly radiation release in the world's worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster. The dangerous and complex challenge for about 300 workers at the Fukushima plant in northeastern Japan, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, has unsettled the world's financial markets and prompted an international reassessment of nuclear safety. At the plant, from where people within 20 km (12 miles) have been evacuated to avoid radiation, engineers were hoping to attach power lines...
  • Networks Ignore Faith-Based Groups in Japan Disaster Aid Coverage

    03/17/2011 7:11:54 AM PDT · by patriotgal71 · 8 replies
    The Culture and Media Institute ^ | 3/17/2011 | Erin R. Brown
    An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan March 11 and the ensuing Tsunami wave delivered a devastating blow to the people, resources and economy of the U.S. ally. At this writing, a nuclear power plant there is on the verge of meltdown. As can be expected, it took a few days for the world and the American media to comprehend the complexity and gravity of the situation. But two things were very predictable in the aftermath of a natural disaster. First, Americans have responded generously, having rallied financial, physical, emotional and spiritual support for the Japanese. Second, the network news refuses...
  • Matt Drudge to unveil the new Drudge PANIC Report [sarcasm]

    03/16/2011 8:31:32 AM PDT · by topher · 24 replies
    Matt Drudge announced he is going to take a step further in spreading WORLDWIDE PANIC with his new DRUDGE PANIC REPORT. The first edition will feature an Al Gore interview on Global Warming and how temperatures will reach 160 at the North pole in just 5 years... Also in this first edition will be an interview with Chicken Little to explain the Scientific Basis for his Sky is falling prediction. [Sarcasm is now turned /off ]
  • Obama's First Two Years a Disaster for America

    03/16/2011 7:05:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/16/2011 | Chad Stafko
    Recall the euphoria that surrounded Barack Obama during the 2008 election season and after he was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.  Life was going to be blue skies and rainbows, or at least we were told, with hope and change on the way.  The American people would be better off and so would our nation with Obama in control.  After a little more than two years as the President, those blue skies have turned gray with not the slightest hint of a rainbow. Some professed that with Barack Obama as President, the staples of life would...
  • The Doom of Japan & the USA, Death by Earthquake

    03/15/2011 3:27:24 PM PDT · by STD · 66 replies
    Amazon ^ | 1974 | David Wilkerson
    Chapter 2 Drastic Weather Change and Earthquakes ( The Vision by David Wilkerson-published in 1974) Earthquakes coming to United States The United States is going to experience in the not-too-distant future the most tragic earthquakes in its history. One day soon this nation will be reeling under the impact of the biggest news story of modern times. It will be coverage of the biggest most disastrous earthquake in history.
  • Why The Japanese Aren't Looting

    03/15/2011 1:14:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 15, 2011 | Thomas Lifson, editor and publisher
    Foreign observers are noting with curiosity and wonder that the Japanese people in disaster-plagued areas are not looting for desperately-needed supplies like bottled water. This behavior contrasts sharply with what has so often happened in the wake of catastrophes elsewhere, such as Haiti, New Orleans, Chile, and the UK, to name only a few. Most people chalk up the extraordinary good behavior to Japanese culture, noting the legendary politeness of Japanese people in everyday life. Culture does play a role, but it is not an adequate explanation. After all, in the right circumstances, Japanese mass behavior can rank with the...
  • You can stop worrying about a radiation disaster in Japan--Here's why.

    03/14/2011 10:04:29 PM PDT · by Bigun · 138 replies
    Business insider ^ | 13 March, 2011 | Dr. Josef Oehmen, a research scientist at MIT
    I repeat, there was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity from the damaged Japanese reactors. By "significant" I mean a level of radiation of more than what you would receive on - say - a long distance flight, or drinking a glass of beer that comes from certain areas with high levels of natural background
  • Will The China Syndrome In Japan Affect The US?

    03/14/2011 10:16:25 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 17 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 03-14-11 | J.D. Longstreet
    I reside about thirty air miles from a huge east coast nuclear power plant. I was here when the plant was built and when it was put online. A few decades ago, I did a commentary, which I thought raised some reasonable questions concerning the safety of the plant. It got the attention of the big wigs at company headquarters and their representative paid me a visit. The result was — I granted them equal time to rebut my commentary – AND — I got a private tour of the plant from the front gate to a point as close...
  • 275 new tremors hit quake-torn Japan; missing 10,000 in flattened port town

    03/14/2011 12:35:31 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 6 replies
    Mail online ^ | March 14, 2011 | Jo Macfarlane
    Full Title: And the aftershocks go on: 275 new tremors hit quake-torn Japan as fears grow for missing 10,000 in flattened port town Forty-two survivors have been pulled from the rubble in the flattened town of Minami Sanrik, where up to 10,000 people are feared to have perished. Around half the town's 18,000 residents are missing but search and rescue teams are still working desperately through the rubble to try and find more people. Police are also trying to stop people returning to their homes. Despite the first tsunami warning being issued to the town that lies two miles from...