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  • Medicaid, the Next Obama Disaster

    04/27/2014 7:39:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    President Obama is doing his victory dance, telling us how his health care plan has become a success because his more than his targeted number (8 million) clicked their desire to have health insurance on a website. We will soon see how many are real policyholders, and later we will see their real costs as everything shakes out with co-pays and renewals next year. What we do know is that Medicaid is a pending disaster waiting to happen. When the Obamacare registration period started we were regularly hearing about all those new Medicaid sign-ups. Then we did not hear about...
  • Volcanoes Erupting Right Now All Over The Ring Of Fire – Is The U.S. Next?

    04/10/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 8, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    All of a sudden, the Ring of Fire is starting to tremble violently. Last month, we had a whole bunch of major earthquakes along the Ring of Fire, and this month volcanoes all over the Ring of Fire are erupting. Of course, there has always been seismic activity within this giant band that stretches around the Pacific Ocean. After all, approximately 75 percent of all volcanoes are located in the Ring of Fire and approximately 90 percent of all global earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire. But what is alarming is that the level of activity appears to be...
  • The 10 Cities Most At Risk Of Being Hit By Natural Disasters

    03/30/2014 6:43:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/30/2014 | Harrison Jacobs
    Swiss Re, a global reinsurance company, has analyzed the disaster potential for 616 of the world’s largest cities (PDF). Each city is ranked according to its potential for earthquakes, storms, storm surges, tsunamis, and river floods. For each type of disaster, Swiss Re devised an extreme weather scenario in which defenses fail and the human and economic toll can be enormous. Further, each city was ranked based on the effect each scenario would have on its residents by combining population-distribution data and vulnerability estimates for each disaster. The scenarios consider fatalities, injuries, evacuations, those whose homes would be damaged or destroyed, and those who...
  • Obamacare Is Obama Unmasked

    11/05/2013 3:44:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Everyone is focusing on Obamacare because it is such an obvious disaster, but in fact, it is but a microcosm of Barack Obama's entire presidency. Obamacare is Obama unmasked. Aren't some of you tired of making lame excuses for him that only serve to make things worse? He has made a mess of nearly everything his policies have touched, and he's mostly avoided the blame; but he owns Obamacare, and he has nowhere to hide. When someone with the influence Obama enjoyed upon first taking office sets out to fundamentally transform the nation -- and he has the unqualified support...
  • URGENT NOTICE OF ZOT FOR SEPT/OCT 2013

    09/05/2013 10:24:15 AM PDT · by Victoria Bingham · 4,835 replies
    Intel Analysis | September 5, 2013 | Victoria Bingham
    https://www.facebook.com/victoria.bingham.14?hc_location=timeline
  • When to Bug Out: Knowing the Signs

    04/13/2013 4:22:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    Ready Nutrition ^ | 1/2010 | Tess Pennington
    One of the largest concerns during a disaster situation is when to leave. Hurricanes, floods, chemical leaks, societal breakdowns and terrorist attacks – all cause major evacuation disruptions in urban areas when too many people are trying to flee at the same time. We have seen this with such disasters as 9-1-1, Hurricane Katrina, and evacuations from mass wildfires. While it is important to listen and keep up to date on the current status of a disaster, as a societal whole, we have placed far too much emphasis on the government telling us when the appropriate time to evacuate is....
  • Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy

    11/13/2012 8:36:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 12, 2012 | Peggy Layton
    In an emergency evacuation, there will always be people who stay behind to protect their personal belongings. People who ignored evacuation warnings had to be rescued and some lost their lives in one of the worst storms in the history of natural disasters in the United States.The biggest challenges were hunger and cold because of electrical outages. More than 8.1 million homes and businesses lost power.In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, city leaders across the country are asking how their city would respond to a similar disaster and examining their preparedness and self-reliance needs. Sandy would have resulted in much...
  • No Red Tape? Non-Union FEMA Crews, Water and Other Supplies Sit Idle Thanks To Unions & Red Tape

    11/13/2012 5:09:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    Red State ^ | November 12th, 2012 | LaborUnionReport
    It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy killed 113 people, wiped out portions of towns, and knocked out power to millions. It has also been two weeks since Barack Obama pledged, “No bureaucracy. No red tape.” However, according to multiple public and private sources, unions and union-related red tape are causing workers from out of state to be turned back, as well as workers contracted by FEMA, as well as tons of supplies, already in New York and New Jersey to sit idle—at a cost of millions to taxpayers. It has already been well publicized though the Daily Caller how...
  • Create A Three-Month Preparedness Plan

    11/08/2012 6:17:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 8, 2012 | Austin Fletcher
    While three monthsÂ’ worth of preparedness may seem like a long time, history confirms that it takes a combination of only a few emergencies for things like power, water and health services to be overloaded and run-down for weeks on end.For instance, New Orleans is still being rebuilt years later, and Japan was still cleaning up their nuclear meltdown more than six months after the tsunami. Should a severe snowstorm or forest fire cut you off from the grid, it certainly has the potential to last longer than a week. Thus, as you progress in your preparedness lifestyle, you will...
  • James Yeager: Hurricane Sandy aftermath is ‘medieval’

    11/03/2012 9:09:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    Guns Save A Life.com ^ | Nov 3, 2012 | Frank Sharpe
    James Yeager: Hurricane Sandy aftermath is ‘medieval’ by Frank Sharpe Fortress Defense Consultants James Yeager of Tactical Response just sent this note out: “I am getting reports from my Alumni in NY. Things are BAD. The news is under-reporting the violence. Shooting and home invasions are rampant. My Law Enforcement Alumni are telling me it is like a 3rd world country… Medieval. They say this will make Katrina look like a day at Disney.” http://theintelhub.com/2012/11/02/shock-72-hours-after-grid-down-starvation-supply-shortages-food-lines-no-clean-water-no-gas-transportation-standstill/ http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/02/tensions-boil-over-at-gas-stations-as-pumps-run-dry-in-wake-sandy/ This may or may not be as bad as it sounds. Doesn’t matter as nothing lasts forever. But this should serve as a warning...
  • 224 homes destroyed in NM wildfire [ Where is FEMA with credit cards and free housing!?]

    06/15/2012 6:52:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    msnbc ^ | 6/13/12
    Hundreds of evacuees in southern New Mexico on Wednesday stillweren't sure whether their homes were among the 224 destroyed by a wildfire near the town of Ruidoso. Fire officials broke the news to evacuees Tuesday night, but emphasized that while crews had surveyed the destroyed properties they had no exact locations to share just yet.
  • 'Women and children first' a myth: study

    04/13/2012 3:05:52 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 28 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 04/12/2012 | Rebecca Martin
    Scientists at Uppsala University have found that the widespread belief that women and children are saved first in maritime disasters is a myth, unless the men are threatened with physical violence like on the Titanic. “It is expected that the crew should rescue passengers, but our results show that captains and crew are more likely to survive than passengers,” said Mikael Elinder at the Department of Economics, Uppsala University and at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in a statement. “We also found that women and children were more inclined to die than men.” This, the scientists think, indicates...
  • Global warming causing horrid natural disasters? Not exactly.

    03/29/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 2 replies
    You may have seen headlines like this scary one in USA Today: “Experts say global warming is causing stronger hurricanes” What’s the science behind that? Not much, it turns out. In fact, . . .
  • 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...
  • The Good Lord or Good Luck. Who Saved the Tornado Survivors?

    04/25/2011 5:04:27 AM PDT · by grassboots.org · 9 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 4/24/2011 | David Shedlock
    Tornadoes continue to be in the news.  Two headlines screamed from the printed version of the Des Moines Register two weeks ago, after a huge swath of tornadoes devastated the town of Mapleton and surrounding area, without a soul being killed.  One gave credit to “being lucky”, the other cited “somebody” looking out for the townsfolk during the twister.  Monona County Sheriff was able to give credit to both in one sentence: "I believe in the good Lord, and he saved this town," Pratt said. "We were very lucky."  Pratt also rightly gave glory to the grace of God:  "Last...
  • Obama 'heartbroken' by Japan disasters, restates U.S. support (during "Education Month" photo op)

    03/14/2011 10:30:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/14/11 | Michael A. Memoli
    President Obama, "heartbroken" by the unfolding tragedy in Japan, reiterated Monday that the United States stood ready to support its ally in the aftermath of Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. "The United States will continue to offer any assistance we can as Japan continues to recover from multiple disasters," Obama said. His remarks came at a Virginia middle school, the latest event in what the White House has called "Education Month." The president used Monday’s event to call on Congress to reauthorize "No Child Left Behind" before the start of the next school year. "I want every child in the...
  • Out Of The Darkness Comes A Ray Of Hope - The RSQ Foundation

    03/10/2011 4:42:58 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 1 replies
    The RSQ Foundation ^ | March 10, 2011 | 2011 RSQ Foundation
    The RSQ Foundation was launched in 2010 in response to a growing global threat from natural disasters and extremists, terrorists and criminals who target vulnerable U.S. citizens in foreign countries ranging from Mexico and the Middle East to Europe and Asia. We are based in the United States, but our reach and effective sphere of operations is worldwide. Whether the increasing perils we face in this modern world are personal or public, local or regional, national or international, or if they are posed by governments, narco-terrorists or religious fanatics - indeed, whether these dangers are man-made or natural - the...
  • Preparing for emergencies.

    10/04/2010 9:08:09 AM PDT · by GregB · 16 replies
    I know these things have been covered before but for our Quinn and Rose fans when I find some helpful links.etc...I like to share them.
  • Weather shifts behind disasters need 'urgent' probe: UN

    08/18/2010 3:09:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/10 | AFP
    GENEVA (AFP) – Climate scientists must urgently look into changes in atmospheric currents linked to devastating floods in Pakistan and wildfires in Russia, UN climate and weather bodies said on Wednesday. Ghassem Asrar, director of the World Climate Research Programme, told AFP that changes, known as blocking episodes, can prevent humidity or hot weather dispersing. That intensified heavy rain or heatwaves and locked them over an area, he explained, potentially with a growing impact on extreme weather events that scientists expect to happen more frequently with global warming. Asrar said that European researchers had modelled the blocking pattern in atmospheric...
  • The sad history of politicians and plane crashes

    08/10/2010 4:50:16 PM PDT · by Smogger · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/10/13 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Sen. Ted Stevens’ death in a small plane that crashed in a remote part of Alaska adds another sad chapter to the story of politicians who have died in airplane accidents over the past several decades. Stevens had already survived another plane crash in the state 1978 while his wife, Ann, died. The frequency of their travel, trips to often remote areas and the use of small, private planes make politicians much more likely victims of plane crashes. Here are others whose fatal crashes made headlines over the past few decades: • In 1972, a plane carrying then-House Majority Leader...
  • Death toll from Russian wildfires rises to 23

    07/30/2010 12:22:10 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian
    Reuters ^ | July 30, 2010 | Lyudmila Danilova
    Russia, July 30 (Reuters) - Forest fires sweeping across central Russia have killed at least 23 people, officials said on Friday.
  • Hard Times At The Olympic Village: A Moment Of Truth

    02/28/2010 9:09:30 AM PST · by bloodmeridian · 7 replies · 709+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 2/28/2010 | sig94
    In a week during which Port au Prince is still in shambles and Chile is now in rubble and large swaths of America are buried in snow (No thanks to Al), clearly the most important issue in the world was Olympic athletes needing an emergency shipment of condoms.
  • Jesus' Return (for the Rapture of all who belong to Him) is Very Near

    02/27/2010 8:02:16 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 450 replies · 6,688+ views
    The Bible at Bible.com ^ | Today Feb whatever it is, 2010 | self
    Disasters - earthquake, Tsunami, others - happening rapidly now. Read Matthew 24. There will be earthquakes.....etc. When we see these events occurring in increasing frequency it is because these are the "birth pangs" that we have been told by Jesus Christ Himself - would happen closer together in time as do the birth pangs of a woman in labor. The closer she gets to giving birth, the worse the birth pangs become and the closer together they come.
  • Safe Kleen Energy

    02/07/2010 3:53:30 PM PST · by eRtwngr · 10 replies · 599+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 2/7/2010 | eRtwngr
    By the end of today there will have been more fatalities in clean energy power plant accidents than nuclear in the US.
  • Rising From the Ruins (Historically, Natural disasters have been engines of economic growth)

    01/17/2010 7:19:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 778+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/16/2010 | Kevin Rozario
    The earth shuddered. According to an American observer, "every Building rolled and jostled like a Ship at Sea; which put in Ruins almost every House, Church, and Publick Building, with an incredible Slaughter of the Inhabitants." Fires broke out all across the city, and the river rose 20 feet, breaking its banks and engulfing the lower elevations. It was Nov. 1, 1755, and without warning, Lisbon, capital of the Portuguese empire, became a wasteland. Earthquake, fire and flood left 15,000 people dead (reports at the time mistakenly put the number at 50,000); 17,000 of the city's 20,000 homes were destroyed....
  • Haiti-Judging, God's Judgments & Christian Love

    01/15/2010 9:44:27 PM PST · by Quix · 67 replies · 1,136+ views
    The Curious Space Between Quix's ears Plus the New Testament | JAN 15 2010 | Quix
    HAITI-JUDGING, GOD'S JUDGMENTS & CHRISTIAN LOVE And yet, we have no right to claim that we know why a disaster like the earthquake in Haiti happened at just that place and at just that moment That depends. This exhortation from Scripture should give all of us pause about glib, surface, carnal, fleshy judgments of others: Luke 19:22 (Amplified Bible) 22He said to the servant, I will judge and condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked slave! You knew [did you] that I was a stern (hard, severe) man, picking up what I did not lay down, and reaping...
  • Road Split in Homeland Security

    12/08/2009 8:22:33 AM PST · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 256+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 8, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Road Split in Homeland Security Bethany Stotts, December 8, 2009 Are Americans well-prepared to deal with megadisasters? And, if so, should disaster preparedness strategies focus on local implementation or central federal prescripts? These questions and others were raised at recent Heritage Foundation conference on “Homeland Security’s Wicked Problems.” Panelist Irwin Redlener, M.D., outlined what he saw as “four enduring barriers to having a prepared country,” which were a) “[V]ery, very little evidence of evidence-based policies;” b)“[A] phenomenal disconnect between what we need to do and what the money is available;” c) “[S]ystemic political paralysis;” and d) That “the civilian population...
  • US army seeks disaster relief drill with China_(what disaster exactly)

    08/25/2009 5:57:32 PM PDT · by Flavius · 9 replies · 581+ views
    afp ^ | 8/25/09 | AFP
    – US army chief of staff General George Casey said Monday he wished to improve ties with China's military and would draft plans for a joint disaster relief exercise.
  • Is Recession Preparing a New Breed of Survivalist? [Survival Today - an On going Thread #2]

    02/09/2009 12:36:11 AM PST · by nw_arizona_granny · 10,006 replies · 114,278+ views
    May 05th,2008
    Yahoo ran an interesting article this morning indicating a rise in the number of survivalist communities cropping up around the country. I have been wondering myself how much of the recent energy crisis is causing people to do things like stockpile food and water, grow their own vegetables, etc. Could it be that there are many people out there stockpiling and their increased buying has caused food prices to increase? It’s an interesting theory, but I believe increased food prices have more to do with rising fuel prices as cost-to-market costs have increased and grocers are simply passing those increases...
  • VIDEO: "Disaster Preparedness From Ready.gov"

    01/18/2009 10:29:23 PM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies · 736+ views
    Video and Ready.Gov ^ | Added September 10, 2008 | n/a
    VIDEO: "Disaster Preparedness From Ready.gov" VIDEO DESCRIPTION - Snippet: "Three steps on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster."
  • Quake shakes city into urging preparedness

    08/01/2008 1:33:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 188+ views
    Valley Press ^ | Friday, August 1, 2008. | JULIE DRAKE
    "Whenever we have a little earthquake or something happens, it always reminds us to remind our citizens - are you prepared?" ... Smith said the city's No. 1 priority is the safety of its citizens. He urged residents to consider "what if" scenarios in order to prepare for a disaster. ... "I'll tell you what: When you're thinking about those three things when the building starts to shake, it's too late. Because if you're not prepared before then, you won't be prepared for the catastrophe that you may be facing," he said. Metro said dealing with a catastrophic event has...
  • Safety Group Urges Airbus Fixes (Nota Bene: for Airbus A319/A320 cockpit displays that go BLANK)

    07/24/2008 4:52:35 PM PDT · by VOA · 15 replies · 1,464+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/23/08 | ANDY PASZTOR
    Safety Group Urges Airbus Fixes LOS ANGELES -- U.S. aviation safety watchdogs, concerned about severe electrical problems that have blacked out cockpit displays on dozens of Airbus jetliners over the years, urged regulators on both sides of the Atlantic to mandate aircraft fixes and enhanced pilot training to alleviate such hazards. Recommendations released by the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday cite 49 incidents over the years in which electrical problems caused various cockpit displays on widely-used Airbus A319 and A320 to suddenly stop functioning and temporarily go blank during flight. According to the board, seven of those incidents resulted in...
  • Storm hits Midwest, South; earthquake rips China; what is God telling us? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/13/2008 9:46:56 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 50 replies · 217+ views
    America Needs Fatima blog ^ | 5/12/2008 | Robert Ritchie
    At Fatima, Our Lady gave a basic message: conversion or chastisement. Conversion is not happening, and we are living in a moral crisis that is a real chastisement. But we are also experiencing a chastisement in the form of natural disasters. The disasters are also invitations to conversions. St. Alphonsus Liguori, tells us how God uses natural calamities such as floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes, to warn people to change their ways, rather than as punishments. He show proves that God uses these disasters to warn us to change our ways. Here are the facts: -- Mother's Day brought a devastating...
  • Landslide!

    03/04/2008 3:48:42 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 22 replies · 144+ views
    Slate ^ | Feb. 29, 2008 | Daniel Gross
    Why are there so many natural disasters during presidential election years? I predict with a high degree of confidence that this year, the nation will witness an unexpectedly large number of destructive acts of nature—floods of biblical proportions, out-of-control wildfires, destructive tornadoes, and bone-rattling earthquakes—that will require a prompt, compassionate, and expensive response from the federal government. No, I haven't just returned from a crash course in meteorology. Rather, I recently had lunch with Erwann Michel-Kerjan, an economist at the Wharton School who studies catastrophes. According to Michel-Kerjan, this uptick in natural disasters will likely have nothing to do with...
  • Natural disasters have quadrupled in two decades: study (Oxfam study largely blames global warming)

    11/25/2007 6:23:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 130+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/07 | af
    LONDON (AFP) - More than four times the number of natural disasters are occurring now than did two decades ago, British charity Oxfam said in a study Sunday that largely blamed global warming. "Oxfam... says that rising green house gas emissions are the major cause of weather-related disasters and must be tackled," the organisation said, adding that the world's poorest people were being hit the hardest. The world suffered about 120 natural disasters per year in the early 1980s, which compared with the current figure of about 500 per year, according to the report. "This year we have seen floods...
  • Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

    10/31/2007 8:58:47 PM PDT · by elephantlips · 2 replies · 63+ views
    10/31/2007 | elephantlips
    Pay No Attention To The Man Behind the Curtain We have all been exposed, over exposed, to the concept of “reality TV.” There seems to be no end to the variations on a theme when it comes to the embarrassing moments of Mr. and Ms. America starring in the latest version of life. Life, that is, as Hollywood sees it and as long as they can come up with something that will have some level of entertainment. With that said imagine if you will the realities that exist right in our daily lives but are hidden, not deliberately, from our...
  • The USFS Fiddles While Our Nation Burns - Tom Robinson

    07/01/2007 7:31:58 PM PDT · by JohnA · 27 replies · 1,198+ views
    Desastres.org ^ | June 30, 2007 | Tom Robinson
    Remember when Smokey the Bear was a hero to all of us? He reminded us to be careful with matches and campfires when in the forest, to prevent fires that would cost a lot of money, and often much worse, both for our furry forest friends and the humans trying to protect them. Just like the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, however, Smokey has become a dim recollection from our naive past while the mega-agency he once proudly represented has become the 900 pound gorilla, in many cases doing more harm than good. Wildland firefighting has become a major...
  • Swissair recordings revive horrifying drama of deadly 1998 tragedy

    05/21/2007 6:23:27 PM PDT · by Clive · 32 replies · 1,695+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-05-21 | Dan Beeby
    OTTAWA (CP) - After years of legal skirmishes, Canadians can finally hear the gripping soundtrack for one of the country's worst aviation disasters. The Swissair Flight 111 air traffic control tapes, kept under lock and key since the 1998 tragedy, have been released to The Canadian Press following a tortuous court battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. The hours of recordings include 12 critical minutes, starting as the aircrew reports smoke in the cockpit and ending with a last desperate transmission as the aircraft nose dives at high speed into St. Margaret's Bay, N.S.,...
  • Not if, but when the big quake's coming

    02/10/2007 2:10:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies · 466+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, February 10, 2007. | DENNIS ANDERSON
    The idea of a great quake occurring along the San Andreas Fault that runs through the Antelope Valley is not a question of if, but rather, of when. Red Cross emergency preparation expert Bob Wood related ... expect a fissure about 30 feet across and an earth slippage that rises up a dozen or so feet.The last big area quake, he said, was in 1857, and the San Andreas has been pretty steady at making a major movement around every 140-year interval through historic geologic time. Instead, he advised, make preparations for smaller-scale catastrophes. Civil unrest, for example. Or big...
  • Life and Death in Darkness

    12/18/2006 10:12:51 PM PST · by 60Gunner · 32 replies · 947+ views
    12/18/06 | 60Gunner
    Last Thursday night/Friday morning, more than a million people in my region were plunged into darkness by one of the worst windstorms in modern Washington State history. Whole cities were still, dark and lifeless. Other than the drivers around me, not a single person was seen outside. The atmosphere was made all the more strange by the moaning of the wind through the power lines that bowed, dead and useless, from their poles. Huge old-growth trees were ripped from the ground by the thousands, blocking roads, demolishing houses, and killing drivers. And of course, I had to drive to work...
  • CNN Starts Weeklong Attack on Insurance Companies

    08/28/2006 1:52:14 PM PDT · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 36 replies · 1,064+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | August 28, 2006 | Ken Shepherd
    With a tropical storm threatening Florida and the one-year anniversary of Katrina approaching, CNN’s August 28 “American Morning” kicked off a weeklong look at “Red Tape and Rubble” in the Gulf Coast. But Ali Velshi’s first report in the series was unbalanced, treating insurance companies as guilty until proven innocent of greed or fraud. “We’re going to be there when you need us,” anchor Soledad O’Brien said is the promise insurance companies extend out to policy holders, “But many Katrina victims think uh, uh, that’s not true,” she complained. O’Brien set the stage for Velshi’s unbalanced report by painting insurance...
  • 'More Disasters' In Warmer World

    08/15/2006 2:50:24 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 449+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-15-2006
    'More disasters' for warmer world A warmer world could make wildfires more frequent, research shows Rising temperatures will increase the risk of forest fires, droughts and flooding over the next two centuries, UK climate scientists have warned. Even if harmful emissions were cut now, many parts of the world would face a greater risk of natural disasters, a team from Bristol University said. The projections are based on data from more than 50 climate models looking at the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers gathered results from...
  • Too Bad Hippocrates Wasn't an Engineer

    06/11/2006 9:53:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies · 2,047+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 11, 2006 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    IN ancient Babylon, they knew from accountability. Under the Code of Hammurabi, "If a builder build a house for someone, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built fall in and kill its owner, then that builder shall be put to death." What's more, "If it kill the son of the owner, the son of that builder shall be put to death." Engineers these days don't have that worry. Mistakes may carry legal penalties and a measure of shame. The people who die are those who depend on the engineers' work. Nearly 1,600 people died in...
  • Wildlife defies Chernobyl radiation

    04/20/2006 1:13:26 AM PDT · by Paddlefish · 22 replies · 1,001+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/20/06
    It contains some of the most contaminated land in the world, yet it has become a haven for wildlife - a nature reserve in all but name. The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life. As humans were evacuated from the area 20 years ago, animals moved in. Existing populations multiplied and species not seen for decades, such as the lynx and eagle owl, began to return. There are even tantalising footprints of a bear, an animal that has not trodden in this part of Ukraine for centuries. "Animals don't seem to sense radiation and...
  • Military Has Tools to Respond to Domestic Disasters, Report Says

    02/23/2006 9:22:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 180+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 23, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2006 – The federal response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that the Defense Department is one of the only federal departments capable of playing a critical role in the nation's response to catastrophic events, a government report released today stated. In September, President Bush asked Fran Townsend, his homeland security adviser, to conduct a review about the federal response to Katrina. The result is a report titled "The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned," which outlines what was learned from the government's response to the hurricane and how to better prepare and respond to future domestic...
  • Why Port Control Matters: The Texas City Disaster

    02/16/2006 6:29:23 PM PST · by P-40 · 28 replies · 852+ views
    Texas City Fire Department ^ | 2/16/2006 | Mark Pandanell
    The Texas City Disaster was an accident but does illustrate quite well just how important it is to know who and what is sailing into our nation's ports. Of course, we all know that no one would ever use fertilizer to make an intentional explosion in this day and age... http://www.local1259iaff.org/disaster.html The morning of 16 April 1947 dawned clear and crisp, cooled by a brisk north wind. Just before 8:00 A.M., longshoremen removed the hatch covers on Hold 4 of the French Liberty ship Grandcamp as they prepared to load the remainder of a consignment of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Some...
  • Mining the Media Distortions Yields Black Gold Font

    01/11/2006 8:10:01 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 15 replies · 664+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 11 Jan 2006 | By John Merline
    Size: Here’s a headline you aren’t likely to see: “Sago mine tragedy defies improved mine safety trend under the Bush administration.” Yet, the facts support it. Mining fatalities have dropped every year President Bush has been in the White House, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Since 2001, mining deaths averaged 63 a year, which is 30% lower than during the Clinton administration. The fatality rate has dropped as well -- it was 31% lower in 2004 than it was in the last year of the Clinton administration. In fact, it was during the Clinton years that the...
  • Disasters: Searching For Lessons From A Bad Year

    01/03/2006 3:18:10 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 313+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 1-3-2006 | John Bohannon
    Disasters: Searching for Lessons From a Bad Year John Bohannon No doubt about it, the 12 months since the last Breakthrough of the Year issue have been an annus horribilis. Three major natural disasters--the 2004 "Christmas tsunami" in the Indian Ocean, Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the Pakistan earthquake--left nearly 300,000 dead and millions homeless. In Pakistan, the disaster is still unfolding as winter engulfs the devastated communities. Insurance companies classify such events as "acts of God": misfortunes for which no one is at fault. But in their aftermath, many scientists are pointing out that natural disasters...
  • Scientists: Natural Disasters Becoming More Common

    10/18/2005 4:19:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 392+ views
    LiveScience.com on yahoo ^ | 10/18/05 | Ker Than
    Earth might seem like a more active and dangerous place than ever, given the constant media reports of multiple natural disasters recently. But a broader view reveals that it's not Mother Nature who's changed, but we humans. Drawn by undeveloped land and fertile soil, people are flocking to disaster-prone regions. This creates a situation in which ordinary events like earthquakes and hurricanes become increasingly elevated to the level of natural disasters that reap heavy losses in human life and property. Meanwhile, in any given year, the death toll at the hands of Mother Nature varies greatly, as do the sorts...
  • Capitalism 'causes natural disasters'

    10/09/2005 5:19:18 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 1,218+ views
    Capitalism 'causes natural disasters' From: Agence France-Presse From correspondents in Caracas October 10, 2005 VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez has blamed global capitalism for earthquakes hitting India, Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as for mudslides that have struck Central America and Mexico. On his weekly radio and television call-in program, "Hello, Mr. President," Mr Chavez said these catastrophes were nature's answer to the "world global capitalist model". "This model is destroying the world. The world is in danger. Never has there been such disasters, hurricanes, droughts, torrential rains. Incredible! The world is dangerously off balance," he said. Earlier yesterday, US television...