Friday, November 22, 2013

AGE OF OBAMA: Precursors To The End Of "Red America," The U.S. Corporation And The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - Democrats Trigger "Nuclear" Option, Eliminating Most Filibusters On Nominees By Presidents; Most Important, Dangerous Restructuring And Raw Exercise Of Political Power In Over 200 Years!

November 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - President Obama will get a short-term lift for his nominees, judicial and otherwise, but over the immediate horizon, the strong-arm move by Senate Democrats on Thursday to limit filibusters could usher in an era of rank partisan warfare beyond even what Americans have seen in the past five years.




Ultimately, a small group of centrists — Republicans and Democrats — could find the muscle to hold the Senate at bay until bipartisan solutions can be found. But for the foreseeable future, Republicans, wounded and eager to show they have not been stripped of all power, are far more likely to unify against the Democrats who humiliated them in such dramatic fashion.

“This is the most important and most dangerous restructuring of Senate rules since Thomas Jefferson wrote them at the beginning of our country,” declared Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee. “It’s another raw exercise of political power to permit the majority to do whatever it wants whenever it wants to do it.”

The decision to press the button on the so-called nuclear option was no doubt cathartic for a Democratic majority driven to distraction by Republican obstructionism. President Obama had predicted his re-election would break the partisan fever gripping Washington, especially since the Tea Party movement swept Republicans to control of the House. It did not.

“Doing nothing was no longer an option,” said Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, one of a new breed of Democrats who have pressed to reform Senate rules.

But the fever is hardly gone. The rule change lowered to a simple 51-vote majority the threshold to clear procedural hurdles on the way to the confirmation of judges and executive nominees. But it did nothing to streamline the gantlet that presidential nominees run. Republicans may not be able to muster the votes to block Democrats on procedure, but they can force every nomination into days of debate between every procedural vote in the Senate book — of which there will be many.

And legislation, at least for now, is still very much subject to the filibuster. On Thursday afternoon, as one Republican after another went to the Senate floor to lament the end of one type of filibuster, they voted against cutting off debate on the annual defense policy bill, a measure that has passed with bipartisan support every year for decades.

“Today’s historic change to Senate rules escalates what is already a hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, which is already preventing Congress from addressing our nation’s most significant challenges,” said former Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican, and former Representative Dan Glickman, a Democrat, in a joint statement from the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke to the press on the vote to limit
filibusters on presidential nominees on Capitol Hill on Thursday in
Washington.  Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times
Republican senators who were willing to team with Democrats on legislation like an immigration overhaul, farm policy and a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will probably think twice in the future.

“We’ll have to see, but I think it was certainly unfortunate,” said Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who has often worked with Democrats.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, made clear that he hoped to exact the ultimate revenge, taking back control of the Senate and using the new rules against the Democrats who made them. “The solution to this problem is at the ballot box,” he said. “We look forward to having a great election.”

David Axelrod, a former top adviser to Mr. Obama, said retaliation by Republicans against the president’s broader agenda would end up hurting them more than Democrats. “If their answer is, ‘Oh yeah, we can make it even worse,’ I think they do that at great risk,” Mr. Axelrod said. “They have to make a decision about whether they want to be a shrinking, shrieking, blocking party, or if they are going to be a national party.”

From the moment Mr. Obama took office, the president who proclaimed that there was no red America and blue America, only the United States of America, has strained to maintain some pretense of bipartisanship — through protracted and fruitless efforts to woo Republicans on his economic stimulus plan and health care law, through dinner dates with some handpicked Republican “friends,” through the nomination of Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator, to lead the Defense Department.

In the raucous and dysfunctional House of Representatives, any bill, no matter how inflammatory, has been dubbed bipartisan so long as it attracts a handful of Democratic votes. While Senate leaders have held up for praise any legislation that has secured strong bipartisan majorities — a farm bill, an immigration overhaul, a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act — Democrats have seethed as one presidential nominee after another fell to procedural blockades and major initiatives like gun control collapsed when they could not reach the 60-vote threshold.

Then on Thursday, before a solemn, almost funereal gathering on the Senate floor, the pretense came to an end.

“It became clear even to reluctant members that their strategy of gridlock helped them more than us because we are the party that believes government has to be a force for good,” said Charles E. Schumer of New York, the third-ranking Senate Democrat.

At the White House, officials from the president down came to the same conclusion.

“Enough is enough,” Mr. Obama said after the votes in the Senate. “The American people’s business is far too important to keep falling prey day after day to Washington politics.”

If Harry Reid or future majority leaders extend the new rules to curb filibusters on legislation, a core group of moderates could emerge with new muscle. The Senate is usually narrowly divided, and it would not take a large coalition in the center to hold partisan legislation hostage.

Already, a group of former governors, led by Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, Senator Alexander and Senator Tom Carper, Democrat of Delaware, have begun banding together.

Mr. Obama expressed hope that a bipartisan spirit “will have a little more space now.” And White House officials said it was still in the interest of Senate Republicans to find a way to legislate, rather than to simply obstruct for the rest of Mr. Obama’s term.

For now, with legislative progress in the House all but doomed by Republican opposition, officials said the president could at least get a full team in place so that he can move forward with executive action, when possible, when Republicans block his agenda in Congress.

That’s what Republicans fear.

“This is nothing more than a power grab in order to try to advance the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda,” Mr. McConnell said. - NY Times.



SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: "Point 'Em Out, Knock 'Em Out" - Panicking U.S. Lawmakers Request Federal Help Against Spreading "Knockout" Game!

November 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Violent “knockout” attacks – where people randomly approach strangers on the street and punch them in the head – are spreading across the United States, and New York State lawmakers are asking the federal government for help.

Panicking Lawmakers Request Federal Help Against Spreading "Knockout" Game.


New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind has written a letter to both President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, pushing for action against those participating in “knockout games.” Typically, these attacks involve an individual, sometimes flanked by others who record the incident, who stalks or walks by a pedestrian and attempts to knock them unconscious with a fast, powerful blow to the head.  In at least two cases, people have been killed.

Outside of New York, similar incidents have been reported around the country, including Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and California. Investigations are currently under way concerning a possible link between the cases.  In New York, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco has introduced a new bill that would label future “knockout games” as gang assaults. According to WCBS New York, those convicted of the crime under the measure would face up to 25 years in prison, and would be tried as adults regardless of their age. The proposal also includes prison time for anyone convicted of recording the assault as it happens.


Reuters / Mario Anzuoni.

Meanwhile, New York City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. is pushing the Police Department to act quickly, as there have been at least seven alleged “knockout” attacks in Brooklyn since October.  “I’ve already written to [Police Chief] Ray Kelly,” Vallone Jr. said to WCBS. “I want to know what we’re going to do about it. These kids need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and we need to ensure that this doesn’t keep happening.”  The NYPD has increased the number of officers on patrol in neighborhoods where the attacks have occurred.  Victims of the assaults have ranged dramatically in age, from a 12-year-old boy to a 78-year-old woman, who was knocked to the ground by a punch to the head in broad daylight in Midwood, Brooklyn, last week.

In Jersey City, a 46-year-old man died after being punched in the head from behind, according to the Associated Press. He fell and struck his head on an iron fence. His three attackers, captured the assault on video and later arrested, were 13 and 14 years old.  In California, ABC 10 News reported that a man was struck as he was crossing the street.  "It's hard to excuse this behavior, there's no purpose to this," Jeffrey Butts, a psychologist specializing in juvenile delinquency at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said to the AP.  "The behavior of the sudden assault of someone who seems helpless has appealed to the idiotic impulsive quality of adolescence forever," he added. "But there are now bragging rights beyond your immediate circle, when this is on television and online." - RT.




Teens' Punches Turn Deadly In The United States, At Least Two Die.
File photo of US juvenile deliquents convicted of hate crimes.
AP
Police in New York, Washington and Jersey City are investigating whether recent random attacks on pedestrians are part of a violent game called "knockout," where the goal is to target unsuspecting pedestrians and knock them unconscious with one punch.  Authorities say the game has been around for years, and it's played mostly by impulsive teenage boys looking to impress their friends. At least two deaths have been linked to the game this year, and police have seen a recent spike in similar attacks.  In New York, a 78-year-old woman walking in her neighborhood was punched in the head by a stranger and fell to the ground. In Washington, a 32-year-old woman was swarmed by teenagers on bikes, and one hit her in the face. In Jersey City, a 46-year-old man died after someone punched him and he struck his head on an iron fence.

"It's hard to excuse this behavior," said Jeffrey Butts, a psychologist specializing in juvenile delinquency at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "When someone runs into a store and demands money, you can sort of understand why they're doing it, desperation, whatever. But just hitting someone for the sheer thrill of seeing if you can knock someone out is just childish."  The New York Police Department's hate crimes task force is investigating, because some attacks have been against Orthodox Jews.  While some victims have been white, and some suspected attackers black, experts said the incidents are more about preying on the seemingly helpless than race or religion.  "It's about someone who is seemingly helpless, and choosing that person to target," Butts said.  One victim in Washington, Phoebe Connolly, said she was randomly punched in the face by a teenager while riding her bike last Friday.  "I don't know what the goal was," she said. "There wasn't any attempt to take anything from me."  A recent media blitz about the game isn't helping, Connolly and experts said.

"The behavior of the sudden assault of someone who seems helpless has appealed to the idiotic impulsive quality of adolescence forever," said Butts. "But in the last 10 years, they've giving a name to this, and there are now bragging rights beyond your immediate circle, when this is on television and online."  In September in Jersey City, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old were charged as juveniles in the murder of 46-year-old Ralph Eric Santiago. He was found Sept. 10 with his neck broken and his head wedged between iron fence posts. Hudson County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Gene Rubino has said his office believes the teens were playing the game.  In May in Syracuse, a group of teenagers attempting to knock Michael Daniels out with a single punch wound up beating and stomping him to death, according to police. A 16-year-old was found guilty of manslaughter, and his 13-year-old co-defendant pleaded guilty to assault.  Both were sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

And earlier in May, Elex Murphy, now 20, was sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years in St. Louis for killing a Vietnamese immigrant as part of the game in 2011.  Paul Boxer, a psychology professor at Rutgers University who studies aggressive behavior, said the media stories may perpetuate the assaults, but most teens clearly aren't unfeeling sociopaths.  "You've got some impressionable kids, already with a propensity for violence who could be affected by this," he said. "But not because they are hoping to hurt somebody, it's more about risk taking, and new, different and exciting ways of getting into trouble."  Juvenile delinquency experts say the best punishments for these teens would be empathy training, such as volunteering at a homeless shelter. But a New York lawmaker proposed a bill this week that would make stricter sentences not only for those who do the punching, but for those who publish images online and watch the attacks.  "These twisted and cowardly thugs are preying on innocent bystanders, and they don't care if the victims are young, old, a man or woman," state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco told The Associated Press in announcing what would be one of the first bills like it in the nation. "Life isn't a video game." - NDTV.




15-Year-Old Arrested In Northeast Philadelphia "Knockout" Attack.
Police believe a man attacked outside this pizza shop in
Philadelphia was the latest victim in the “knockout” game.
CBS
Police have arrested a 15-year-old and are searching for a second suspect in connection with a “knockout” attack in Northeast Philadelphia earlier this month.  Investigators say a 15-year-old male has been arrested and they are searching for a second suspect for their roles in an attack outside a pizza shop in Fox Chase on November 11th.  The victim in the November 11th assault told Eyewitness News that he was walking out of a pizza shop when he was attacked.  “Someone asked me for a cigarette and by the time I got my hands out my pocket, I was getting hit by four kids,” Mark Cumberland explained.  Cumberland said he is still having difficulty seeing and has trouble breathing and swallowing.  “There’s no reason at all. I mean, I didn’t get robbed, they didn’t take nothing from me. They just beat me up.”

The 15-year-old has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Criminal Conspiracy and related charges. His name is not being released because he is a juvenile.  The suspects behind the “knockout” game have one goal in mind: knock out the victim with one punch. The victim is almost always chosen at random, an individual simply walking down the street.  Videos from cities around the country show people being punched and beaten at random.  Lower Merion Police say suspects Samuel Hayles and Markus January were arrested on October 29th, just moments after they allegedly ambushed and beat a 63-year-old man who was walking his dog.

 In another case in Lower Merion, an elderly man was also attacked when he was mowing his lawn outside of his home. The suspect in that attack is still on the loose.  Bruce Myer, a neighbor of the elderly victim, says, “A kid came up to him and just punching him in the mouth. He ended up lying in the street with his lawnmower.”  Myer says, “The kid did it on a dare. He said give me five dollars and I’ll knock that guy out.”  The elderly victim is now using a cane and a walker to get around. He has had to undergo multiple medical procedures. - CBS Philadelphia.





4 Men Arrested In Apparent "Knockout" Attack In Brooklyn.
Police have arrested four men in connection with an assault in Brooklyn.  The suspects allegedly hit the victim without warning, similar to recent incidents related to the so-called “knockout game” in which mobs of young people randomly sucker-punch innocent people for fun.  Around 2:45 a.m. Friday, investigators said a 24-year-old Jewish man was surrounded by four men and punched in the face on 18th Avenue in Borough Park.  The victim told investigators he heard one of the attackers say, “I’ll do it to this guy,” right before he was surrounded and punched, sources told CBS 2.  The suspects fled, but were quickly apprehended and taken into police custody, sources said.  “I commend the excellent police work that we saw this morning,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind said in a statement. “I am grateful that these four thugs are off the streets and am hopeful that they will be treated with the severity of the law. I urge continuing diligence in dealing with this issue.”  Hate crime detectives are interviewing the four suspects — three Hispanic men and one Indian male — and the victim at the 66th Precinct, sources said.  The four men face assault charges, but those may be upgraded, CBS 2′s Don Champion reported.

The suspects  range in age from 28 to 38, police said.  There have been seven so-called “knockout” or “polar bear” assaults in the Crown Heights and Midwood sections of Brooklyn since October, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Wednesday. The alternate name “polar bearing” comes from the fact that the victims are white.  Councilman David Greenfield said the attacks have targeted Jewish people with victims ranging from a 12-year-old boy to a 78-year-old woman.  “These are anti-Semitic knockout attacks and it’s not a game,” said Councilman David Greenfield, who is calling on the men arrested early Friday morning to face gang assault charges.  “The message we want to send is very clear, it’s not funny , it’s not a game,” Greenfield added. “Knockout is a serious attack, it’s not a game. If you keep doing it you will get caught and you will get sent to prison for a very long time.” 


WATCH: Investigators - 24-Year-Old Man Attacked Early Friday Morning In Borough Park.





On Thursday, a New York state legislator introduced a bill that would classify such attacks as a gang assault. Under the bill, attackers could face up to 25 years in prison and young people could also be charged as adults.  Police patrols have been stepped up in central Brooklyn in response to the incidents. The attacks are being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force.  Kelly said several victims have not reported the incidents because no robbery is involved.  “I would like to urge anyone who has been victimized by this to come forward and let us know,” said the police commissioner. “In order for us to respond, we have to have this information.” - CBS New York.



DELUGE: Two Soldiers Swept Away By Raging River In Bolivia, While Trying To Rescue SUV! [STUNNING VIDEO]

November 22, 2013 - BOLIVIA - A cadet and soldier from the Bolivian army drowned on Tuesday after being dragged by the strong water currents of the Quirpinchaca river, swollen by heavy rains that fell in the southern Bolivian city of Sucre.





The bodies of cadet Luis Estter and soldier Alan Alvarez were rescued 9.3 miles downriver from the point where they went missing, close to the town of Yotala, with the help of other troops and volunteers.

The Army has launched an investigation into the events that took place in Sucre, according to local media.

Video footage of the incident showed the owner of the vehicle, a military chief and other soldiers trying to rescue the vehicle floating in the river. The victims were then dragged away by the currents after unsuccessfully trying to drag the vehicle to a safer location.


WATCH:  Bolivian flood sweeps cadet and soldier away.




The tragic death of the soldiers comes after reports of abuse and physical violence of troops by superiors at the Police Academy in La Paz. Only this week, a female soldier died from an asthmatic attack during an intense training session, local media reported.

Heavy rain over Sucre caused landslides and flooding in several parts of the city. - CBS12.



STORM ALERT: Tropical Cyclone Helen Makes Landfall In India - Heavy Rain, High Winds Lash Andra Pradesh; Alert Activated Along Coastal Districts!

November 22, 2013 - INDIA - Tropical Cyclone Helen, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain, has made landfall across the east-central coastline of India.


This satellite image of Helen, courtesy of NOAA, was taken late Thursday, local time.

The strength of Tropical Cyclone Helen was equal to that of a tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin as it came onshore. Helen made landfall near Machilipatnam, across the Andhra Pradesh state.

Wind gusts of 95 to 130 kph (60 to 80 mph) were expected to occur in the vicinity of where Helen came onshore. Such winds are capable of causing widespread tree damage and power outages. Falling trees threaten to cause additional damage and bodily harm.

Rain amounts of around 100 mm (4 inches) with locally higher totals of 200 mm (8 inches) are expected across east-central Andhra Pradesh through Friday night, significantly heightening the concern for flash flooding.

As of Friday night, local time, 130 mm (5.12 inches) of rain had fallen in Visakhapatnam while 58 mm (2.28 inches) fell in Kakinada.


WATCH:  Cyclone Helen Nears India.




Cities in line for Helen's heaviest rain include Machilipatnam, Vijayawada and Chirala.

Helen will rapidly lose tropical storm status as it moves farther inland, causing the widespread heavy rain to taper off on Saturday. However, localized downpours could still accompany the weakened state of Helen across central India through Sunday.

As Helen dissipates, attention will turn to the Andaman Sea where another tropical cyclone will attempt to take shape this weekend. Current indications point toward this possible cyclone taking aim at eastern India around the middle of next week.

All residents of eastern India should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as more details on next week's tropical cyclone threat become clearer. - AccuWeather.



Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds lashed coastal Andhra Pradesh as cyclonic storm Helen is all set to hit the coast near Machilipatnam on Friday afternoon.

An alert has been sounded in the coastal districts, while authorities are taking precautionary measures, including evacuation of people from low-lying area, to minimize the damage from the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the severe cyclonic storm will cross the coast near Machilipatnam Friday afternoon.

The IMD's bulletin on Friday morning said Helen over west-central Bay of Bengal moved slightly westwards and lay centred about 25 km south of Narsapur and 60 km east of Machilipatnam.

Under the influence of the severe cyclonic storm, many parts of Krishna, Guntur, East Godavari, West Godavari, Visakhapatnam and other districts were receiving rain.

The strong wind have uprooted trees, communication towers and disrupted transport and electricity supply in some parts of the coastal districts. The sea conditions were rough and the sea water at some places flushed out for a few metres over land.


WATCH: Cyclone Helen nears coast, heavy rain, high wind lash Andhra Pradesh.



The high-speed wind has damaged coconut, banana and paddy crops, and dealt another blow to farmers who are still recovering from the heavy damage caused by last month's Cyclone Phailin and accompanying heavy rain.

The IMD has forecast rainfall at most places, and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25cm or more) over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Guntur, Krishna, West Godavari districts of south coastal Andhra Pradesh over next 36 hours.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over remaining districts of south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalseema and isolated heavy to very heavy rain is expected over Telangana during next 48 hours.

Gale-speed winds reaching 100-110 kmph, gusting to 120 kmph, would sweep through Prakasham, Guntur, Krishna, East and West Godavari and Vishakhapatnam districts during the next 12 hours, the weather forecast said.

The IMD has warned that storm surge of about 1 to 1.5m height would inundate the low-lying areas of West and East Godavari, Krishna, Guntur districts and adjoining areas of Prakasham district at the time of the cyclone's landfall.

Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy Friday reviewed the situation with the chief secretary and other officials in Hyderabad and directed them to take all precautionary measures, especially in Krishna and Guntur districts.

A control room to monitor the situation has been opened at the state secretariat in Hyderabad. The control room numbers are 040-23456005, 23451043.

Krishna district collector Raghunandan Rao said a holiday was declared for all educational institution in coastal areas.

He said 10 relief camps were opened for people evacuated from low-lying areas, and over 5,000 people were already shifted to them. Sixty personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were deployed for rescue and relief operations.

A control room in Krishna district collector's office was opened. Its telephone numbers are 08672-252572 08672-251077

Helen is threatening Andhra coast even as the state is yet to recover from the massive damages caused by Phailin and heavy rain in October.

Andhra Pradesh has nearly 1,000-km long coastline and the nine districts face cyclone threats every year, especially between September and November. - Times of India.



PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) - SIX TONS Of Goldfish Suddenly Die In Maninjau, Indonesia!

November 22, 2013 - INDONESIA - Allegedly due Koi Herpes Virus attacks (KHV), approximately six tons of fish types of goldfish are ready to harvest in Keramba cage (KJA) Maninjau, District of Tanjung Raya, Agam regency, died suddenly, with a loss of about Rp26 million.




Department of Marine and Fisheries (DKP) Agam KJA asked farmers to stop seeding and immediate early harvest to avoid greater losses. Because the KHV virus is very dangerous for the survival of fish farmers. Currently the price of gold fish around Rp26.000 per kilogram in the market.

DKP head Agam, Ermanto Sunday (17/11) in Lubuk cone say, number six tons is spread on Maninjau KJA's in Tanjung Raya district. Conditions of the majority of the dead fish are ready to harvest. The amount is quite large. In order for farmers to avoid greater losses it had asked the farmers to harvest.

He explained that these events took place since a few days ago. The virus is

outbreaks quickly. "We fear KHV spread to other places like that exist in the Trunk KJA Antokan. Therefore harvesting of fish is the appropriate action at this time.

According to the Koi Herpes Virus Ermanto (KHV) growing rapidly due to extreme weather that caused the lake water temperature Maninjau unstable. While the virus is highly susceptible Koi Harpes with gold fish. "Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) is very easy to attack and koi carp. Usually these viruses damage the gills and skin of fish. If this virus has spread in a place, the fish will die, and can move to other areas quickly.

Ermanto added, to cope with the virus it had made a few steps. Among others, provide a drug that can kill the virus to farmers. In addition, he also encourages farmers to reduce stocking until January 2014. Because, during the period until the weather is expected to remain highly threatened fish floating net cages. - Sindikasi. [Translated]



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Massive Fish Die-Off Is A "Mystery" In A Lake In Chizhou, China?!

November 22, 2013 - CHINA - On June 5, this version 3 was based on the theme of Shengjin FRY died mysteriously, reported that Li Qi Feng dongzhi County town of zhangxi of Shengjin fishermen 480 acres in the Lake fish died mysteriously overnight.


Without this incident, Li Qi Feng immediately listed to this fish.

This has in the past year, but the reporter has again received a call from Li Qi feng, he once again fish all dead overnight. Is different from the last time is that this fish died mysteriously than Li Qi feng, contracted area of 1200 hectares of fish farmers is not immune. Thousand acre lake fish cemetery

The afternoon of November 13, reporter rushed to the recent dead fish incident occurred – Li Qi Feng 480 acres Lake. Lake of his home on the morning of October 28, when large areas of dead fish, and all dead in a very short period of time, in order to preserve the evidence until the reporters he was still cleaning up the Lake.

Not to the Lake, a carrion wind, disgusting. As the smell grew thicker and scene alarmed journalists demonstrated in front of reporters: all roads lead to turning the dead fish covered with a strip of white belly, and black flies swarm in early winter season a rare mass here, some bodies have begun rotting of dead fish.

Li Qi Feng casually picked up a dead fish told reporters: "the last thing all over again, exactly like dead fish signs this year and last year. But are small fish died last year, this year is dead fish, I love dearly. "The reporter notes that Li Qi Feng casually picked up the fish about six or seven pounds or so.

Earlier than the fishermen Hu Jinhua Li Qi, Feng begins to dead fish is a truly big fish, he contracted in Shengjin Lake fish in the first year, size of 1200 acres. But fish's first year will encounter something like this make it difficult for him to stand.

"I'm domesticated common carp, crucian carp died in October 24 began in the morning, followed by Mandarin fish are starting to film death one morning time, 1200 acre lake fish all dead. "Hu Jinhua told reporters that the fish died when a large area of his house, covered the entire Lake of shining white," fisheries are nothing but a cemetery of the fish. ”

Hu Jinhua fish for the first time this year, has invested more than 800,000 yuan, aquaculture of Mandarin fish siniperca chuatsi, did not expect this to be lost down the drain. "Plus fries costs, losing more than 1.5 million Yuan, ruined. "41 Hu Jinhua said at this time could not help but chuckle. Bails out highly toxic pesticides at the Lake from the bottle

"This is not the first time this year. "Lee and two Hu repeated the phrase get pressed by reporters. It turns out that as early as on September 13 of this year, Li Guocheng village fishermen fisheries similar incidents have also occurred in the home. Date night, this reporter went to Li Guocheng.


Seeing dead fish, fishermen cry.

Li Guocheng told reporters that after fish large areas were found dead the morning of September 13, he immediately called the police. Local police station from his house at the lake water to salvage a strange canned bottle. "Is a canned glass bottle containing stones, still a creamy white liquid in the bottle, much like pesticides. "Li Guocheng said Police later remove glass testing.

"I suspected was poisoning my family's farm, who will canned bottle put a stone in my Lake? "Li Guocheng also infer that Kei Fung Lee and the fishery is also Hu Jinhua family had been poisoned. "Fish are pesticides poison will have a slimy layer on the surface of the body after death, our fish are similar to symptoms.”

Said Li Guocheng, chizhou City police forensic Center staff has been disclosed to him on the phone, checking out the liquid in the bottle contain "Thiodan" elements, "this stuff in the Lake, all living creatures must be dead.”

It is understood that endosulfan is mainly used as agricultural insecticides and pesticides is a highly controversial, due to its highly toxic, bioaccumulative and endocrine disruptors, have been banned in more than 50 countries.

Aquatic specialists: possibility of being poisoned

Li Qi feng was eventually removed by police after a report last year, this year, what about the police investigation? The morning of November 14, reporter went to the Public Security Bureau of dongzhi County. The members of the Bureau, public order Brigade Captain Chen Heping, introduced the situation.

Chen Heping said Li Guocheng sends endosulfan detected in the liquid ingredients, which is why police have incorporated Li Guocheng dead fish incident. But due to Kei Fung Lee and Hu Jinhua testing of two items have no results, so not yet incorporated. "We have to deliver the goods to a Shanghai authoritative accreditation body evaluation, the results will come out soon.”

In an interview with reporters, Mr. peace Chen has repeatedly said that police evidence, absence of evidence is not easily conclude, hope that the fishermen could cooperate with the police investigation and evidence collection. "But it was poisoned to death, we are temporarily unable to open, but we begin to see, where public sentiment is more complex.”

The massive death of fish in Lake, dongzhi County Deputy Secretary for fisheries, aquaculture expert Cheng Wenming has its own point of view.

"Lead to fish large areas, within a short time all of a sudden death fall broadly into three categories, one being fish, infectious disease, one is the water pollution, and another is an artificial poison. "Cheng Wenming said, fall and winter seasons, fish, rare fish disease, coupled with Shengjin Lake State nature reserve, four-week factory, pollution cannot exist, therefore," is likely to be poisoned. " Ecological protection of Shengjin troubling

According to some local fishermen such as Li Qi feng, Shengjin mariculturists encountered in similar incidents since 2004 has started. "Fish annually are haunted, but gesanchawu's fish are "noise". "Li Qifeng told reporters, with interests disputes between fishermen in recent years constant exposure, similar events have begun to frequent.

At present, Li Qi feng and Hu Jinhua are still running around, collecting relevant evidence. Because there is no special insurance of fish, their loss is also likely to be before the police did not find out alone. Therefore, they worry that it will indefinitely delay.

Another what they worry about is Shengjin Lake natural eco-environment of dead fish incident will not be undermined. "Autumn, migratory birds a lot moved south of Shengjin Lake wetland, we are between the dead fish and pesticides, have an impact on ecology. "Li Qifeng says he's found a few dead wild birds this year.

It is understood that the Shengjin Lake mild climate, water pollution-free, surrounded by lush natural vegetation, is the ideal of rare migratory bird wintering habitats, in 1997 as a State-level nature reserves, main protected objects, such as hooded cranes wintering rare bird and wetland ecosystems.

"We haven't received a filing and notification of the police, I hope the police can establish the truth at an early date, let us fishermen can fish in peace, Shengjin Lake Migratory Bird wintering safely. "Contact reporter once again yesterday when Li Qi feng, he said.

The end result of this event, this newspaper will continue to pay attention to. - Shuichan. [Translated]



SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: "Some Of Our [Standard European Science] Theories Are Just Going Down The Drain" - Many Scientists Are Now Puzzled By Massive Gamma-Ray Burst In Space, Which Suggests A "Common Central Engine"?!

November 22, 2013 - SPACE - An exploded star some 3.8 billion light-years away is forcing scientists to overhaul much of what they thought they knew about gamma-ray bursts – intense blasts of radiation triggered, in this case, by a star tens of times more massive than the sun that exhausted its nuclear fuel, exploded, then collapsed to form a black hole.


This image shows an artist's rendering on how a gamma-ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing
and creating a black hole, beaming out focused light and radiation bursts. Astronomers in April 2013
saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma-ray burst.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/AP


Last April, gamma rays from the blast struck detectors in gamma-ray observatories orbiting Earth, triggering a frenzy of space- and ground-based observations. Many of them fly in the face of explanations researchers have developed during the past 30 years for the processes driving the evolution of a burst from flash to fade out, according to four research papers appearing Friday in the journal Science.

“Some of our theories are just going down the drain,” said Charles Dermer, an astrophysicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and a member of one of the teams reporting on their observations of the burst, known as GRB 130427A.

The event, dubbed a long-duration gamma-ray burst (GRB), is typically seen in the distant, early universe, Dr. Dermer said during a briefing Thursday. This one was much closer. And while typical long-duration bursts last from a few seconds to a few minutes, GRB 130427A put on its display for 20 hours.

The event's duration, relatively close proximity, and the range of observatories in space and on the ground that could monitor it at a range of wavelengths has provided scientists with an unprecedented opportunity to explore the workings of one of the more extreme ends a star can inflict on itself.

The encouraging news: Traits seen in the gamma-ray emissions from initial burst through the afterglow compare favorably to the traits seen in the behavior of gamma rays in more-distant, long-duration bursts.

“This suggests that GRBs in the contemporary universe and in the early, distant universe share a common central engine,” Dermer said.

In October, a team led by Dong Xu, an astrophysicist at the University of Copehagen, found evidence for a stellar explosion, or supernova, at GRB 130427A's location. The evidence pointed to a type of supernova that involves a star with at least 20 to 30 times the sun's mass.

Such stars are so large than when they finally collapse, they form black holes. In the process of collapsing, the black hole sends jets of electrons and ionized gas spiraling out along along magnetic fields forming near the black hole's poles.

These jets punch their way through the turbulent, expanding layers of material the star shed in the explosion and its prelude. And they collide with the interstellar medium – the dust and gas between stars. Collisions inside and outside the expanding layer can generate gamma rays, which tend to be focused in the direction the jets point. This makes the object an extremely bright gamma-ray beacon, if briefly, when the viewing angle is just right.

Indeed, GRB 130427A “topped the charts” in the amount of gamma-ray photons it released, the energy levels some of those photons achieved, total explosion energy, and its gamma-ray brilliance, added Paul Hertz, who heads NASA's astrophysics division in Washington. At visible wavelengths, the burst was the second brightest GRB researchers have seen.

That made possible the detailed measurements that have left researchers scratching their chins.

For instance, ordinarily, one might expect the gamma-ray photons with the highest energy to appear immediately following the star's explosion, researchers say. But with GRB 130427A, some of the highest energy photons, including the new record-holder, appeared hours after the blast.

“This is hard to explain with our current models,” Dermer said.

In addition, gamma rays and emissions at visible wavelengths brightened and dimmed in tandem, quite unexpected because theory suggested they come from different regions of the expanding shells of material and thus should have peaked and dimmed at different times.

Finally, theorists had posited different mechanisms for generating gamma rays and X-rays that are part of the light show a long-duration gamma-ray burst puts on. The result should have been a fadeout for the two forms of light punctuated by periods where emissions were interrupted. Instead, the two dimmed smoothly.

The theoretical edifice GRB 130427A is eroding has been 46 years in the making.

Scientists stumbled across the first gamma-ray burst in 1967, when a US satellite designed to detect nuclear-weapons tests in space picked up a burst's emissions. As follow-on versions of the satellite with better sensors were lofted, scientists detected more. By 1973, the data were declassified and published, opening a window on the mysterious phenomenon.

It took another 18 years to determine that the bursts they were seeing occurred far outside the Milky Way, where researchers originally thought the bursts were taking place. - CS Monitor.



FIRE IN THE SKY: Most "Unprecedented" Side-By-Side Twin Comets With Tails Flowing Behind Them In The Solar Wind - NASA's Solar Fleet Picks Up Comet ISON And Encke As They Plunge Toward The Sun!

November 22, 2013 - SPACE - Because NASA's twin STEREO probes are designed to observe the sun, they can see sundiving comets even when the glare becomes intense.


Location of Comet ISON as viewed from space on November 22, 2013
Image:  Solar System Scope

Location of Comet ISON as viewed from Earth on November 22, 2013
Image:  Solar System Scope

Yesterday, Comet ISON joined Earth, Mercury, and Comet Encke in the field of view of STEREO-A's Heliospheric Imager.


STEREO Ahead HI1 shows Comet ISON entering the field of view.
Image: NASA/STEREO



"The dark 'clouds' of stuff you see coming from the right are density enhancements in the solar wind, and these are what are causing all the ripples you see in comet Encke's tail," explains Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign. "I can pretty much promise you that we're going to see ISON's tail doing that in a couple of day's time, but on a much larger scale!"

Battams points out another exciting development: Comet Encke and Comet ISON are converging for a photogenic close encounter. "No they're not going to hit each other - in reality they are millions of miles apart - but as seen from the STEREO-A spacecraft, they are going to get very close!" he says. "We are probably a couple of days away from seeing two comets almost side-by-side in that camera, with long tails flowing behind them in the solar wind. To say that such an image will be unprecedented is rather an understatement."


ISON, THE DAWN COMET: Comet ISON is plunging toward the sun and brightening as it heads for a perilous close encounter on Nov. 28th. Yesterday morning, with the "final countdown" clock at T-7 days, Juan Carlos Casado photographed the sundiver over the Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands:





"The comet is over the distant island of Gran Canaria," he says, "while in the central cloud we can see the planet Mercury. ISON was at the limit of naked-eye visibility, but it was an easy target for my SLR camera with a small telephoto lens (85 mm focal length) on a static tripod and 6 seconds of exposure."

Because Comet ISON is moving into the rosy glow of dawn, it will soon be impossible for cameras on Earth to track it. Fortunately, NASA's fleet of solar spacecraft are able to follow the comet into the glare. NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft has already picked up Comet ISON. In the days ahead, STEREO-B, SOHO and the Solar Dynamics Observatory will join the hunt, providing continuous views all the way to perihelion (closest approach to the sun) on Nov. 28th.


WHY IS COMET ISON GREEN? Taken by hundreds of people around the world, the pictures of Comet ISON we receive every day vary widely in quality, context and camera settings. However, they all seem to have one thing in common: the comet looks green. Why? To answer this question, Italian amateur atronomers Paolo Corelli and Dario Comino used a high-dispersion spectrometer to analyze light from the comet's atmosphere. Here are there results:



The spectrum of Comet ISON is dominated by a green spectral line from diatomic carbon (C2). This substance is common in the atmospheres of comets, and it glows green when illuminated by sunlight in the near-vacuum of space. The spectrum also shows a weaker but still significant blue emission line from C2. Comet ISON's mixture of green and blue light gives it the aqua hue seen in many long-exposure photographs. Finally, the spectrum reveals a contribution from atomic oxygen. This element is familiar to readers of spaceweather.com as a source of green light in auroras.

- Space Weather.



MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Global Volcanism - Seven Volcanoes In Six Different Countries All Start Erupting Within Hours Of Each Other!

November 22, 2013 - EARTH - A new island has appeared in the Pacific. A submarine eruption just off Nishino-Shima Island Japan has erupted for the first time in 40 years. The Japanese Navy noticed the explosions as boiling lava met sea water giving rise to plumes of steam and ash.



Mount Etna, which is the largest and most active volcano in Europe.

Almost 7,000 miles away in Mexico, the Colima volcano blew its top after a period of relative calm. A steam and ash cloud rose two miles into the sky and the grumbling of the mountain could be heard in towns a few miles away.

In Guatemala the ‘Fire Mountain’ belched out lava and sent up a moderate ash cloud causing an ash fall over nearby towns. The explosions and shock waves occurring in the volcano can be felt by residents over 6 miles away. Doors and windows are reported to be rattling, but there has been no damage so far.

In Vanuatu the Yasur volcano is giving some cause for concern. Although the explosions are quite weak the continuous ash that is coming from the mountain is starting to build up on farming land.

Over to Italy, Mount Etna is putting on quite a display. The current eruption started a few days ago and has been getting stronger as time moves on. A massive eruption lit up the sky and disturbed residents yesterday. The ash cloud was high enough to see flights canceled. The lava flow was the biggest in years, and the town of Zafferana which lay in its path saw some damage. Lava diverters were put into place, and most of the town escaped unscathed.


WATCH: Mount Etna erupts violently.




In Indonesia a four mile high ash cloud is making life hard for residents. Mount Sinabung came back to life in 2010 after dormancy of hundreds of years. Occasionally coming to life after its 2010 awakening, the rumbling of the volcano prompted the evacuation of over 6000 people as scientists feared a major eruption. There has been no lava flows so far but the ash cloud is growing.


Mount Sinabung ash cloud.

Still in Indonesia but on the island of Java this time, Mount Merapi exploded yesterday. Hundreds of people were killed when it last erupted in 2010. There is no news of casualties at this point.

So, we have eruptions big enough to prompt evacuations. Flights are canceled, and a new island pops up off the coast of Japan. I would have called that newsworthy myself but obviously I’m wrong. If I was right it would have been common knowledge right? Reports may have been on the news right?

So many volcanoes throwing so much gas, ash and particulates into the air can have an effect on climate, this is a scientific fact. I’m not saying that these volcanoes herald the start of a new ice age but the planet certainly seems to be getting a bit more active of late.

Continued large eruptions put a huge amount of particulate matter into the atmosphere, and these particles reflect sunlight away from earth and when there is enough of them the temperatures can drop.

The Mount Pinatubo eruption lowered temperatures by around 0.5°C across the Northern Hemisphere.

Considering that we are in a cooling period anyway, having so many volcanoes going off at the same time is not good. Aside from the devastating effects the lava and ash can have on the lives of those living near to them, the global impacts can be enormous.

Lost crops due to ash fall and lower temperatures can lead to hunger and famine, as happened after the Tambora eruption in 1815.

Economic losses due to lost crops and canceled flights runs into millions of dollars a day, as with the Icelandic eruption of Eyjafjallojkull (pronounced: aya fiat la u cud la) in 2010.

The spasms of the earth come without warning, but at the same time those spasms should be a wake up call to all of us that change can happen in the blink of an eye.

Better be prepared for it. - Activist Post.



EXTREME WEATHER: Arctic Air Continue To Blast The U.S. - Snow, Ice Threaten Travel From Minneapolis To Oklahoma City And Eastern US Thanksgiving Week Storm To Cause Travel Trouble!

November 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - As Arctic air pushes southward across the Great Plains through Friday, a swath of snow and ice will do the same and continue to create slippery travel from Minnesota and Iowa to parts of Texas and Oklahoma.


Snow, Ice Threaten Travel From Minneapolis To Oklahoma City.


According to FlightStats.com, more than 500 arriving and departing flights have been delayed and more than 30 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport Thursday, many due to snow-related issues.

Roads and highways, including I-25, were slick and dangerous due to the snow around the Denver area early Tuesday.

The arrival of the Arctic air will erase temperatures in the 60s and 70s and replace them with temperatures in the 20s and 30s in a matter of hours across much of the Plains.

Many major highways will be adversely affected by the snow and ice, including I-20, I-25, I-35, I-40, I-70 and I-80.

The greatest amount of snow will fall from the mountains of Colorado and northern New Mexico, where 6 to 12 inches of snow are forecast.




In most areas, a heavy amount of snow and ice is not expected. However, even a small amount of snow and ice can create dangerous travel conditions, when combined with plunging temperatures.

For example around Denver, while only a few inches of snow are forecast, temperatures have dropped quickly during the snow, reaching the teens. As a result, any untreated surfaces made wet by the snow initially froze.




Other cities in line for snow include Omaha, Neb.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Dodge City, Kan.; Thursday into Thursday night. Around Albuquerque, N.M., most of the snow will fall on Friday, but it could begin sooner in the heights.

A wintry mix of a bit of snow, sleet and freezing rain are in the offing Thursday night into Friday for Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; Wichita, Kan., and Amarillo, Texas.




Areas as far south and east as Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Abilene, Texas; and Roswell, N.M.; could get a dangerous thin glaze of ice Friday.

Plain rain and drizzle will fall farther south and east from San Antonio, Texas, to Little Rock, Ark., and St. Louis. However, thunderstorms in parts of South and coastal Texas can be locally heavy. Where downpours persist there can be isolated incidents of flash flooding.




Eastern US Thanksgiving Week Storm To Cause Travel Trouble.


Early indications are that the weather will cooperate for most holiday travelers over the Plains and West during the week of Thanksgiving, but there could be some problems in the South and East.

According to AAA, 43.4 million people are predicted to travel 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving. Ninety percent of the projected Thanksgiving travelers will drive, with most motorists paying the cheapest gas prices for the holiday since 2010.

By next week, the painful blast of wind-driven Arctic air invading the Plains this week and East this weekend will fade in most areas while a storm sinking southward in the West will move away.

Cold air, bands of lake-effect snow and flurries will linger over the Upper Midwest much of next week.

However, the same storm affecting the West this week is forecast to slide slowly eastward during the week of Thanksgiving.

For those hitting the roads or airways early next week, areas of rain and mountain snow will end over the Four Corners region, but rain will take a path toward the Gulf Coast. Drenching rain and thunderstorms will crawl eastward through the Deep South Monday into Tuesday.

In the wake of the Southwest storm, most areas in the Plains and West are likely to be free of rain and snow for the big travel day Wednesday. The only exception may be part of the immediate Pacific coast, where a bit of rain may arrive later in the day or at night.

The speed at which this storm moves along and how sharp of a left turn the storm takes later next week is uncertain.

For most areas along the East coast and South, it will be a question of rain or not on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Rain, poor visibility and low ceilings alone on Wednesday can lead to its share of major delays.

However, just enough chilly air may be in place beginning around the central Appalachians northward to New England for snow and ice, depending on the track, strength and timing of that Gulf Coast storm, which is likely to become an Atlantic coast storm.

According to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, "Given the position of the southern storm and that fresh cold air is likely to hold back, the odds do not favor a snowstorm for the I-95 mid-Atlantic in this case, but rather a chilly rain coming up from the south and brushing the East Coast."

The pattern remains progressive enough that a small difference in the storm's track could mean the difference between rain, snow or a dry forecast for many communities.




Early indications are the storm would swing northeastward across the southern Appalachians then the I-95 corridors in the mid-Atlantic later Tuesday, Wednesday into Wednesday night.

At this stage, it appears there is the potential for flight delays from heavy rain and thunderstorms in New Orleans Monday night. During Tuesday, flight delays are possible in Atlanta, Charlotte and other airports in the Southeast due to rain, storms, fog and low cloud ceilings.

There is a chance of rain-related flight delays spreading northeastward Tuesday night toward Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, unless the storm were turn more to the east and out to sea.

Rain on vehicle-clogged highways is better than snow but can still lead to poor braking and low visibility in blowing spray. Drenching rain increases the stopping distance in emergency situations and elevates the risk of multiple vehicle accidents. Driving at high speed increases the risk of your vehicle hydroplaning, even with new tires.

"The only way this storm would bring a great deal of snow to the mid-Atlantic and New England is if the storm were delayed until over the Thanksgiving weekend, giving another batch of cold air a chance to settle in," Rayno said.

AccuWeather.com will continue to update the situation as more information comes in about the storm in the South and East next week.

- AccuWeather.



INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Very Massive Pipeline Explosion In Qingdao, China - Death Toll Surges To 35! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

November 22, 2013 - CHINA - The death toll from a massive explosion that shook the northern Chinese port city of Qingdao has risen to 35, reported state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on Friday afternoon, making it one of the most deadly industrial accidents this year.

CCTV online updates reported that as of 5.40pm on Friday, at least 166 people were injured and in hospital. The powerful explosion occurred near the southern gate of the Lidong Chemical Plant in the city's Huangdao district in the morning. Xinhua said it was still verifying other casualty counts.

Scene at the site the explosion. Screenshot via Sina Weibo

Scene at the site the explosion. Screenshot via Sina Weibo.

Scene at the site the explosion. Screenshot via Sina Weibo.

An underground oil pipeline ruptured at around 3am, causing an oil spill, the Qingdao municipal government said. The emergency repair work that followed led to a fire and caused the explosion, it said. Two separate fires were extinguished by 1pm.


WATCH: Qingdao pipeline leak explosion.



The ruptured pipeline was part of a 176-km underground pipeline project that pumps crude oil from Qingdao to Weifang, also in Shandong Province. Xinhua says the pipeline was operated by oil giant Sinopec.

Crude oil leaked by the pipeline spilled into the harbour basin near Jiaozhou Bay at 3am in the night to Friday, according to a preliminary report by the Qingdao Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. The operating company stopped the oil flow in the broken pipeline around 3.15am and attempted to contain the contamination of several hundred square meters large area of polluted water. Contamination at sea extended over three square kilometres, the report said.



Scene at the site the explosion. Screenshot via Sina Weibo

Explosion reportedly seen from a passing airplane. Screenshot via Sina Weibo

Scene at the site the explosion. Screenshot via Sina Weibo

Scene at the site the explosion. Screenshot via Sina Weibo


Oil that entered local rain drainage pipes exploded at 10.30am, the report said.

Pictures published by local media and witnesses on the social media platform Weibo show corpses, damaged streets and overturned vehicles. One picture, purportedly published by an passenger on board an airplane which was flying over Qingdao after the explosion showed black smoke rising through the sky. - SCMP.


PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: First Wild Polio Cases Confirmed In Cameroon Since 2009 - Virus Strain Linked To Cases Detected In Chad In 2011!

November 22, 2013 - CAMEROON - The World Health Organization confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 in Cameroon on Thursday, marking the first human cases there since 2009.




The virus was isolated from two patients in the country’s western region who had developed paralysis in October; genetic sequencing indicated the cases are linked to the strain detected in neighboring Chad in 2011. The W.H.O. said an emergency plan to tackle the outbreak, including at least three national immunization days, was being finalized and that a response would also be implemented for Chad and the war-torn Central African Republic.

Earlier this year, Cameroon reported four cases where people in the Far North region had developed paralysis due to circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, linked to Chad and detected in Nigeria and Niger.

Cameroon is considered at high risk for reinfection due to its long shared border with Nigeria, one of three countries where the virus remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Pakistan. On Nov. 19, UNICEF announced that Afghanistan’s southern region hadn’t reported a new case of polio in a full year, but that efforts would be focused on the eastern region along the tense border with Pakistan. Of 334 worldwide cases reported so far in 2013, only nine have been in eastern Afghanistan; that figure is one-third of last year’s total.

The virus’ reemergence in Cameroon comes weeks after W.H.O. officials confirmed the debilitating disease had returned to Syria, which had been declared polio-free in 1999.

That strain, confirmed to have originated in Pakistan, has crippled at least a dozen children from 22 suspected cases in Deir al-Zor province. Global public health officials are concerned that Syria’s civil war, especially with the entry of foreign fighters and mass movement of refugees around the region, is pushing the disease further away from eradication. - Time.



THE EUROPEAN CRISIS: Precursors To The Total Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - The "Mission Is Over," Europe In Shock As Ukraine KILLS Integration Plan, Aligns Itself Closer To Russia!

November 22, 2013 - UKRAINE - The EU is utterly disappointed by Ukraine’s decision to align itself closer to Russia and halt its preparations for signing a European trade and political agreement, effectively killing the country’s chances to eventually join the bloc.

“This is a disappointment not just for the EU but, we believe, for the people of Ukraine,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement, claiming that “the most ambitious” pact ever offered to a partner by the EU would have helped the country’s economy.


Special EU envoys Aleksander Kwasniewski (L) and Pat Cox react after voting in the parliament
in Kiev on November 21, 2013. (AFP Photo /Sergei Supinsky)

The decree signed by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's government on Thursday orders the “halt of the process of preparing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.”

The decision was taken to “ensure the national security of Ukraine” and “restore lost trade volumes with the Russian Federation” after considering the effects on trade relations with Moscow, legislators said.

The announcement follows the Ukraine parliament's earlier refusal to pass a bill that would see jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko allowed to travel abroad for treatment  - a key EU deal condition for the summit that was scheduled in Vilnius, Lithuania, next week.

The EU envoy at the negotiations, Polish politician Aleksander Kwasniewski confirmed that the deal would not go ahead saying the “mission is over… The accord will not be signed in Vilnius.”


WATCH:  Lucky Escape - Ukraine jumps from 'sinking ship' as EU deal suspended.




Many European politicians as well as Ukraine’s own opposition have already slammed Kiev’s decision.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt critcized Ukraine's decision, saying the “Ukraine government suddenly bows deeply to the Kremlin” due to the Russian “politics of brutal pressure.”

A “deep disappointment at the unilateral decision” was also voiced in a statement by EU envoys Aleksander Kwasniewski and Pat Cox, who highlighted what they call a “dramatically increased pressure from Russia in recent weeks.”

British Foreign Secretary William Hague in the meantime called the decision a “missed opportunity.”

Not all European countries however have adopted such a critical approach. It was Ukraine's “sovereign right to make a decision which path she wants to follow,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

Call to impeach

Arseniy Yatsenyuk Ukrainian opposition leader and a former Minister of Economy called for President Viktor Yanukovych to step down.

"If Yanukovych is refusing to sign the agreement, then it is not only state treason but also grounds for the impeachment of the president and the dismissal of the government," he said in parliament.


Protesters hold Ukrainian and European Union flags during a rally to support euro integration
in central Kiev November 21, 2013.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

People have begun flocking to Kiev’s main Square and home of 2004 Orange revolution. More than 1500 protesters with banners gathered in the Maidan Square to voice their opposition to the government’s decision, local media reports. A number of MPs have also joined the protests, more are planned for this Sunday.

Police have cordoned off the presidential administration building as more security vans arrive at the scene.

EU integration roadblock

After the cabinet's decision, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele canceled his Friday trip to Kiev. President Yanukovych, however said that despite “difficulties” his country would continue towards European integration.

Russia welcomed Ukraine's decision to actively develop ties with Moscow, while President Putin said he wasn't completely against Ukraine's association with EU. But trilateral trade talks should take place before Ukraine signs an agreement with the EU.

“We favor this, but only before decisions are made,” Putin said.“How can we hold negotiations on issues that have already been agreed upon and endorsed?”

EU’s ‘ridiculous’ plan to help Ukraine

The European Union has actually done nothing to convince Ukrainian leaders that association with the EU would actually solve its economic crisis, Polish MEP Pawel Zalewski stated earlier this week.

As compared to hundreds of billions of euros channeled into Greek, Spanish and Portuguese economies, he said, one billion offered to Ukraine was inadequate and "ridiculous."

"It's a ridiculous amount compared to the resources allocated to rescue Southern Europe from bankruptcy," Zalewski said as cited by PR Newswire.


Reuters / Gleb Garanich

In the meantime Russia has the “means and willingness” to offer Ukraine what the EU lacks, which is money, Eric Kraus, Managing Director of Anyatta Capital told RT, adding that Ukraine is a “vital part” of the European Russian speaking space.

“The European Union offers a lot of words,” Kraus said, implying that nothing tangible would have come out of the deal. “What they don’t offer is what Ukraine needs – and that’s money.”

“Ukraine is not vital to the EU,” Kraus explained. “It is a part of a geopolitical chess game and they’d like to take that piece. They are not going to spend a lot of money for it. They can’t, they’ve got Portugal, they’ve got Greece. Pretty soon they’ve got France.”

The financial analyst also explained the economic problems that Ukraine is facing.

“The problem is that Ukraine is in dire economic strains. Ukraine is 2-6 months from default. They cannot raise money in markets. They are running a deficit. They are having a lot of trouble keeping the currency stable.” - RT.




PLANETARY TREMORS: 3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Athens County, Ohio - Highest-Magnitude Tremor In The Area Since 1886!

November 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Athens County shook Wednesday afternoon in a way it hasn’t since the 19th century.

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake, strong enough to be felt, with an epicenter slightly east of Nelsonville, was recorded at 1:01 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


USGS earthquake location.

The earthquake was the strongest to hit Athens since a quake of similar magnitude rocked the county in 1886, scientists said.

There were no reports of damage, though both ODNR and the Athens County Emergency Management Agency received dozens of calls about the quake.

"(Southeast Ohio) is not really a seismically active area," said Tim Leftwich, a seismologist at ODNR. "It's not noted to be an earthquake prone area of the state."

Calls from as far as Charleston, W.Va. were reporting shaking, Leftwich said.

Though the county is hundreds of miles from the nearest tectonic plate boundary — in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean — a small fault line runs through the northern part of Athens County, said Doug Green, a geophysicist at Ohio University who studies earthquakes.


USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.


“It’s consistent, the location of the earthquake (and) the approximate depth are consistent with a structural weak point in the Earth’s crust,” Green said.

The U.S. Geological Survey placed the quake’s depth at 7.9 km — too deep to be triggered by a fracking injection well, said Green, who is currently studying drilling’s effects on seismic activity.

An earthquake of magnitude 2.5 to 3 is the smallest earthquake generally felt by people, according to the Associated Press Stylebook, which also states a Magnitude 4 quake can cause moderate damage.

A helicorder sits in the Clippinger Laboratories to measure earthquakes as part of the Ohio Seismic network stations.

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake is the highest people in Ohio are likely to see, Green said. - The Post.


Tectonic Summary - Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region
Image: The Post.

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York - Philadelphia - Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake. The earthquakes that do occur can strike anywhere at irregular intervals.

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).

Faults

Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. Most of the region's bedrock was formed as several generations of mountains rose and were eroded down again over the last billion or so years.

At well-studied plate boundaries like the San Andreas fault system in California, often scientists can determine the specific fault that is responsible for an earthquake. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case. All parts of this vast region are far from the nearest plate boundaries, which, for the U.S., are to the east in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, to the south in the Caribbean Sea, and to the west in California and offshore from Washington and Oregon. The region is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even most of the known faults are poorly located at earthquake depths. Accordingly, few earthquakes east of the Rockies can be linked to named faults. It is difficult to determine if a known fault is still active and could slip and cause an earthquake. In most areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards is the earthquakes themselves. - USGS.