Thursday, February 24, 2011

News for February 24, 2011, Solar Flare, Earthquakes, DARPA, Middle East, Africa, Dead Animals...

Today, February 24, 2011...

Solar Activity:
EASTERN BLAST: The quiet didn't last long. Earth-orbiting satellites detected an M3-class solar flare at 0735 UT on Feb. 24th. The source was an active region located just behind the sun's eastern limb. The eruption also produced strong radio emissions, a coronal mass ejection...

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Ark. cities feel unexplained surge in earthquakes

"LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Jim Sutterfield was briefly puzzled by a thumping sound that seemed to slam the back of his office chair. But when the small-town Arkansas fire chief turned and saw no one was around, he quickly realized it was just an earthquake — again.
"That was only my second time to feel one, but others here have felt them for three or four months now," Greenbrier chief Jim Sutterfield said after feeling the latest tremor on Wednesday. "Now when it happens, people say, 'Well, there's another one.'"
Several small earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 1.8 to 3.8 have rattled the north-central Arkansas cities of Greenbrier and Guy this week, and the cause is unknown."

Check out the swarm of earthquakes located in Arkansas.  This is not normally a hot spot location for quaking...
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Hopes fade for NZ quake missing

New Zealand PM John Key: "200 are feared potentially dead"

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Hopes are fading of finding survivors beneath collapsed buildings in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
Ninety-eight bodies have now been recovered and taken to a temporary mortuary. Prime Minister John Key said that number could rise substantially.
Police have said 226 people are missing - up to 120 of them at one site alone.
But they have also insisted it remains a rescue operation and that specialists are still hunting for signs of life.


Darpa’s New Recruits: You, Your Grandpa and Your Dog

"Perhaps you think you’re too fat, too old or too busy to help fight America’s wars. Perhaps you’re not even a human being. The Pentagon’s way-out research arm begs to differ. The military can use your talents — whether you stand or four legs or on two.
Right now, only 1 percent or so of America’s population contributes to the country’s defense (and offense). In its new budget, Darpa announces a $25 million effort to build tools that’ll rope in the other 99 percent. (Doesn’t exactly explain how. But think crowd-sourcing, plus a touch of machine learning to pair peeps up.) The program is called “Unconventional Warfighters,” and the idea is to tap three pools of potential contributors."   ...

Middle East Unrest:
Gadhafi: Bin Laden behind Libya uprising
 (AP) — Leader Moammar Gadhafi says al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden is behind the uprising in Libya and al-Qaida followers give young Libyans hallucinogenic pills in their coffee to get them to revolt."

Broken Promises: How We Failed Afghanistan's Girls

Imagine that nine years ago, a rich philanthropist decided that your community needed an elementary school. He constructed a nice building, furnished it with desks and blackboards, and maybe even gave you a playground. Now imagine that the school was right in the middle of a vicious turf war between two rival gangs. The teachers at the school have a 10th grade education – and that's in the classes that have teachers. Most don't, because a teacher salary wouldn't cover rent in the neighborhood, and few are willing to brave gunfire to get to work. Now, eight years on, the philanthropist is wondering why literacy rates haven't improved in your community. Do you want to smack him yet?

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Iraq suicide bomber strikes Ramadi

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A suicide bomber in the Iraqi city of Ramadi has killed at least eight people, officials say.
The attack wounded the deputy governor of Anbar province, Hikmet Khalaf, and killed a number of policemen.
The bombing came hours after Prime Minister Nouri Maliki warned Iraqis not to participate in planned "day of rage" protests on Friday.

Oil prices hit fresh highs on Libya unrest fears

Protestors in the Libyan town of DernaThere are concerns that it will not be easy to make up the shortfall in Libya's high quality crude oil

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Oil prices have hit their highest levels in two-and-a-half years after violence in Libya disrupted output and markets feared that the unrest could spread to larger oil producing nations.
Brent crude hit $119.79 a barrel in early Thursday trade, before falling back to $115.04.
US light crude earlier reached $103.41 a barrel before slipping to $100.95.
This has lead to concerns about the impact sustained high prices could have on the world economy.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose country is the world's biggest oil producer, has said they could be "a serious threat" to global growth.

Libya: Tripoli residents 'quiet but confused'

People waiting to be evacuated from Libya gather outside Tripoli airportThe mass exodus of expats has left many companies at a standstill
As anti-government protests in Libya continue, an eyewitness in the capital Tripoli gave this account to BBC News.
Tripoli is still quiet for the most part. Everything is still shut down and people don't really know what is happening. They are very confused.
Many are hoping that other people - anti-government protesters and troops who have defected - will come in from the towns or cities around Tripoli, to try to help residents here achieve something.
Let me tell you about some specific incidents that have happened here over the last two days.
bodies dumped
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Could the Arab Spring Have Removed Saddam?

I've watched two Arab regimes toppled and half-a-dozen others wobbled by nonviolent people power. If Saddam had been in power now, would he too be brought down?
The more I've thought of it, the more convinced I've become that Na'il was right. The Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings succeeded because the military forces of those countries refused to protect the regimes by cracking down on their own countrymen. The Egyptian military's self-image is that of a force that protects the nation and the people, not Hosni Mubarak.

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From Revolution to Revolution: How Egyptians View Libya
Egyptian medics have been at the forefront of coming to the aid of their neighbors. One of the organizing groups is the Egyptian Doctors' Syndicate is one of several running convoys into Libya. One 13-person group about to head in was made up mostly Egyptian paramedics and doctors, accompanied by a volunteer entourage of armed Libyans for protection.

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Europe Hails the Arab Protests, but Fears a Flood of Migrants

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A Carabinieri officer walks past migrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Feb. 14, 2011
Daniele La Monaca / AP
Although initially wrong-footed by the uprisings across the Arab world, European nations eventually collected themselves, welcomed the new eras in Tunisia and Egypt, and blessed the yearning for democracy that is spreading across the region. But the European Union's delicate diplomatic dance has been tainted by a conflicting message of hostility: while throwing their support behind the Arab protests, officials are simultaneously shrieking at the prospect of Arab migrants seeking refuge in Europe.

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Ivory Coast: army and ex-rebels 'breach ceasefire'

Fighting has erupted in western Ivory Coast, breaching the six-year ceasefire between ex-rebels and government troops, the United Nations says.
A UN spokesman told the BBC there were clashes in the village of Teapleu in the early hours of Thursday morning.
He said given the political stalemate, the reports were very "worrying".
Tensions have been rising since President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to hand over to Alassane Ouattara, widely seen as the winner of November's poll.
An armed rebellion in 2002 split the world's largest cocoa producer between the north, held by New Forces rebels, and the government-controlled south.
November's presidential vote was supposed to reunify the West African nation.
Hundreds fleeing

Yemen: Somali refugees drown after boat capsizes

Fifty-seven Somali refugees have drowned off the coast of Yemen after a boat capsized earlier this week.
The UN Refugee Agency says it ran into bad weather.
The sole survivor, who lost his wife and three children on the vessel, swam for a whole day before reaching the Yemeni coast, the UNCHR said.
Yemen is a popular destination for Somalis fleeing fighting at home, but the trip can be risky as smugglers use boats that are not seaworthy.
The UNCHR says this is the largest loss of life between the waters of Somalia and Yemen since 2008, when 114 people drowned after smugglers forced them into the water.
The 42-year-old man who survived grabbed a plastic container from the wreckage to help keep him afloat.
The BBC's East Africa correspondent Will Ross says every day at least one boat is reaching Yemen - packed full of Somalis fleeing the conflict back home.

United States:

Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

Dead Animals:

Dead Baby Dolphins In Gulf Of Mexico: 5 More Found

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GULFPORT, Miss. — Scientists say five dead baby dolphins have been found on two islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico, adding to what they say is an unusually high tally of dead dolphins in recent months off Mississippi and Alabama.
Researchers say they're seeking clues as to what caused the deaths. They report that 28 dolphins of all ages have been found dead in waters off the two states since the start of 2011, compared with 89 dead dolphins in all of 2010.

What Is Killing Portugal's Octopuses?

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Dead octopuses have been washing up on shore in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
William Manning / Corbis
What is killing the octopus of Vila Nova de Gaia? That question has obsessed the Portuguese city — located just across the Douro River from Porto — since Jan. 2, when 1,100 lb. (500 kg) of dead octopus were found on a 1.8-mile (3 km) stretch of local beach. The following day, another 110 lb. (50 kg) appeared; later there was just one expired creature. "It's very strange that so many should be killed, and in such a confined area," says Nuno Oliveira, director of the Gaia Biological Park, a nature refuge on the outskirts of Vila Nova de Gaia. "There's nothing in the scientific literature for this kind of mass mortality among octopus."

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100 dead Eiders in Andenes

Havneleder Odd Bernt Mevold  (Foto: Øystein Nygård/NRK)
DEAD BIRDS: Port Head Odd Bernt Mevold have found over a hundred dead Eiders in the port area.
Photo: Øystein Nygård / NRK
Eider ducks dying like flies in the harbor at Andenes - the cause is unclear.

Enlisted to help with deadly haul

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BIG LOAD: Ten tonnes of fish was winched aboard the HMNZS Manawanui.
RECOVERY OPERATION: HMNZS Manawanui crew members attach winch ties to the drifting net off Kawau Island
About 10 tonnes of mostly dead fish were found in part of a commercial fishing net drifting 2.5 nautical miles south of Kawau Island on December 13.
A trail of dead fish about three kilometres long was seen, the Fisheries Ministry says.
A ministry patrol boat went to investigate, while the HMNZS Hawea also searched for the net, along with an air force Seasprite helicopter. Both defence units were on exercise in the area. An air force Orion also became involved in the search with crew members taking photographs of the floating fish after it was spotted by the Hawea, the fisheries patrol vessel directed to it. The net was too heavy for the Hawea to lift, so HMNZS Manawanui arrived to take the net and its contents aboard.
Some live fish recovered were returned to the sea, along with most of the dead ones.

Died about 4 000 birds in lakes of Guanajuato: MP

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  • Water pollution, cold or botulism, probable causes, said Carlos Chacón. PVEM lawmaker says perish also fish in reservoirs of the entity
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    León, Gto. At least 4 000 birds have died in several dams and lakes in Guanajuato during the past three months, as a result of pollution in these water bodies, botulism and even the cold of the season, said Carlos Chacon, deputy Party local Green Ecology of Mexico (PVEM).
    Have indicated that ducks and other birds found dead in dams Silva, in the municipality of San Francisco del Rincón, El Tigre, Manuel Folding; of Palote, Leon, and the Laguna de Yuriria. Although figures are not alarming, they are considering, I reckon this season and we go counting as 4 000 dead birds in all the reservoirs in the state, said the legislator.

Fishy deaths near Tambun cemetery

IPOH: Hundreds of fish believed to be poisoned were found dead in a pond near a cemetery in Tambun here.
Graveyard worker Bala Sudunapala, 42, said he arrived at the cemetery and was hit with a stench.
Dead in the water: Hundreds of dead fish, washed up on the banks of a pond, causing a stench near a cemetery in Tambun, Ipoh yesterday. — Bernama
“Then I saw the fish floating in the pond,” he said, adding that he recalled seeing two men emptying a bottle of liquid into the pond on Saturday afternoon.

Mystery over mass antelope deaths in Kazakhstan

A mystery disease has killed more than 10,000 saiga antelope in Kazakhstan.
Conservationists are warning that the mass deaths could spell disaster for the saiga, which is already an endangered species.
The figure could account for up to a quarter of the global population of the species.
Wendy Urquhart reports.

Whales found dead on Donegal beach

Scientists examine the remains of the whales on Rutland IslandScientists examine the remains of the whales on Rutland Island

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Scientists have taken skin and tissue samples from the 33 pilot whales which died off the coast of County Donegal.
Environmentalists are trying to establish how the whales beached on Rutland Island near Burtonport.
It's thought they were the same group spotted in the Outer Hebrides at the end of October.
Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said it was one of the biggest mass deaths of whales in Irish history.
Mass fish death recorded in Caspian Sea
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Mass fish death was recorded in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea," Iranian Gulistan Province's Nature Conservation Department Deputy Head Mohsen Jafarnejad said.
Mass death of fish in the Caspian Sea is recorded on the west coast of the Gulistan Province. A large number of dead mullet have washed ashore, reported.
"An analysis of samples taken from dead fish was carried out, and now we are waiting for their results," Jafarnejad said.
The Gulistan Province is located in northeastern Iran. The center of the province is the Gurgan city.
In recent years, such cases are observed in various places around the world. Scientists suggest that the causes of the recent events may be a global disaster or testing of biological weapons.

Thousands of fishes, turtles die in Etawah pond

KANPUR: Thousands of fishes and about a dozen turtles were found dead during the past few days in Pakka Talab in Etawah. The fishes and turtles have been dying since last week and the number is increasing gradually.

NGOs suspect poisoning as the reason while residents blame the local body for poor upkeep of the water body over the years which has led to the death.

On January 20, residents at Pakka Talab gathered near the water body after they came across thousands of dead fishes and about a dozen turtles floating on the water surface. "Again on Friday morning, we found thousands of fish lying motionless on the surface. But, we had no idea that so many fish would die," said Animesh, a local.

Read more: Thousands of fishes, turtles die in Etawah pond - The Times of India

Thousands of Fish Dead in India's Yamuna River

2011-01-10 12:55

Thousands of fish were found dead on the shores of the Yamuna River at a holy site on the riverbanks in Mathura City, India.

Priests and locals have blamed the fish deaths on the dumping of industrial waste and chemicals that flow into the river.

[Rakish Babul Tiara, Priest]:
“The chemical effluent from factories printing saris and processing silver is discharged towards the Yamane River, and animals are dying.”

Babul wants the local government to take action on the issue.

Whales washed ashore Ghana coast
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Seven whales have been washed ashore along the Western coast of Ghana over the past six months in circumstances that have caused alarm among local fishermen and environmentalists.

While the fishermen and environmentalists have linked the death to the oil production activities in the Jubilee Field, officials of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say there has not been any scientific proof of that yet.

According to an expert in marine mammals at the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of Ghana, Professor Patrick Kwabena Ofori-Danson, apart from environmental pollution, whales could also die from eating harmful substances.

Mr Kojo Agbenor-Efunam, the Principal Programme Officer responsible for oil and gas at the EPA, however, delinked the fate of the whales from any oil spillage, saying that what had been spilled so far was harmless because it was neither poisonous nor toxic.

1000′s of baby fish wash ashore dead south of Cuba, “rare in Cayman Islands”; Seaweed used for shelter now soaked with oil

Royal Ontario Museum investigates sudden bee death

honey beesThe bees were part of a popular biodiversity exhibit

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A Toronto museum is investigating the sudden death of thousands of bees in a glass-enclosed beehive exhibit.
Officials at the Royal Ontario Museum said 20,000 bees in a biodiversity exhibit had died within two days last week, though they had appeared healthy.
Scientists have ruled out staff error and starvation, but said poor ventilation, disease or a lack of worker bees could be to blame.
The museum plans to replace the colony in the spring.
"The queen stops laying eggs in early- to mid-October and starts laying again in late February," University of Guelph researcher Janine McGowan told the Toronto Star newspaper.
"If she didn't lay enough winter worker bee eggs to make sure the hive and honey is kept warm during the winter, that could have contributed to the die-off."

Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Ashore In Florida (VIDEO)

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The Huffington Post  Travis Walter Donovan  First Posted: 02/ 7/11 02:36 PM Updated: 02/ 7/11 03:10 PM
Thousands of dead fish washed ashore a Florida state park beach on Friday, WPBF 25 News reports. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists believe a lack of oxygen resulted in the deaths of thousands of menhaden fish at Sebastian Inlet State Park. The officials say this type of fish is especially prone to dying from a lack of oxygen when they swim closer to shore in such large numbers.
In the week prior, around 500 drum fish were found dead in the Arkansas River, in the same location where 83,000 dead fish were discovered a month earlier on December 29th, AP reports.
After the major fish kill at the end of 2010, and thedeaths of thousands of birds also reported nearby in Arkansas days later on New Years Eve, news of mass animal deaths from around the world began receiving prominent coverage, though officials have attested that the events are not connected. More birds were reported to fall from the skyacross the U.S. and around the world, while similar mass fish kills were also reported worldwide.
Wildlife officials have suggested everything from extremely harsh weather to fireworks andindigestion as being responsible for the various mass animal deaths, while the USDA has taken responsibility for some of the U.S. bird deaths. According to the AP, mass animal deaths are not that uncommon.

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Briefs | Fish likely died from no oxygen

FORT COLLINS — Hundreds of fish found dead in an irrigation ditch likely died from lack of oxygen.
A resident spotted the dead fish in an irrigation ditch north of Willox Street, on the north end of Fort Collins, and called the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
An area wildlife manager responded and determined it was likely the fish became trapped in an area with low oxygen levels.
When water levels go down, so do oxygen levels, which can be deadly for fish, officials said.
“It’s a winter kill,” said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for the Division of Wildlife. “We have one or two of these around the state each year.”
In 2008, about 200 fish died from oxygen deprivation in a pond near the Loveland Recycling Center, 300 N. Wilson Ave.
This occurred in the summer, but wildlife experts determined oxygen levels in the water decreased because of a severe temperature drop with rain and runoff that carried organic matter into the pond.

Cold weather kills 10,000 heads of cattle

The Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) announced about huge losses in cattle caused by the long cold spell in recent days.
The department stated the costly deaths occurred despite the best efforts of local authorities and people to save their livestock.
Following statistics at 4pm on January 16, total of 9,248 heads of cattle died in provinces including Lang Son, Yen Bai, Cao Bang, Bac Can, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Son La, Quang Ninh, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Bac Giang, Lai Chau, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh.
Cao Bang province suffered the greatest losses, with 1,996 heads of cattle dead, followed by Lang Son (1,380 heads of cattle) and Son La (1,300 heads of cattle).
The Veterinary Department appointed delegations to cities and provinces to coordinate with local animal health departments to fight against hunger and chill for cattle.
Prime Minister requested the chairmen of provincial people’s committees in cities and provinces nationwide send task forces to closely control and actively use the local budget to support materials and expenditure for poor households and farmers.
The Ministry of Finance, in coordination with the MARD and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, was requested to carry out measures to guide, check and assist localities in fighting against cold weather and restoring production of cattle.
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Huge rings appear over Australia, is HAARP involved?

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Nine strange giant rings appeared over Australia in January and February 2010. Could HAARP have been involved? That would explain the massive floods which occurred 1 year after the rings appeared, in 2011.
A year ago, Colin Andrews received an email from someone in Australia claiming that he has discovered a bizarre ring over Australia’s South East region.
The rings were huge, as big as Germany or a US state and they have been detected by the Australian Government Weather Satellites and Radars. At that time they haven’t been given any serious attention and most people disregarded them but today, after Australia was hit by massive floods, analyzing and understanding these rings is very important. The Australian media said these rings are perfectly normal and it’s all a conspiracy but now after floods reached “Biblical proportions in Australia” these strange anomalies must be fully studied.
The South West weather ring was definitely very strange and totally looks artificial. Similar rings later appeared in two more places. The large clearly defined ring had slowly dissipated but still was just visible on a time loop which was spiraling counter clockwise (Low Pressure system).
These are Official Satellite Images from Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don't believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.  ~G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893

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