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NASA warns of global catastrophe post upcoming ‘huge space storm’

July 31, 2011 Comments off

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NASA has warned of a once-in-a-lifetime ‘space storm’ after the sun wakes ‘from a deep slumber’ sometime around 2013, causing ‘20 times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina’.

Senior space agency scientists believe that the super storm would hit like ‘a bolt of lightning’ and damage everything from emergency services’ systems, hospital equipment, banking systems and air traffic control devices, through to “everyday” items such as home computers, iPods and Sat Navs.

And unless precautions are taken, it could cause catastrophic consequences for the world’s health, emergency services and national security.

“We know it is coming but we don’t know how bad it is going to be,” Dr Richard Fisher, the director of NASA’s Heliophysics division, said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.

He, however, said that preparations were similar to those in a hurricane season, where authorities knew a problem was imminent but did not know how serious it would be.

“I think the issue is now that modern society is so dependant on Read more…

Libyan rebel commander killed by comrades

July 30, 2011 Comments off

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MOSCOW, July 30 (RIA Novosti) – General Abdel Fatah Younes, the Libyan rebels’ top military commander, has been killed by his comrades after being arrested by rebel security forces on suspicion of treason, media reports said, quoting a rebel minister.

Younes and his two aides were killed on Thursday after being summoned to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi to appear before a judicial inquiry.

A rebel commander, who was arrested following the killing, confessed that he had ordered his lieutenants to kill Younes, Reuters quoted Ali Tarhouni, the rebel minister for oil, as telling journalists in Benghazi.

Abdel Fattah Younes, a member of the group behind the 1969 coup that brought Muammar Gaddafi to power, had been serving as the country’s interior minister before he defected and joined rebel forces in February, soon after the beginning of the uprising against Gaddafi’s 40-year authoritarian rule.

Rebel security forces suspected that some of Younes’ family members maintained contacts with Gaddafi, Al-Jazeera said.

Younes’ killing is seen as a sign of divisions within the opposition leadership and a blow for the Western alliance’s efforts to oust Gaddafi.

Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said on Friday that Al-Qaeda was behind Younes’ assassination.

“By this act, Al-Qaeda wanted to mark out its presence and its influence in this region” of eastern Libya controlled by the rebels, Ibrahim was quoted by Al-Jazeera as telling reporters. “It is Al-Qaeda that has the power in the east.”

Japan’s Big Earthquake Rattled The Ionosphere

July 30, 2011 Comments off

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The giant 11 March 2011 magnitude 9 Tohoku earthquake not only shook the Earth and caused devastating tsunamis but also rattled the ionosphere, according to a new study.

Image: NASA

The ionosphere is a part of the upper atmosphere, comprising portions of the mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere, distinguished because it is ionized by solar radiation. It plays an important part in atmospheric electricity and forms the inner edge of the magnetosphere. It has practical importance because, among other functions, it influences radio propagation to distant places on the Earth. Read more…

The United States Only Has $54 Billion Of Cash Left In The Bank

July 30, 2011 Comments off

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Reid, Boehner

Um, John, we’re about to go broke. What say we call off the circus act and finally do something about it?

Image: AP Photo/Harry Hamburg

Maybe this news will wake up those irresponsible idiots in Washington.The United States only has $54 billion of cash left in the bank.

That’s down from $100+ billion only eight days ago.

In the middle of last week came the shocking news that Apple, Inc., had more cash than the United States. Now, Apple has a lot more cash than the United States.

By early next week, if Congress can’t get its act together, the United States will have less cash than Google. Then Salesforce.com. Then, eventually, Pets.com.

Maybe, instead of preening in front of TV cameras, Congress folks should just hit the streets of Washington with hats in hand this weekend. If all 535 members spend all weekend out on the Mall, we might scrape together enough cash to last a few more hours. And these efforts will certainly Read more…

Anonymous Fires Back at NATO with FBI Hack, Releases 400MB of Their Data

July 30, 2011 Comments off

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Despite the recent spate of arrests on their side, Anon released 400MB of NATO data courtesy of big-time cybersecurity firm ManTech last night. This is their way of making good on a promise and reiterating that they “aren’t scared anymore”.

You’ll recall that NATO officially condemned Anonymous early last month. Well, as part of their long attack on ManTech, you’ll find a bevy of stolen NATO reports from the past several years, financial charts, and pictures of personnel both on duty and at rest. Pretty big, and this is only a portion of the gig of data they say they’re sitting on.

Anonymous effectively called ManTech’s $100 million contract with the FBI into very loud question. Indeed, ManTech also have contracts with the likes of the DOJ, NSA, and and NASA. All of whom are at risk now that Anon has gotten inside. They end their release with this:

Dear Government and Law Enforcement, we are repeating this message as we have the suspicion you still do not take us seriously: We are not scared anymore and your threats to arrest us are meaningless. We will continue to demonstrate how you fail at about every aspect of cybersecurity while burning hundreds of millions of dollars that you do not even have.

The nine billion-dollar weather disasters of 2011 (so far); Invest 90L rises again

July 30, 2011 Comments off

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Dr. Jeff Masters

It’s been an unprecedented year for weather disasters in the United States, with the dangerous portion of hurricane season still to come. We’ve already seen nine billion-dollar weather disasters so far in 2011. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) June disaster report estimates that, through May, 2011 is the costliest year since they began tracking billion-dollar disasters in 1980. The cost of the disasters through May could be as high as $32 billion, compared to a typical year-to-date cost of $6 billion. 2011 to-date now ties the entire year of 2008 for the most billion-dollar weather disasters in one year. Of course, this number could go up if we see some hurricane landfalls this year.

Here are NCDC’s estimates of the top-end damages from 2011’s billion-dollar weather disasters so far:

Missouri River Flooding
Snowfall was abnormally heavy in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Wyoming this past winter (over 200% of average), and record rains fell over the Upper Read more…

Is the Solar System Warming? Inner and Outer

July 29, 2011 Comments off

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SO WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM IS WARMING? Read more…

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