Archive for May 27, 2011

800-Mile-Wide Hot Anomaly Found Under Seafloor off Hawaii

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Magma spills into the sea at Kilauea, Hawaii. Hot lava spills into the sea from under a hardened lava crust on the Big Island of Hawaii (file picture).

Photograph by Patrick McFeeley, National Geographic

Dave Mosher

for National Geographic News

Updated May 27, 2011 (First posted May 26, 2011)

Hawaii‘s traditional birth story—that the volcanic islands were, and are, fueled by a hot-rock plume running directly to Earth’s scorching core—could be toast, a new study hints.

(See pictures of a recent eruption Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.)

Scientists say they’ve found solid evidence of a giant mass of hot rock under the seafloor in the region. But it’s not a plume running straight from the core to the surface—and it’s hundreds of miles west of the nearest Hawaiian island.

Until now, the researchers say, good seismic data on the region has been scarce, so it was tough to question the Read more…

Endless winter: days away from summer and snow still falling over Colorado Mountains

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May 27, 2011COLORADO – It is nearly June and Colorado’s mountains still look as though we’re at the beginning of March. “This is what it looks like all winter out here,” Pat Randall, a store owner in Grand Lake, said. The snow that has kept falling in the high country has made for a different spring. Independence Pass opened Thursday, but Mt. Evans Road is only halfway open and Trail Ridge Road is still closed because of all the late snow. Arapahoe Basin and Aspen are still open for skiers. “It is a pretty big weekend in the scheme of things, definitely,” Randall said. The snow is certainly not what Randall and his family were hoping for this holiday weekend. They need customers, lots and lots of customers, to kick off the summer season. “They call it ‘the kick-off to the summer’ here,” Randall said. But the snow is kicking that idea to the curb. “I think we’re going to lose a lot of campers,” Randall said. With Trail Ridge Road closed, some figure Grand Lake will lose out on hundreds, if not thousands, of usual holiday visitors. “I think we’ll lose a lot of folks from Northern Colorado. They’re not going to want to drive all the way through Denver and come back up,” Randall said. –9News

People disappear in Georgia after violent dispersal of opposition rally

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Tbilisi: An injured man walks in front of the ranks of the Georgian riot police officers dispersing opposition rally (AFP Photo /Zura Tvauri)

Tbilisi: An injured man walks in front of the ranks of the Georgian riot police officers dispersing opposition rally (AFP Photo /Zura Tvauri)

Opposition leaders urge Georgian government to investigate the disappearances of protesters in Tbilisi after the brutal police crackdown of the peaceful rally. They also vow to stage more protests to free the country from the ‘tyrant’ Saakashvili.

Giya Tsagareishvili, a member of the Georgian parliament from the opposition party of Free Democrats, named ten protesters that vanished after the protests in Tbilisi on May 26. None of them could be found among those detained by the police or in any of the hospitals in the capital city of Tbilisi.

“All of this was happening in Tbilisi, in the capital of the country that, according to Mikhail Saakashvili, came this close to the doorstep of the European Union.” Tsagareishvili said. “Well let me remind Mr. Saakashvili that there, in Paris, London, Berlin and Tallinn, protests are not drowned in blood and people do not disappear.”

Giya Tsagareishvili is not the only opposition leader that draws attention to the strange occurrences which took Read more…

The 2012 Doom Factor (Video)

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In order to understand the future, you must study the past.  Many people wonder about what happened to these great ancient civilizations and their technology.   The above video has been out for a few years but goes into great depth on why we are seeing an unprecedented occurrence of anomalies in weather pattern changes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, mysterious animal deaths ect.  Turn off your TV, silence your cell phone and unplug yourself from anything that is distracting.  This video is very eye-opening and educational to say the least.  I am definitely not saying that the world will end in 2012; however there will be a global change in the near future.  Take this in perspective: Before a storm begins you will notice that the clouds begin to change, the wind gust becomes stronger, lightning will appear, and small raindrops begin to fall to the ground. Guess what?  This is the edge of the storm.  It is true when they say history repeats itself…

If the embedded video does on work on this page here is the link  The 2012 Doom Factor

Pyramid-Exploring Robot Reveals Hidden Hieroglyphs

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A robot explorer sent through the Great Pyramid of Giza has begun to unveil some of the secrets behind the 4,500-year-old pharaonic mausoleum as it transmitted the first images behind one of its mysterious doors.

The images revealed hieroglyphs written in red paint that have not been seen by human eyes since the construction of the pyramid. The pictures also unveiled new details about two puzzling copper pins embedded in one of the so called “secret doors.”

Published in the Annales du Service Des Antiquities de l’Egypte (ASAE), the images of markings and graffiti could unlock the secrets of the monument’s puzzling architecture.

“We believe that if these hieroglyphs could be deciphered they could help Egyptologists work out why these mysterious shafts were built,” Rob Richardson, the engineer who designed the robot at the University of Leeds, said. The study was sponsored by Mehdi Tayoubi and Richard Breitner of project partners Dassault Systèmes in France.

NEWS: Great Pyramid May Hold Two Hidden Chambers

Built for the pharaoh Cheops, also known as Khufu, the Great Pyramid is the last remaining Read more…

China Seen Deploying New Ballistic Missile Unit Close to Taiwan

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Here is another article of interest published in April.

Taiwan’s intelligence head on Thursday asserted China had fielded an additional ballistic missile unit not far from the self-governing island, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, April 6).

“The unit, carrying the code number 96166 and based in Guangdong province [in southern China], is indeed a new unit, probably a new ballistic missile brigade,” National Security Bureau chief Tsai Teh-sheng said, without offering further specifics.

“Over the past few years, the People’s Liberation Army has kept increasing its deployment of ballistic missile units in both quantity and quality opposite Taiwan,” Tsai said in remarks passed along by lawmaker Lin Yu-fang.

Taiwanese analysts project that Beijing at present has in excess of 1,600 missiles targeting the island that it claims as Chinese territory. The majority of those weapons are thought to be fielded in Jiangxi and Fuijan provinces in the southeastern part of the country. Experts predict that as many as 1,800 missiles could be aimed at Taiwan in 2012, AFP reported.

China’s robust rail system has allowed it to rapidly transport missiles to coastal regions when required. Some missiles can even be fired from railway trains, according to Lin, who is also a military affairs professor.

China’s top military official last week seemingly denied that any missiles were aimed at Taiwan. Beijing, though, has said it could take military action should Taipei seek full autonomy (see GSN, May 19; Agence France-Presse/Yahoo!News, May 26).

California releases 450 ‘violent and dangerous’ criminals after computer glitch sets them free

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Hundreds of violent and dangerous prisoners have been released on unsupervised parole in California because of a computer glitch, according to the state’s inspector general.

Software errors led prison officials to mistakenly release some 450 inmates deemed to have a ‘high risk for violence’, as part of a programme meant to ease overcrowding in the state’s jails.

And more than 1,000 additional convicts said to present a high risk of committing drugs crimes, property crimes and other offences were also freed.

Overcrowded: Hundreds of violent criminals have been released from prison early on unsupervised parole after a computer error Overcrowded: Hundreds of violent criminals have been released from prison early on unsupervised parole after a computer error

The news comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s prisons are dangerously overcrowded, and upheld a ruling giving the state two years to slash prisoner numbers.

No attempt has since been made to return any of the offenders to prison or to put them on supervised parole schemes, inspector general spokesman Renee Hansen told the LA Times.

All of the released prisoners have been placed on so-called ‘non-revocable parole’ – meaning that they do not have to report to parole officers and can only be sent back to prison if they are caught committing another crime.

Inmates who are gang members, sex criminals or violent criminals are determined to pose a risk of re-offending and are not thought to be suitable for the scheme.

But a report by the inspector general found that the computer programme that officials Read more…

Another woman dies of mysterious virus in s Korea

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Seoul (ANTARA News/Xinhua-OANA) – A pregnant woman has died of pneumonia related to an unidentified virus, nearly 15 days after the same cause brought about the first fatality in South Korea, local media reported Thursday.

The 36-year-old woman died early Thursday morning, about one month after being admitted to the intensive care unit of a large hospital in Seoul, according to the Korea Center for Disaster Control and Prevention (KCDC), Seoul`s Yonhap news agency reported.

She initially showed cold-like symptoms but later was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. The victim was among eight patients who checked into the intensive care unit of the hospital for infection with the unknown virus.

Seven of the eight patients have recently given birth or are expecting, prompting widespread fears among the country`s pregnant women.

The KCDC has been focusing on verifying the origin of the virus by studying the specimen taken from the patient and conducting genetic analysis on it.

Escalating violence may push Yemen towards civil war, warns UN human rights office

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Yemenis protesting against the government in Sana’a

27 May 2011 – The United Nations human rights office today voiced alarm at the escalating violence in Yemen, which it said may push the country to the brink of civil war, and called on the Government to stop its deadly crackdown.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said it is trying to confirm reports it has received of dozens of civilian casualties, including women and children, in the fighting over the past few days, as well as reports of shelling by Government troops in residential areas.

The death toll has reportedly approached 100 since fighting began Monday after Yemen’s President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, refused for a third time to sign a deal to transfer power amid the pro-democracy protests that began earlier this year.

“The dangerous escalation of violence in Yemen over the past few days is very Read more…

House Passes Authority for Worldwide War

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The House just passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a provision to authorize worldwide war, which has no expiration date and will allow this president — and any future president — to go to war anywhere in the world, at any time, without further congressional authorization. The new authorization wouldn’t even require the president to show any threat to the national security of the United States. The American military could become the world’s cop, and could be sent into harm’s way almost anywhere and everywhere around the globe.

Before the vote, the House debated an amendment that would have struck the worldwide war provision. That amendment was introduced by a bipartisan group of representatives: Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). Given the enormity of the proposed law, you’d expect the House to debate the amendment to strike it extensively, but that’s not what happened. The amendment was debated for a total of 20 minutes. That’s right. Twenty minutes to debate whether Congress should hand the executive branch sweeping worldwide war authority.

The vote on the amendment took place earlier this afternoon, and it failed on the House floor by a vote of 187-in favor to 234-opposed. Check the vote here.

But not to worry, all of your efforts to bring the importance of the new law and the amendment to strike it to your representatives’ attention have Read more…