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Flood evacuations in Minot, N.D., Manitobans along Souris River brace for record high water levels

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Homes in Minot, N.D. are hit by flood waters on June 23, 2011.

Homes in Minot, N.D. are hit by flood waters on June 23, 2011.

Officials ordered immediate evacuations Wednesday in Minot, North Dakota as the area deals with the worst flooding it’s seen in more than four decades.

Meanwhile in Manitoba, the province says several communities will be bracing for rising waters with record-high flood protection levels.

In North Dakota, more than 11,000 people within the Minot flood zones –about a quarter of the city’s residents—were forced to leave Wednesday afternoon. Water from the Souris River breached Minot’s levees Wednesday afternoon.

The Souris River, which is also called the Mouse River south of the border, is expected to reach unprecedented record levels by the end of the week, cresting by June 26.

Officials say there’s nothing more they can do to hold back the water.

“What I see right now is probably the most devastating in terms of the number of people directly impacted and what will likely be the damage,” said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk of the North Dakota National Guard.

The community was pitching in Wednesday to help those in the flood zones get out with Read more…

DARPA’s advance research arm building virtual Internet to battle cyber attacks

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The Pentagon’s advanced research branch is working on a virtual version of the Internet to further the U.S.’s resistance against cyber attacks. According to Reuters, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more commonly known as DARPA, is setting up something called the National Cyber Range. The National Cyber Range would be a virtual “testbed” to simulate a mini-Internet. Officials could use it to test virtual cyber-warfare games that experiment with different computer-generated-attack situations.

DARPA, the same agency that started that whole Internet thing in the 1960s, created the National Cyber Range project to make it simple to create different scenarios, combine those scenarios, and ultimately test any potential situations that may have to be dealt with on the real Internet. The purpose is to test things like network protocols as well as satellite and radio Read more…

ALEX JONES SHOW 22 JUNE 2011 LINDSEY WILLIAMS BOMBSHELL

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Washington State on Alert For Radioactive Material Smuggling

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Law enforcement officials from port communities in Washington state on Tuesday received training in detecting smuggled radiation sources in accordance with federal efforts to prevent a potential nuclear or radiological “dirty bomb” attack, the Kitsap Sun reported (see GSN, June 21).

More than 20 first response entities in the Puget Sound region are using federal funds to acquire sensors to help them scan for radioactive materials that could be carried on boats moving through the waterway.

Bainbridge Island and Port Orchard police officers received training in the use of the detection equipment at the Port Orchard marina. Police vessels from the two jurisdictions have also been equipped with expensive high-tech neutron and gamma ray sensors.

The drill involved the placement of innocuous radioactive isotopes on board two ships. The police officers had to use their newly provided technology to locate the materials.

“The most critical part is detecting it,” said Tim Quinton, a project manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which provided one of the vessels used in Tuesday’s training.

Portable Radioactive Isotope Identification Devices, at a cost of $28,000 each, would then be used to identify the specific kind of source and how much radiation it was emitting.

Officers from the two agencies have also been provided with Personal Radiation Detectors that resemble pagers and come with a $2,400 price tag. Officers often use the devices while patrolling by land.

“Anything you can find on water, you could find on land, too,” said Port Orchard police Sgt. Trey Holden (Josh Farley, Kitsap Sun/Seattle Times, June 23).

America’s Debt Could Soon Spark A European-Style Crisis

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US debtWASHINGTON: America’s rapidly growing national debt could soon spark a European-style crisis unless Congress moves forcefully, the Congressional Budget Office warned Wednesday in a study that underscores the stakes for a bipartisan group working on a plan to reduce red ink.

Republicans seized on the nonpartisan report to renew their push to reduce costs in federal benefit programs such as Medicare, the federal government health care program that benefits the elderly.

At issue is the $9.7 trillion of US debt held by investors and foreign countries like China, the measure that economists deem most important. Government accounts like the Social Security trust funds account for the rest of the $14.3 trillion total debt.

Democrats and Republicans have been stepping up budget talks aimed at averting what could be the disastrous first-ever default on U.S. government debt. A bipartisan group led by Vice President Joe Biden tasked with reaching an agreement has not made the politically difficult compromises on the larger issues, such as Read more…

Another Asteroid To Give Earth a Close Shave June 27, 2011

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2011 MD’s orbital parameters. Credit: JPL Small-Body Database Browser

A newly discovered house-sized asteroid will miss the Earth by less than 17,700 km (11,000 miles) on Monday June 27, 2011. That’s about 23 times closer than the Moon. The size and location of the asteroid, named 2011 MD, should allow observers in certain locations to take a look at the space rock, even with small telescopes. It’s closest approach will be at 13:26 UTC on June 27.

According to Skymania, 2011 MD was found just yesterday, June 22, by LINEAR, a pair of robotic telescopes in New Mexico that Read more…

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Michio Kaku Fukushima They Lied to Us 22 June 2011

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