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Tornado touches down in Queens and Brooklyn

September 8, 2012 Comments off

nydailynews

A terrifying tornado touched down briefly in Queens and Brooklyn Saturday  morning, destroying property, disrupting plans and terrifying residents all over  the city.

A black tunnel cloud accompanied by howling winds screamed into south  Brooklyn and Queens at around 11 a.m., with reports of the potent storm hitting  the ground on the Rockaway Peninsula and Carnarsie.

“I saw a big gray cloud coming and ran to my basement with my son,” said  Diane Tye, 36, an office manager from Breezy Point who scooped up her son Dylan,  2, and ran to her house when she saw the tunnel cloud approach.

“It was very Read more…

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Biometrics: Those Tell-Tale Signs That Say Who You Are

April 24, 2012 Comments off

sciencedaily.com

ScienceDaily (Apr. 23, 2012) — Forget about fingerprints or iris recognition; the way you walk or move your hands, even your pulse, can be analysed for unique characteristics. EU-funded researchers are looking at ways this new technology could protect your security and make identity checking less obtrusive and more accurate.

You might think that PIN codes and fingerprints are pretty secure identity systems, but they are in fact simple to hack. The criminal community has found it too easy to steal PIN numbers just using cameras, card copiers or the point of a knife at the cash point. And James Bond famously tricked an adversary to believing his false identity by wearing ‘fake fingerprints’.

The use of biometric identification — using the unique properties and characteristics of an individual to help identify them — continues to grow in popularity. Modern electronic passport checks use face recognition, and iris scanning has also been tested in some airports.

Recognising the growing market fo Read more…

Canada Scraps the Penny

April 4, 2012 Comments off

theepochtimes.com

Canada’s federal budget, released last week, includes the decision to end production of the penny. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)

TORONTO—Penny pinchers in Canada may soon turn their attention to nickels and dimes given the news in the country’s federal budget that just came down: pennies are being discontinued.

“Given its declining purchasing value, some Canadians consider the penny more of a nuisance than a useful coin,” notes the announcement that came with the publication of budget.

Credit, debit, and electronic transactions will keep exact purchase prices, but cash transactions will round prices that end in 3 cents up to 5 cents, and round prices that end in 2 cents down to zero.

While the Royal Canadian Mint will stop producing the penny, the coin will Read more…

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Weather Extremes & Global Warming — The Connection

March 28, 2012 Comments off

planetsave.com

global warming climate extremes Weather Extremes & Global Warming    The Connection

Seasonal Jun-Jul-Aug 2010 sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies relative to 1951–70. Record high SSTs were recorded in the locations and at the times indicated with record flooding nearby.

Curious about the connection between global warming and extreme weather? You ought to be. And who better to learn about this from than National Center for Atmospheric Research senior scientist Kevin E. Trenberth?

Here’s a new article by Trenberth published in the journal Climatic Change under a Creative Commons-Attribution license (PDF here, HTML here) — thanks to Climate Progress for the find and share: Read more…

Saudi Arabia And China Team Up To Build A Gigantic New Oil Refinery – Is This The Beginning Of The End For The Petrodollar?

March 23, 2012 3 comments

theeconomiccollapseblog.com

 The largest oil exporter in the Middle East has teamed up with the second largest consumer of oil in the world (China) to build a gigantic new oil refinery and the mainstream media in the United States has barely even noticed it.  This mammoth new refinery is scheduled to be fully operational in the Red Sea port city of Yanbu by 2014.  Over the past several years, China has sought to aggressively expand trade with Saudi Arabia, and China now actually imports more oil from Saudi Arabia than the United States does.  In February, China imported 1.39 million barrels of oil per day from Saudi Arabia.  That was 39 percent higher than last February.  So why is this important?  Well, back in 1973 the United States and Saudi Arabia agreed that all oil sold by Saudi Arabia would be denominated in U.S. dollars.  This petrodollar system was adopted by almost the entire world and it has Read more…

March 1, 2012 Comments off

Kauilapele's Blog

Well, here’s that broken piggy bank again. This time it’s a big one.

This list from American Kabuki has an extensively documented and categorized list of these resignations. 12 of them are from today’s news. I don’t know who American Kabuki is, but looks they did a great job of putting this list together.

Lots of piggy banks breaking all around the world. Or maybe it’s just the piggies (found at RMN).

[Pardon, but you’ll need to copy and paste the links; there’s so many of them to fix up I chose not to do it]

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Monday, February 27, 2012

BANK CEO AND EXECUTIVE RESIGNATION UPDATE 2/27/12

81 RESIGNATIONS FROM WORLD BANKS 2/27/12

(1) 9/01/11 (USA NY) Bank of New York Mellon Chief Resigns in a Shake-UP
http://loanworkout.org/2011/09/bank-of-new-york-mellon-chief-resigns-in-a-shake-up/

(2) 09/20/12 (SCOTLAND) SCOTTISH WIDOWS (RETIREMENT INVESTMENT SAVINGS FUND) There could be no Scottish representative on the board of Lloyds…

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Philipines records an astounding 900 aftershocks in first 24 hours after 6.9 magnitude earthquake

February 8, 2012 Comments off

pia.gov

Residents walk along a damaged road caused by an earthquake in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental in central Philippines February 7, 2012. Philippine rescuers searched on Tuesday for 29 residents of a mountainside community feared dead after a landslide triggered by an earthquake engulfed their homes. A magnitude 6.7 quake struck near Tayasan town in the central Philippine island of Negros on Monday. Fifteen people are known to have been killed while several remote towns have been cut off because of damage to roads and bridges.

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Feb. 7 (PIA) — The local seismology monitors recorded as much as 900 mild aftershocks as of noontime today after the 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Central Visayas on Feb. 6.

According to the local Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), through Engineer Nolan Evangelista, aftershocks are just ordinary incidents after a major earth movement.

Evangelista also shared that the most noticeable aftershocks reached intensity 3 that was recorded at around 6:10 p.m. yesterday and another one at 7:32 p.m., which reached intensity 2.

“There have been numerous Read more…