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Archive for December 4th, 2008

Thought for the Day: “DO NO EVIL!”

Posted by feww on December 4, 2008

Or at least pretend you are NOT!

Google says their motto is “Do No Evil!” yet most of their immoral earnings come from predatory advertising, and their corporate practice is suppression of information!

The Moderators at public information blogs listed below once again condemn Google Inc in the strongest possible terms for content censorship.




Note: The above image incorporates the Google logo, which is a trade mark of that disgraceful corporation.

Google search engine,  which effectively dominates information search on Internet, permanently or periodically exclude specific posts, contents or information from the above-listed blogs thereby abridging the freedom of speech, and denying the public their right to know!

Google Inc poses a clear and present danger to freedom of speech. To minimize this threat, we urge those of the lawmakers who still believe in the Constitution to break up Google into smaller, less harmful units.

If there isn’t a law that specifically allows us to break up Google, Inc into smaller companies to prevent suppression of information, then we must create new laws that do so!

No single corporation in the U.S. poses as much threat to the freedom of speech, and therefore democracy, as does Google!

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Magnitude 6.2 Quake Hits Honshu, Japan

Posted by feww on December 4, 2008

UPDATE: The Honshu quake detailed below has been downgraded to a 5.7Mw by USGS.

A Large Mag 6.2 Earthquake Hits Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan

The following details were provided by USGS Earthquake Hazards Program:

Magnitude: Mw 6.2 [Later downgraded to Mw 5.7]


  • Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 23:16:58 UTC
  • Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 08:16:58 AM at epicenter

Location: 38.566°N, 142.762°E
Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan


  • 170 km (105 miles) ENE of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
  • 190 km (120 miles) SE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan
  • 220 km (140 miles) ENE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
  • 420 km (260 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan

[Mainshock was followed by a strong aftershock measuring Mw5.2 located at 38.555°N, 142.840°E, Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 12:10:54 PM time at epicenter.]

Source: USGS

No immediate reports of tsunami, damage or injuries as yet.


Map of MMI contours plotted over population per ˜1 square km (see gray scale bar on top of map). The regions of integer MMI values are separated by the thick contour lines and labeled with Roman numerals. The total population exposure to a given MMI value is obtained by summing the population between the thick contour lines. This total is shown in population exposure table. Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction. A magnitude 6.6 earthquake 378 km Northeast of this one struck Niigata, Japan on October 23, 2004 (UTC), with estimated population exposures of 481,000 at intensity IX or greater and 386,000 at intensity VIII, resulting in an estimated 67 fatalities. Recent earthquakes in this area have caused, landslides and fires that may have contributed to losses. USGS

Map of japan. USGS


Earthquake Location: USGS

Japan sits atop the Eurasian, Pacific, Philippine and North American tectonic plates whose movements cause numerous earthquakes. The country experiences about 20 percent of the world’s major earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

Did you know?

With an estimated total death toll of 88,072 [as of yesterday, Dec 3, 2008,] this year has seen the second worst number of human casualties caused by earthquakes since 1980. The largest earthquake/ tsunami related casualties for the 29-year period occurred in 2004 with an estimated total of 228,802 deaths.  [The stats are based on USGS data.

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