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Google Sends Search Traffic to 3rd Party

Posted by feww on April 7, 2010

Serial No  1,547. Starting April 2010, each entry on this blog has a serial number. If any of the numbers are missing, it may mean that the corresponding entry has been blocked by the authorities/Google in your country. Please drop us a line if you detect any anomaly/missing number(s).

Google is Cheating Internet Users

Google is Redirecting Fire-Earth Search Traffic to Ning, Inc. Network

About 50 percent of the traffic generated by specific searches for  Fire-Earth content goes to an unrelated 3rd party, Ning Network.

Since the beginning of last month, nearly every entry posted on Fire-Earth that has shown up in Google searches also point to In fact, specific Google search results for the content of this blog, which were  not even listed under the FEWW URL, still pointed to Ning network.

[NOTE: Ning Network is neither linked to Fire-Earth, nor reproduces any information posted on this blog.]

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Who’s Ning, Inc []

Here’s some information on Ning, Inc posted on Business Week

Ning, Inc. provides web hosting services. The company’s platform supports online communities and offers Internet networking solutions. Additionally, it owns and operates online blogs and forums. The company markets its product under the Ning brand name. Ning, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

735 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
United States

Co-Founder and Chairman, Ning, Inc:  Marc L. Andreessen

Who’s Marc L. Andreessen?

Marc L. Andreessen.  Source. Image may be subject to copyright. Click image to enlarge the little man.


Mr. Marc L. Andreessen is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Ning, Inc. Mr. Andreessen also co-founded Andreessen Horowitz L.P. He is also an Advisor at Rojo Networks, Inc. Mr. Andreessen served as an Executive Vice President of Products at Netscape Communications Corp. from September 1994 to March 1999. He co-founded Netscape Communications Corp. in April 1994. Mr. Andreessen served as Chief Technology Officer …  (Source: Business Week).  Read Full Background


Director, Chairman of Technology Committee and Member of Public Policy Committee
Former Director
Former Director, Member of Audit Committee and Member of Class A Nominating Committee
Former Director
Former Executive Vice President of Products and Director
Member of Advisory Board
Member of Executive Advisiory Board
Former Director
Co-Founder and Chairman
Member of Advisory Board


Bachelor’s Degree
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign


If he is so well-connected, why does he have to cheat Internet users?

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NOTE: Information on Ning, Inc and its co-founder where mirrored from Business Week and may be subject to copyright.

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Want a Mandate to Kill Life on the Planet?

Posted by feww on April 7, 2010

Serial No  1,546. Starting April 2010, each entry on this blog has a serial number. If any of the numbers are missing, it may mean that the corresponding entry has been blocked by the authorities/Google in your country. Please drop us a line if you detect any anomaly/missing number(s).

Gallup Ghosts, or U-S Pollsters Gone Bonkers!

507 “US Adults” Said More Energy, F**k the Environment: Gallup Poll

Gallup says in a poll of “1,014 US adults” conducted a few weeks before President Obama declared it was free offshore oil drilling season, half of those surveyed (507 pollsters) in  March 4-7 said the U.S. should give more priority to developing and producing its oil and gas reserves. Only 43 percent (436 respondents) said protection of the environment was more important than having limited energy supplies.

To make it stick, Gallup says it has been asking the same question concerning the priority of energy production over environmental protection for 10 years, and this was the first time the majority voted that way.

“The poll was released a few weeks before Senators John Kerry, a Democrat, Lindsey Graham, a Republican and Joe Lieberman, an independent, hope to unveil a compromise climate bill that would effectively put fees on fuels such as gasoline and coal to reduce emissions of gases blamed for warming the planet. The bill would also seek to increase incentives for offshore drilling and nuclear power.” Reuters reported.

The Magic of Gallup Polls: U.S. Support for Nuclear Power Climbs to New High of 62%

Another Gallup poll, which Fire-Earth wrote about earlier, and which was completely blocked by Google, said the U.S. Support for Nuclear Power had Climbed to New High of 62%. That Gallup Poll coincided with Bill Gates negotiations with Japan’s Toshiba about a potential partnership into nuclear-power start-ups using the so-called traveling-wave reactor.

“We need energy miracles,” Gates said, as his start-up nuclear company TerraPower, and Japan’s transistor-radios-come-washing-machines-maker Toshiba enter a new phase of negotiation on the so-called traveling-wave reactor.

Want a Mandate to Kill Life on the Planet? Call Up Gallup!

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Forest epidemic worsening

Posted by feww on April 7, 2010

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The Swiss needle disease Affects hundreds of thousands of forest acres

The Swiss needle epidemic is affecting hundreds of thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington affect older trees as well as young stands, causing their growth to almost completely stop.

Forest epidemic is unprecedented phenomenon, still getting worse

Oregon State University

The Swiss needle cast epidemic in Douglas-fir forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest is continuing to intensify, appears to be unprecedented over at least the past 100 years, and is probably linked to the extensive planting of Douglas-fir along the coast and a warmer climate, new research concludes.

Scientists in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University have also found that this disease, which is affecting hundreds of thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington and costing tens of millions of dollars a year in lost growth, can affect older trees as well as young stands – in some cases causing their growth to almost grind to a halt.

The newest findings were just published in Forest Ecology and Management, a professional journal.

Swiss needle cast is a native fungal disease specific to Douglas-fir that was first described in Europe. It rarely kills trees but causes discoloration, loss of needles and growth reduction, and is common in the Pacific Northwest wherever Douglas-fir grows. However, it caused significant problems only in recent decades along the coast.

Starting in 1984, an epidemic began to develop, and it significantly worsened after 1996.

“It’s now clear that this epidemic is a new phenomenon, with far more severity and impact than anything we’ve observed from Swiss needle cast in the past,” said Dave Shaw, an assistant professor at OSU and director of a cooperative designed to fight this disease. “We’ve known of this disease for decades but it was considered a non-issue in terms of forest health. A perfect storm of conditions that favor this fungus has caused a major epidemic that is still growing.”

The disease has now been identified at varying levels of severity in western Oregon on more than 300,000 acres in each of the past four years, peaking at 376,000 acres in 2008. Prior to this four-year period, it had affected as much as 300,000 acres only once in the 14-year history of aerial detection surveys, researchers say.

Depending on the multiple factors that influence it, it’s possible it could ultimately have an impact on up to two million acres of forests near the Oregon coast, and change the face of forestry in a huge region.

The new study concluded that warmer conditions, especially from March through August, are associated with significantly reduced growth in diseased trees, which may reflect earlier fruiting of the fungus. Wet, drizzly conditions in May through July are also important. The warm, wet conditions within 20 miles or so of the Pacific Ocean make those areas a hotspot of disease in coastal Oregon and Washington.

“We now know that weather is a driver in the epidemiology and spread of this disease,” said Bryan Black, an assistant professor of forestry based at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. “We can’t say yet whether climate change is part of what’s causing these problems, but warmer conditions, milder winters and earlier springs would be consistent with that.”

Another key suspect, scientists say, is the planting for decades of a monoculture of Douglas-fir in replacement of coastal forests, which previously had trees of varying ages and different species. Since Douglas-fir was a small component of these forests, it appears the disease was relatively insignificant. Even-aged stands of vulnerable Douglas-fir allow the fungus to build up to much higher levels, releasing spores that can literally spread with the wind. Reductions in growth of 20-30 percent are fairly common, and sometimes higher.

It used to be thought that the disease primarily affected only younger trees, mostly less than 40 years old and predominately the 10-30 year age group, the researchers say. This study, based on examinations of rings in naturally-regenerated trees more than 80 years old, for the first time showed that they are very susceptible as well. The findings erase any hope that older trees will “outgrow” the susceptibility to this disease, the scientists concluded.

“Tree growth has been reduced so much at severely-impacted sites that we could not actually find a growth ring that went all the way around some trees,” Black said. “At these sites the overall growth rate over the past 25 years was reduced by more than 85 percent in comparison to non-diseased trees.”

The impact of Swiss needle cast is highly uneven, difficult to predict, and often dependent on microclimate, terrain and availability of soil nitrogen. Fungicides can control it, but cost too much to be practical and raise environmental concerns. However, OSU is developing tools to better anticipate the problems it may cause and allow forest managers to consider alternative management strategies. Planting of less Douglas-fir is one option, using more western hemlock, red alder or other species.

In some places, nature has already begun this approach.

“We’ve seen sites where western hemlock is overtopping Douglas-fir that has almost stopped growing, and may ultimately replace it,” Shaw said. “Some stands are already converting to alternative species on their own.”

Work is under way to develop fungal-tolerant Douglas-fir families that may be of some value, especially in areas with low or moderate levels of the disease. Those studies will not be complete for several years.

If the epidemic continues to spread and begins to change growth and productivity of Douglas-fir, the researchers said, its impacts may go beyond forest health and timber production. It could affect the efficacy of managing lands for other purposes, such as wildlife protection.

“These tree ring data corroborate that the impacts of Swiss needle cast continue to worsen in the western Oregon Coast Range,” the researchers wrote in their conclusion. “They also corroborate that Swiss needle cast is associated with climate, especially long-term warming trends during the late winter and early spring.”


Editor’s Note: Digital images are available online to illustrate this story.
Impact on older trees:
Impact on young trees:
Hemlock rising:
Tree coring research:
More images, web site of Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative:

Public Information Release

Contact: Dave Shaw
Oregon State University

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Chevron-BP Pipeline leaks Oil into Louisiana Wildlife Refuge

Posted by feww on April 7, 2010

Serial No  1,544 If any posts are blocked in your area, please drop us a line.

Another Year of Oil Spills in Our Fragile Ecosystems

Chevron, BP, Exxon Mobil Corp and all other oil companies are leaving too many indelible footprints on our planet

Raccoon photographed in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana probably wondering  whether to wash hands in the water.

A Chevron pipeline leaked at least 18,000 gallons (68,100 liters) of crude oil into the Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, the U.S. Coast Guard said, Reuters reported.

The exact environmental impact of the leak has not yet been determined, said a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife.

The leak discharged into a canal about 16km (10 miles) southeast of Venice, Louisiana, a Coast Guard news release said.

“A barge working for Exxon Mobil Corp was driving long pipes called ‘spuds’ to anchor the barge in place, and one may have hit the pipeline operated by Chevron, a Coast Guard spokesman said.” The report said.

Cypress Pipe Line Co, a joint venture between Chevron and BP Plc own the the pipeline, which is operated by Chevron Pipe Line Co., a Chevron subsidiary.

The Delta National Wildlife Refuge is located 16km (10 miles) southeast of Venice, Louisiana along the Mississippi River. The 19,000-ha (48,000 acre) originally designated as a sanctuary and habitat to wintering waterfowl, is marshland near the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. Accessible  by boat only, the refuge now provides habitat for alligator, brown pelican migrating birds, raccoons and other animals.

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Deadly Flooding in Rio de Janeiro State, 100 killed

Posted by feww on April 7, 2010

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State of Emergency in Rio

Heavy rains and flash floods left at least 100 people dead in the Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil

The most torrential rain in Rio’s history trigger flash floods and landslides that bury many homes.

Landslide destroys scores of homes and damages many others in the Morro dos Prazeres area of the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Torrential rains in Rio de Janeiro have triggered landslides killing at least 100 people as rising water paralyzed traffic and forced schools and business to stay closed. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

A state of emergency was declared in Rio after about 30cm (12 in) of rain fell in less than 24 hours.  Many of Rio’s hillside shanty towns houses have been buried by large mudslides.

A very large area of Rio has been flooded, Rio”s mayor was reported as saying. The banks of  Rio lagoon overflowed swamping streets, parks, playgrounds and large swaths of land.

“The situation is chaos. All the major streets of the city are closed because of the floods. Each and every person who attempts to enter them will be at enormous risk,”  Mayor Eduardo da Costa Paes said in a televised statement, warning people not to leave their home.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the state governor Sergio Cabralon, have urged residents to evacuate their homes if they are at risk of flooding, another report said.

“Television coverage showed people abandoning cars along flooded highways and seeking to escape up stairs to overpasses or along railroad tracks. In some areas, water was cascading down hillsides. Buses were stopped on underpasses, with water reaching almost above their tires. Some people waved from rooftops in parts of Rio’s slums, where roads had filled with mud, burying cars and stranding residents.” Said a report.

Firefighters fight their way through move debris to reach an injured man after a landslide in the Morro dos Prazeres area of the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro killed scores of people, Tuesday, April 6, 2010.  Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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