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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – December 5, 2013

Posted by feww on December 5, 2013

Ten beached whales die in Florida Everglades, dozens stranded

At least ten beached whales have died as rescuers tried to save dozens more that were stranded in shallow waters  in Florida’s Everglades National Park, said wildlife officials.

The whales, believed to be short-finned pilot whales, were first spotted on Tuesday pm near the Gulf of Mexico, according to the park officials.

Adult short-finned pilot whales weigh 1,000 to 3,000kg with females and males averaging 12 and 18 feet long receptively. They typically travel in pods of about 30 animals.

Wildlife officials said the rescue efforts to save the whales by pushing them into deeper waters would resume Thursday morning.

Video footage showed at least one carcass reduced to a bare skeleton and large chunks of flesh missing from others, possibly bitten by sharks.

NSA collects and anal-yzes 5 billion cellphone records each day

The US National Security Agency collects and analyzes about 5 billion cellphone records each day indicating location data around the world, according to a new report by Washington Post based on the records leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

FOUR Canadian soldiers commit suicide in one week

At least four Canadian soldiers have committed suicide in just one week, probably overcome by pangs of conscience.

At least three of the soldiers had “served” in Afghanistan, according to Canadian Defense officials.

In the latest incident, a married 46-year-old soldier apparently committed suicide on Monday. His body was found near his base in Quebec. Sylvain Lelievre had served in Bosnia and Afghanistan, according to reports.

Last week, the bodies of three other soldiers were discovered. They were Michael McNeil, William Elliott and Travis Halmrast. They were based in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta respectively.

30,000 Eritreans “abducted to Sinai desert for ransom”

Up to 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted since 2007 and taken to Egypt’s Sinai desert to suffer torture and ransom demands, according to a new research.

Victims are kidnapped in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan and taken to Sinai where they are held captive in the mostly lawless desert.

The abductors have extorted at least $600m  from families in ransom payments, says the study.

“The study, presented to the European parliament, says Eritrean and Sudanese security officers are colluding with the kidnap gangs,” according to a report.

Ferocious storm cuts power to 25,000 homes in Scotland, shuts rail network

>Winds of up to 116 mph  (187 km/h) battered parts of Scottish highlands cutting power to at least 25,000 customers and forcing the authorities to shut down the entire rail network due to debris on the tracks.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency has warned of flooding risks in coastal areas and Traffic Scotland advised drivers to avoid traveling in multiple areas due to “extremely dangerous” conditions, reports said.

Fast-food workers in 100 US cities will walk off the job

The strike is part of a nationwide movement, which began a year ago to increase federal minimum wage, unchanged since 2009, from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour. The workers also want the right to unionize.

“We have people going to work every day and coming home to no utilities or having to make tough decisions on whether to eat or pay rent. But they go to work and work hard every day and they’re good at their jobs and these companies should take care of their employees and do better. We know that they have the profit,” said a worker.

“Dramatic increases in a starting wage such as those called for in these rallies will challenge that job growth history, increase prices for restaurant meals, especially in the value segments and lead to fewer jobs created,” said the National Restaurant Association.

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Super Gremlins Destroying NSA Spy Center?

Posted by feww on October 8, 2013

Meltdowns Plague NSA Data Center

NSA’s massive new data-storage facility in Utah has been plagued by electrical surges—dubbed arc fault failures—described as “a flash of lightning inside a 2-foot box.” These failures reportedly cause explosions, melt metal and cause circuit failures, said officials.

At least 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months have prevented NSA from using their supercomputers at the center located in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake City.

The meltdowns have “destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and delayed the center’s opening for a year, according to project documents and current and former officials,” according to project documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

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The new NSA data center located near Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake City, Utah. (Image credit: George Frey/AFP) Image may be subject to copyright.

“The Utah facility, one of the Pentagon’s biggest U.S. construction projects, has become a symbol of the spy agency’s surveillance prowess, which gained broad attention in the wake of leaks from NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It spans more than one-million square feet, with construction costs pegged at $1.4 billion—not counting the Cray supercomputers that will reside there,” said the report.

Experts believe the center’s storage capacity is in the order of  exabytes (1,000^6) or even zettabytes (1,000^7) of data. An exabyte is about 100,000 times the size of all the printed material in the Library of Congress.

“Utah is the largest of several new NSA data centers, including a nearly $900 million facility at its Fort Meade, Md., headquarters and a smaller one in San Antonio. The first of four data facilities at the Utah center was originally scheduled to open in October 2012, according to project documents.” WSJ reported.

The Bluffdale facility will require 65 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 20,000 homes, costing $1million per month even at Utah’s preferential electricity rates.

The causes of eight of the failures haven’t been determined. “We did not find any indication that the proposed equipment modification measures [suggested by the Army Corps of Engineers] will be effective in preventing future incidents,” said a report last week by special investigators from the Army Corps of Engineers known as a Tiger Team.

Why is NSA Spying on EVERYONE?

It’s still unclear how the NSA will attempt to justify the collection of such an obscene amount of data on hundreds of millions of ordinary people.

“There is no question there is going to be increased scrutiny of these kinds of practices,” said Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, “because Americans understand this is a dangerous time, but the government, if it’s going to collect [this amount of information], ought to have to say here’s how it contributes to security of the American people. They have not made that case.”

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“National Shame of America”

Posted by feww on August 2, 2013

“Land of the free and the home of the brave?”

The following are excerpts from a note sent to a colleague by his former associate who challenged us to publish it:

[Name removed]

“Re: Edward Snowden and his former employer, The National Shame of  America (NSA)”

“[…] you really make me laugh when you call your country land of the free and the home of the brave !!!”

“You chase your bravest out of the country and compel him to seek asylum from a quintessence of a ‘repressive’ country […] Land of the free and the home of the brave?

“Bro, I hate to find out what you put in your apple pies […]”

Cheers
[Name removed]

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