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Early Dividends of Alt-Right, Trump-Brand, Kosher White Supremacist “Coup” – Part 3

Posted by feww on June 19, 2017

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– UK Report # 21 –

Impact of Alt-Right, Kosher White Supremacist “Coup” in US and UK [Part 3]

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 of Report are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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Early Dividends of Alt-Right, Trump-Brand, Kosher White Supremacist “Coup”

Posted by feww on June 15, 2017

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– UK Report # 18 –

Impact of Alt-Right, Kosher White Supremacist “Coup” in US and UK [Part 2]

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Part 1 and 2 of Report are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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London Hit by Another Preventable Disaster

Posted by feww on June 14, 2017

Dozens Killed or Injured in London Towering Inferno

PM from Hell: Theresa May’s government could have stopped this tragedy, too, but it couldn’t give a damn!

At least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured, with 18 victims being in a critical condition, after a massive blaze raged through the night at a residential tower block in west London.

An unknown number of residents are missing, presumed dead.

Built in 1974, the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, west London, England, was home to 120 families. It’s part of the Lancaster West Estate, a sprawling inner-city social housing complex of about 1,000 homes.

The tower had recently undergone a major refurbishment costing the taxpayers the equivalent of $10 million.

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Terrorists Strike Manchester, UK

Posted by feww on May 23, 2017

Only a handful of terrorist organizations/ governments sick enough to target children

22 killed, 59 wounded in Manchester suicide bombing

At least 22 people, including children, have been killed and 59 others wounded in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

A “lone male attacker” detonated a “homemade bomb” in the foyer at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a performance by US singer Ariana Grande.

If this sickening act proves to be the work of Wahhabi terrorists, and it most probably was, it would also be a stab in the back for the so-called US presi-dent by the Saudi royal family.

Manchester explosion: Latest updates by Bbc

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports UK 01 – 10 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: United Kingdom

Posted by feww on March 14, 2017

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Girls ‘too poor’ to buy sanitary protection in the world’s 5th richest country

Background: The United Kingdom (UK) is world’s 5th richest country by GDP ($2.858 trillion), yet girls are missing school because they cannot afford sanitary protection, according to Freedom4Girls –a charity group that provides sanitary products to women in Kenya (and now doing the same in West Yorkshire).

It’s unclear how many girls were in this situation across the UK, a public health worker who assists Freedom4Girls told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

She was contacted by a teacher at a south Leeds school, who became concerned about teenage girls’ attendance.

“It’s happening in other schools. Teachers have told me they are buying towels to have just in case.

“If you’ve got no food, you’ve got no money for sanitary protection. If you have a mum with two teenage girls, that’s a lot of money each month when you’re on zero-hours contracts, benefits or low income.

“I wasn’t shocked at all… We had an idea that there was something happening in schools. It’s linked to poverty – 25,000 visits to food banks just in Leeds last year.”

More…

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Increase in global arms sales driven by demand in the Middle East and Asia –SIPRI

Posted by feww on February 20, 2017

United States, Russia, China, France and Germany responsible for 74 percent of global arms exports

Middle East: Between 2007–11 and 2012–16 arms imports by states in the Middle East rose by 86 per cent and accounted for 29 per cent of global imports in 2012–16, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

  • Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest arms importer with an increase of 212 percent.
  • Arms imports by Qatar went up by 245 per cent. “Over the past five years, most states in the Middle East have turned primarily to the USA and Europe in their accelerated pursuit of advanced military capabilities, despite much lower oil prices.

Asia: Arms imports by states in Asia and Oceania increased by 7.7 percent and accounted for 43 percent of global imports in 2012–16.

  • India was the world’s largest importer of major arms, accounting for 13 percent of the global total.
  • India’s imports were far greater than those of its regional rivals China and Pakistan.
  • Imports by countries in South East Asia increased 6.2 percent.
  • Vietnam made a particularly large jump from being the 29th largest importer in 2007–11 to the 10th largest in 2012–16, with arms imports increasing by 202 per cent.

“While China is increasingly able to substitute arms imports with indigenous products, India remains dependent on weapons technology from many willing suppliers, including Russia, the USA, European states, Israel and South Korea.”

Arms exporters: United States

USA was the top arms exporter in 2012– 16, accounting for a one-third of global arms exports. “Its arms exports increased by 21 per cent compared with 2007–11.

  • Almost half of the US arms exports went to the Middle East.
  • US supplies major arms to at least 100 countries around the world—significantly more than any other supplier state.
  • Advanced strike aircraft with cruise missiles and other precision-guided munitions and the latest generation air and missile defense systems account for a significant share of US arms exports.
  • UK Government has also ignored calls to stop selling weapons to repressive regimes, including Saudi Arabia, which has been accused by UN bodies of potentially committing war crimes in its military operation in Yemen.

Britain is the second biggest arms dealer in the world

  • Two-thirds of UK weapons have been sold to Middle Eastern countries since 2010, said a report.
  • Britain has also sold arms to 39 of the 51 countries ranked “not free” on the Freedom House “Freedom in the world” report, and 22 of the 30 countries on the UK Government’s own human rights watch list.
  • Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world, official government figures show – with two-thirds of the weapons fueling deadly conflicts in the Middle East.
  • The UK averaged second place in the global rankings on a rolling ten-year basis, making it Europe’s leading defense exporter in the period, said the UK Trade and Investment, a government body that promotes British exports overseas.
  • The Government has ignored calls to stop selling weapons to repressive regimes, including Saudi Arabia, which has been accused by UN bodies of potentially committing war crimes in its military operation in Yemen.

Russia accounted for a 23 percent of global exports. 70 percent of its arms exports went to four countries: India, Vietnam, China and Algeria.

China’s global arms exports almost doubled from 3.8 to 6.2 percent. It is now firmly a top-tier supplier, like France and Germany which accounted for 6 per cent and 5.6 per cent, respectively.

Other notable developments

  • Algeria was the largest arms importer in Africa.
  • The largest importers in sub-Saharan Africa—Nigeria, Sudan and Ethiopia—are all in conflict zones.
  • Colombia’s arms imports decreased by 19 percent, while Mexico’s arms imports grew by 184 percent.
  • Imports by states in Europe significantly decreased by 36 percent .
  • Imports by Azerbaijan were 20 times higher than those of Armenia in 2012–16.

The War Criminal
The war criminal Barack Obama “offered over $115 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia in 42 separate deals, more than any U.S. administration in the history of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. The majority of this equipment is still in the pipeline, and could tie the United States to the Saudi military for years to come,” said a report.

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UK Living in 18th Century

Posted by feww on February 15, 2017

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A third of UK lives on insufficient income: JRF

About a third of the UK population is living on an “inadequate” income, according to research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

  • The number of individuals below MIS rose by four million (27%), from 15 million to 19 million (from 25 to 30% of the population), between 2008/9 and 2014/5.
  • At least 11 million people are living far short of MIS, up from 9.1 million, who have incomes below 75% of the standard and are at high risk of being in poverty.

[The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) is a benchmark of adequate income based on what the public think people need for a minimum acceptable living standard in the UK. This analysis monitors changes in the number of people in households with incomes below MIS, and the number below 75% of MIS, an indicator of poverty.]

  • Six million children, that is 45% of all children in Britain, are among the 19 million below the MIS.
  • Some 1.8 million pensioners, representing 14.6% of the age group, live below MIS.

A working couple with two young children, living in social housing, each need to earn £18,900 a year.

Weekly rental values for a private two- bedroom apartment: £345  (£1,495 per month, or US$1,860) – but that’s just on paper.

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Significant Events – January 6, 2016

Posted by feww on January 6, 2016

North Korea Announces ‘Successful’ H-Bomb Test

North Korea says it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, as earthquake monitoring centers reported a magnitude 5.1 earthquake near the main nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

“The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016,” said the North Korean state TV.

16,000 Houses in England were flooded

About 16,000 houses in England were flooded during the wettest December on record, with entire communities swamped by rising waters, the UK Environment Secretary has said.

The numbers were not available for Scotland and Wales, as of posting.

December was wettest month for UK

December was the wettest month of any calendar month for the UK since  records began in 1910, according to data provided by the UK Met Office. Overall, 2015 was the sixth wettest year on record.

It was also the warmest December in 115 years, with  temperatures hovering around 7.9C (46F), typical for April or May, with the mean temperatures rising about 4C (7.2F) above the long-term average.

Scotland, Wales and the north west of England received record rain.

The head of the arboretum at Kew Gardens (SW London, UK) said the jumbling of seasons was causing problems in the natural world.

“The plants are really mixed up, they don’t know what season they’re in. They think spring is on the way, and they need to flower and grow leaves to make food.

“The seasons are normally quite short so they do it as soon as time allows.

“The downside is is that we could get a frost, and all these young leaves are very tender and not used to temperatures below freezing, and they won’t flower again in spring.

“And it’s a food source for insects that won’t be around when insects need it.”

Michigan Finally Declares a State of Emergency

Gov. Snyder has finally declared a state of emergency for Flint and Genesee County due to the contaminated drinking water crisis.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has confirmed it is investigating the contamination of drinking water supply in Flint.

The governor made the declaration “due to the ongoing health and safety issues caused by lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water,” said Snyder’s office in a news release.

“Genesee County declared an emergency on Monday and asked the state to do the same. The City of Flint has been under an emergency declaration since Dec. 14,” said a report.

 

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Historic Flooding: MO Gov. Activates National Guard

Posted by feww on December 30, 2015

DISASTER DIARY – DECEMBER 30, 2015

State of Missouri devastated by heavy rains, historic flooding

Extreme weather has devastated the State of Missouri killing at least 13 people, with the death toll exceeding 50 across southern and central U.S.

In response to historic flooding in parts of Missouri, Gov. Nixon has  activated the Missouri National Guard to support emergency response personnel. The Guard’s responsibilities will include providing security and preventing looting in evacuated areas.

The mobilization follows a state of emergency declaration in Missouri due to heavy rain and flooding.

As a result of this severe and prolonged storm system, river levels in some locations are predicted to exceed the historic crests during the Great Flood of 1993, according to a statement released by the governor’s office.

“As rivers rise to record levels, we are continuing to support Missouri communities and protect public safety during this historic flooding event,” said Gov. Nixon.

Flooding has already led to the evacuation of West Alton and caused hundreds of road closures across Missouri, including in St. Louis and all lanes of I-44 at Jerome near Rolla.

At least 13 flood-related deaths have been reported in Missouri, 12 of which were caused by vehicles being swept from flooded roadways.

“Highest Flood Records in History”

Forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) officials predict the Mississippi River at the Chester gauge, across the river from Perry County, will crest at 49.7 feet on Friday – matching the previous record set in 1993. In addition, the Mississippi River at Thebes south of Cape Girardeau is expected to crest at 47.5 feet on Saturday, nearly two feet above the previous record. Other rivers are also predicted to reach historic highs. For example, the Meramec River at Valley Park is forecast to crest at a record 42 feet.

Up to 15 million people across 9 states in the Midwestern United States were under flood warning, as of posting.

Eureka, MO completely cut off

The city of Eureka [pop: 12,000] located along Interstate 44 in St. Louis County, Missouri, is completely cut off by flood waters.

Additionally, floodwaters have swamped multiple other cities and towns including the cities of St. Louis and Pacific.

Thousand evacuated as Storm Frank hits UK

In the UK, Storm Frank has pummeled parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland leaving more severe floods in its wake, said a report.

“Scotland bore the brunt of the bad weather with hundreds of homes evacuated in the Borders towns of Dumfries, Hawick and Peebles.”

Severe flood warnings remain in place in several areas, following record-breaking rains. “The heaviest fell in Capel Curig in Wales, which had 1,000mm (39 inches) of rain, well above its December average of 300mm (12 inches).”

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Disaster Diary – December 26, 2015

Posted by feww on December 26, 2015

Severe weather threatens tens of millions of people across the U.S.

State of Emergency Declared in Alabama amid a “unique, significant rainfall event.”

Alabama Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency as floodwaters continue to bury homes, businesses and public infrastructure across the state in what a senior meteorologist called a “unique, significant rainfall event.”

“This isn’t the typical end of December weather,” said a meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham, Alabama. “This is a unique, significant rainfall event for this time of year. We get some severe weather this time of year, but to get this much rainfall this time of year is not typical.”

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) received three unconfirmed reports of tornadoes striking JEFFERSON and TUSCALOOSA  counties.

Meanwhile, NWS forecast a strong storm system would be moving from Rockies to Plains this weekend.

A storm system will strengthen this holiday weekend as it moves from the Rockies eastward through the Plains. A dangerous winter storm is forecast across portions of N.M., Tex. and Okla. where blizzard conditions are possible. Severe storms and heavy rain are possible in parts of the Gulf Coast region through the southern Plains to Ohio Valley on Saturday and Sunday where flooding is possible.

Further east, severe weather and flooding can be expected from east Texas to portions of the Mississippi Valley. Travel conditions will be hazardous in many locations through Sunday.

Dozens of Warnings, Advisories and Watches for severe weather are in effect across the U.S., as of posting.

 

Major wildfire burning uncontrollably, forcing mass evacuations, highway closures in SoCal

The massive blaze is devouring brush along PCH north of Ventura, threatening dozens of homes.

  • Mandatory evacuations have been imposed for the Solimar Beach community.
  • Campers were forced to evacuate at Emma Wood State Park.
  • Faria Beach Park campground was under voluntary evacuation.
  • Multiple section of Highway 101 and PCH were forced to close.
  • The fire grew to about 1,000 acres, as of posting.


Contributed photo/Johnny Corona/via VCS. A Ventura County Fire helicopter drops water on the Solimar Fire early Saturday morning.

 Deadly floods Displace 150,000 in Latin America

States of Emergency declared in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. 

Deadly flooding have forced about 150,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, prompting the authorities to declare states of emergency in multiple regions across the three countries.

At least 10,000 people were evacuated in Entre Rios province, and twice as many may need to be evacuated,  as floods threatened Concordia [pop: 170,000] located on the banks of the Uruguay River, the worst affected area, said the mayor, calling the deluge “the worst flooding in 50 years.”

“In November and December, the Rio de la Plata river basin in Argentina’s northeast received between 150 and 300 millimeters more rain than is typical for the period, the farm industry ministry said in a statement.,” AFP reported.

Death toll from flood related incidents in the affected areas stood at about a dozen, as of posting.

 

Great Ocean Road fire: Christmas Day blaze destroys 116 homes in Victoria

The massive bushfire in Victoria, Australia has destroyed at lease 116 homes, said a report.

“The fire, which has so far burned more than 2,200 hectares, is not yet under control.”

UK flood warnings: Homes evacuated amid record rain

At least 15 severe flood warnings are in effect and scores of homes have been evacuated, as record – heavy rain lashes parts of the UK, with Lancashire and Yorkshire counties bearing the brunt of flooding, said a report.

The UK Met Office has also issued two severe weather warnings, meaning danger to life, for rain in the two counties.

The UK Environment Agency has warned as much as a month’s rainfall would likely fall in one day in some areas.

Every river in Lancashire has exceeded record levels, the Agency said. The flood sirens have been activated in several towns/villages.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service warned: “A severe flood warning means danger to life. It doesn’t mean ‘come and have a look’! Please don’t come to visit Whalley or Ribchester now.”

“The village is under siege really,” a Ribchester resident told the BBC, describing the situation as “pretty grim,” with many homes at risk of flooding.

“The routes to the south are cut off and the route to the north, to Longridge, is under threat.”

A resident in Whalley said the situation was “a million times worse” than a fortnight ago when floods also hit.

“There are no more sandbags anywhere. People are panicking. That’s my business and my home, it’s a double whammy.”

  • The River Calder burst its banks in Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley.
  • Hebden Bridge town centre was one of the areas hit by floods on Boxing Day.
  • Flood sirens sounded in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.

Capel Curig in north-west Wales received the most rainfall in the 24-hour period to 09:00UTC Boxing Day, with a total of 168mm, the report said.

Up to 120mm of rain could fall over the most exposed sites in northern England on Boxing Day – with the average rainfall for the whole of December in the North West being 145mm, said Met Office forecasters.

Floods Minister Rory Stewart told BBC Radio: “As the rain falls, the rivers respond very quickly. Certainly what we’ve seen is rainfall levels that nobody’s ever seen before.”

 

M5.4 Earthquake Strikes DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE

Magnitude:  5.4mb [http://www.emsc-csem.org/]
Region: DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
Date/time: 2015-12-26 11:00:53.2 UTC
Location: 35.46 N, 27.42 E
Depth: 45km
Distances:

  • 329 km S of İzmir, Turkey [pop: 2,500,603]
  • 207 km E of Irákleion, Greece [pop: 137,154]
  • 131 km SW of Ródos, Greece [pop: 56,128]
  • 19 km E of Kárpathos, Greece [pop: 2,243]

Testimony: Witness location : Rhodes (Greece) (130 km NE from epicenter)

Today’s earthquake was very noticeable! Our Light fixtures in the living room, which are made of hanging crystals, like a Church Bell, they were moving horizontal ways creating really strong sound that is hard to miss, even being inside another room of the house. The Christmas Tree was also “dancing” in some ways but, Thank God, nothing fall from any wall, and no damage was occurred because of this earthquake.

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4 Towns Evacuated as Bushfire Consumes Homes in Victoria, Aus

Posted by feww on December 25, 2015

Blaze destroys homes, threatens towns in SE Australia

A major bushfire burning uncontrollably along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road has destroyed at least 50 homes, forcing evacuations and burning thousands of hectares, said a report.

More than 300 firefighters are battling the blaze overnight but are being hindered by the heavily forested terrain.

“The towns of Wye River, Grey River, Kennett River and Separation Creek have been evacuated, with only four people choosing to stay behind to protect their homes.

“Residents and holidaymakers were also urged leave Lorne and Allenvale, with Torquay and Geelong the safest options.”

 

UK Army deployed in Cumbria amid new flooding fears

Forecasters have warned heavy rain may cause flooding in the region later on Friday for the fourth time this month, with rivers already high and ground saturated, said a report.

“Rain will spread across Wales and northern England through the course of Christmas Day, reaching southern parts of Scotland during the early hours of Boxing Day, with prolonged spells forecast for south Cumbria.”

The county has already shattered the record for wettest December since records began in 1910.

Thousands of properties were affected when Storm Desmond brought a record amount of rainfall to Cumbria during the weekend of 5-6 December.

Four days later, further rain led to more flooding, and some parts of the county were inundated for a third time in a month on Tuesday after another deluge.

In addition to Cumbria, flood alerts have also been issued across other parts of the UK, with about three dozen flood warnings in place from Wales to Scotland as the effects of Storm Eva take hold, said the report.

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‘Damning evidence of war crimes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’

Posted by feww on October 7, 2015

US and UK arms transfers risk fueling further war crimes in northern Yemen: Amnesty

“Damning evidence of war crimes” committed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which is armed by the US and UK among others, urgently calls for an “independent, effective investigation of violations in Yemen” as well as “the suspension of transfers of certain arms,” said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

‘Bombs fall from the sky day and night’: Civilians under fire in northern Yemen examines 13 deadly airstrikes by the coalition in Sa’da, north-eastern Yemen, which killed some 100 civilians, including 59 children. It also documents the use of internationally banned cluster bombs

“This report uncovers yet more evidence of unlawful airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, some of which amount to war crimes. It demonstrates in harrowing detail how crucial it is to stop arms being used to commit serious violations of this kind,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser who headed the organization’s fact-finding mission to Yemen.

“The designation of large, heavily populated areas as military targets and the repeated targeting of civilian homes are telling examples revealing the coalition forces’ flagrant failure to take sufficient precautions to avoid civilian loss of life as required by international humanitarian law,” added Rovera.

At least 59 children were killed in the 13 airstrikes that have been documented by Amnesty International in the Sa’da region between May and July 2015, said the report.

“The world’s indifference to the suffering of Yemeni civilians in this conflict is shocking. The failure of the UN Human Rights Council last week to establish an international investigation into violations committed by all sides is the latest in a series of failures by the international community to address total impunity for perpetrators of serious violations in Yemen.”

The report is post on line: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/10/yemen-call-for-suspension-of-arms-transfers-to-coalition-and-accountability-for-war-crimes/

Thousands Killed in Yemen

The death toll from Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and fighting on the ground has now exceeded 5,000 people, including about 2,500 civilians,  since March 26, when Houthi fighters and allied army units forced Yemen’s “corrupt” president to flee the country.

9 in 10 deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in Yemen are civilian: UNOCHA

About 86 percent of the people killed or injured by explosive weapons are civilians, according to a report: “State of crisis: explosive weapons in Yemen,” issued this week by OCHA and NGO Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).

This number rises to 95 per cent when explosive weapons are used in populated areas.

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UK Sinkhole Forces Midnight Evacuations

Posted by feww on October 2, 2015

Large sinkhole opens up in St Albans, UK

A large sinkhole has opened up on a street in St Albans forcing the evacuation of dozens of residences in the night.

The sinkhole opened up in Fontmell Close, a cul de sac in the city of St Albans, Hertfordshire, leaving many homes in the area without water, gas and electricity, said the council.

“The return to normal is likely to take weeks and all agencies in Hertfordshire are working together to support families affected,” said the council spokesman.


Sinkhole in Fontmell Close, St Albans, UK. Credit: Hertfordshire County Council, Fire and Rescue Service

 

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Deadly Heatwaves Plague Europe

Posted by feww on July 19, 2015

Extreme heat continues to scorch much of Europe, killing hundreds and igniting forest fires in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain…

Health authorities in Italy have issued a level-3 “red alert” for at least 22 cities, while the fire authorities in Liguria placed the entire region under a forest fire alert as the elevated temperatures brought by the latest heatwave dubbed “Caronte,” and dry conditions posed significant risks.

Record temperatures in northwestern Italy have killed at least 140 senior citizens during the first ten days of July, according to data from the environmental agency, Arpa Piedmont, said a report.

“July 2015 has everything it takes to be among the hottest ever,” says a meteorologist with 3bmeteo. “[We are experiencing]  the most intense heat wave in 70 years.”

The extreme heat has caused a fall in production across Italian farms. Milk production in Italy fell by more than 50 million in the first two weeks of July due to the heat stressing the dairy cows, said a report.

Temperatures in many parts of Europe have been persistently above average by as much as 6ºC for more than three weeks.

Some 60,000 residents of Troyes, a town in the Champagne region of France, woke up in a sweat as the temperature climbed from 24ºC to 33°C, an increase of 9ºC (or 16.2 degrees F), in just one hour (between midnight and 1.00 am), in a phenomena called a heat burst, said a report.

An earlier heatwave that hit France between June 29 and July 5 left 700 dead and thousands more hospitalized, said a report quoting the country’s Ministry of Health.

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Significant Quake Strikes N of Napa, Calif.

Posted by feww on May 22, 2015

M4.1 earthquake strikes ENE of Yountville, Calif.

Centered at 38.429°N, 122.260°W the quake occurred at a depth of 8.9 km (5.5 mi), USGS/EHP reported.

EQ Details
Magnitude:4.1Mw
Location:38.429°N, 122.260°W depth=8.9 km
Time: 015-05-22 02:53:00 (UTC)

Nearby Cities:

  • 9km (6mi) ENE of Yountville, California
  • 14km (9mi) N of Napa, California
  • 23km (14mi) NE of Sonoma, California
  • 25km (16mi) WNW of Vacaville, California
  • 68km (42mi) WSW of Sacramento, California

Other Significant Quakes

  • M3.7, 2km WSW of Ramsgate, United Kingdom, 2015-05-22 at 01:52:16 UTC, depth=10.0 km
  • M4.6, 67km SW of Lixourion, Greece, 2015-05-21 at 15:31:19 UTC, depth=17.5 km

 

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Humans Defeated by No. 1 Mortal Enemy

Posted by feww on May 2, 2015

The super rich continue doubling their wealth

  • 80 richest people are wealthier than the bottom half of world population.

  • The number of richest people in the world has more than doubled since the financial crisis, up from 793 in March 2009 to 1,645 in March 2014. Their  aggregate net worth is $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion just a year ago, according to Forbes.

  • No of billionaires in Britain doubles in 5 years, their wealth up 2.2 folds since 2005.

  • There is an “unprecedented increase” in rates of severe material deprivation, according to Unicef’s global report.

  • More than one in four children in the UK are now living in poverty.

The United States

U.S. has the second highest relative child poverty rates in the developed world, according to a 2013 UNICEF report.

In 2013, about 50 million Americans were living in food insecure homes including 16.7 million children—an all time record.

Australia

One in Six of All Australian Children Live in Poverty

New Zealand

One in four Kiwi children, or more than 265,000, are living in poverty. But the corporate media say New Zealand is the 8th Happiest Country. “[Presumably among those with the highest rates of suicide.]”

Two out of five impoverished kiwi kids live in working families, yet for “each kiwi child in poverty, NZ Govt spends $10,000 (NZ$13,000)  on the military [to stop Ottoman Empire advancing on Otago!]”

The United Kingdom

The richest people in Britain more than doubled their wealth over the last decade, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2015*.

In contrast, 78 per cent of UK teachers surveyed (sample size: 2,452) said they “had seen pupils lacking energy and concentration as a result of eating poorly, 69 per cent had seen pupils coming to school hungry, and 80 per cent had seen pupils attending school in inappropriate winter clothing,” said a report.

The 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families in Britain now have a combined wealth of more than $838 billion (£547.126 billion), according to the list.

The figure has more than doubled since 2005 (£547 billion in 2015 compared with under £250billion in 2014), despite the global economic recession.

The 2015 list includes 117 billionaires, up from 104 last year, and more than twice the number of 53  just five years ago.

A minimum of about $153 million was required to make it into the UK’s top 1,000 richest people list this year [c.f, $23m in 1997,] said the report.

At least 80 of the UK’s wealthiest are based in London, making the capital home to more billionaires than any other city in the world.

In Eat your heart out, Alice!  Fire-Earth said:

The number of richest people in the world has more than doubled since the financial crisis, up from 793 in March 2009 to 1,645 in March 2014. Their  aggregate net worth is $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion just a year ago, according to Forbes.

In Richest one percent to own 50 percent of world’s wealth, Fire-Earth said:

80 richest people are wealthier than the bottom half of world population.

World’s richest 1% owned 48% of global wealth in 2014, with the remaining 52% shared between the other 99% of adults on the planet. “Almost all of that 52% is owned by those included in the richest 20%, leaving just 5.5% for the remaining 80% of people in the world,” says Oxfam, a British-based “anti-poverty”organization, in a new report.

The top 1% are projected to have more than 50% of total global wealth by 2016,according to data collated by Credit Suisse.

Wealth of the 80 richest people in the world has doubled in nominal terms in the 6 year-period between 2009 and 2014, while the wealth of the bottom 50% has decreased over the same period.

These 80 individuals have more wealth than the combined wealth of the bottom 50% of the global population (more than 3.5 billion people).

In 2010, the number of richest individuals who owned same amount of wealth as bottom half of the world’s population was 388.

“Global wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite.  The richest 1% of adults in the world have been increasing their share of total global wealth.” says the Oxfam report.

“The very richest of the top 1%, the billionaires on the Forbes list, have seen their wealth accumulate even faster over this period. In 2010, the richest 80 people in the world had a net wealth of $1.3tn. By 2014, the 80 people who top the Forbes rich list had a collective wealth of $1.9tn; an increase of $600bn in just 4 years, or 50% in nominal terms. Meanwhile, between 2002 and 2010 the total wealth of the poorest half of the world in current US$ had been increasing more or less at the same rate as that of billionaires; however since 2010, it has been decreasing over this time.”

The number of richest people in the world has more than doubled since the financial crisis, up from 793 in March 2009 to 1,645 in March 2014. Their  aggregate net worth is $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion just a year ago, according to Forbes.

“This group of people is far from being globally representative. Almost 30% of them (492 people) are citizens of the USA,” said Oxfam.

What’s NOT immediately obvious in the Oxfam report is that about 0.00000001 percent of the population, or one in 100 million people, has a  monopoly over the global economic and therefore political power, i.e., absolute power.

[Note: The Sunday Times is owned by Rupert Murdoch.]

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Record Freeze Hits England, Wales, N. Ireland

Posted by feww on December 29, 2014

Severe weather action alert issued for large portion of the UK

The UK Met Office has issued a severe weather (“amber”) alert for large portion of England, warning of “a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow” through December 31, which may “increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.”

The country recorded its coldest temperature of 2014 so far at -9C in Cromdale, Moray, on Saturday.

“The record lows come as parts of the UK have already been hit by sub-zero temperatures and forecasters warned of further plunging temperatures over the next three days,” said a report.

The amber (level three) alert is one below a national emergency (“red” alert) and is triggered by the Met Office when weather breaches any of the thresholds that “require social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.”

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‘Weather Bomb’ Hits UK

Posted by feww on December 10, 2014

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Explosive Cyclogenesis Brings Massive Lightning Storm to NW Britain

Thousands are without electricity, train and ferries have been cancelled, as a weather bomb, bringing a massive lightning storm and “exceptionally high” waves, hit northwestern UK.

The UK Met Office had earlier warned that western and northern Scotland and the far north of Northern Ireland could experience “dangerous conditions” on Wednesday due to a rapidly-developing Atlantic storm known as an Explosive Cyclogenesis, with wind gusts of up to 130 km/h.

Explosive Cyclogenesis is a rapidly deepening extratropical cyclonic low-pressure area. It occurs when the central pressure of a depression at 60˚ latitude drops by 24 millibars (hPa) or more in 24 hours.

A second storm front is forecast to move  across the U.K. on Thursday, said the Met Office.

Amber & Yellow warnings of severe weather have been issued by the UK Met Office

Regions affected by Amber warning:
Highlands & Eilean Siar, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, Strathclyde

Regions affected by Yellow warnings:
Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, East of England, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, London & South East England, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber

Satellite animation showing developing area of low pressure

UK-EU storm 10-12-2014
Lightning over 24 hours from 09:30 GMT on Tuesday, with darker colors indicating more recent strikes. Issued by UK Met Office/ via BBC.

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‘NATO is a destabilizing global force’

Posted by feww on September 3, 2014

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PERPETUAL MILITARIZATION
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HEGEMONY OVER WORLD’S RESOURCES
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NATO risks provoking a new Cold War —CND General-Secretary

Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is placing a an order with General Dynamics worth £3.5 billion [$5.7billion] for 590 Scout Specialist Vehicles—the largest MoD order for armored vehicles since the Cold War (I). 

The vehicles will be “highly-agile, tracked, medium-weight armored fighting vehicle, providing British troops with state-of-the-art best-in-class protection,” said world’s 4th largest defense contractor.

Details of the deal were released to coincide with the NATO summit on Thursday, where President Obama is expected to call on European leaders to honor their military spending commitments and allocate at least 2 percent of their nations’ GDP to buying weapons.

“With the second-largest defense budget in NATO, meeting NATO’s 2 percent of GDP spending target and investing in new capabilities to deal with the emerging threats, we are ensuring Britain’s national security, staying at the forefront of the global race and providing leadership within NATO,” said Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron.

Meantime, Britain is spending about $80million on security operations during the summit, which has begun in Newport, Wales. Some 10,000 police officers, drafted from forces across the UK, will be protecting at least 61 heads of states and hundreds of VIPs from protesters.

The authorities have erected a 20-km ‘ring of steel’  to guard the summit.

NATO Expansion

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has almost doubled in size—from 16 member states in 1990 to 28 in 2009. An additional 22 countries participate in NATO’s “Partnership for Peace program.”  Also, 15 other countries are involved in various programs. The combined military spending of NATO members amounts to more than 70% of the global total. Members have agreed to allocate 2% of their national GDP on military spending. Image source: automaticearth

“NATO is a destabilizing global force”

“Far from promoting security, NATO is a destabilizing global force,” said CND General-Secretary Kate Hudson.

“Its war of aggression in Afghanistan has killed tens of thousands and left that country fragmented: the ripples of which are being felt across the region.”

“Through its insatiable expansion into Eastern Europe, capitalizing on the vacuum left following the collapse of the USSR, NATO has contributed to heightening tensions around Russia and Ukraine, and risks provoking a new Cold War.”

“NATO has shown itself for what it is: an interventionist, expansionist, military club which favours threats over diplomacy.”

“We don’t want US/NATO nukes on European soil. We don’t want its wars of aggression. And we’re here to challenge this aggressive alliance which makes all of us less safe. Tens of millions around the world want peace, justice and an end to NATO.”

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UK Food Poverty Causing Massive Rise in Malnutrition Cases

Posted by feww on August 23, 2014

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Two-thirds of Brits surveyed wanted to eat healthy food, but couldn’t afford it 

The number of Brits admitted to hospitals for malnutrition has increased by staggering 19% since last year, according to a new report released by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH).

FPH blames the disaster on a combination of a 12% rise UK food prices and a  7.6% decline in wages since 2007.

“It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food. It’s getting worse where malnutrition, rickets and other manifestations of extreme poor diet are becoming apparent.” FPH told the BBC.

Health problems like rickets are becoming more apparent because people could not afford quality food in their diet, said FPH.

[NOTE: FPH is the standard-setting entity for specialists in public health in the United Kingdom. It includes more than 3,300 professionals working in public health. ]

Meantime, a survey of about 2,500 adults conducted by the British Heart Foundation in April found two thirds of UK adults wanted to eat healthy but could not afford healthy food.

About a million Brits rely on food banks, a massive rise of 163% since last year.

According to the Health and Social Information Center the number of patients admitted to hospitals under malnutrition in England and Wales has climbed from 5,469 to 6,520 since last year.

‘Absolute Poverty’

At least a million more working Britons have plunged into poverty as housing costs continue soaring, while wages remain stagnant, according to a UK government report released earlier this year.

The number of working age adults living in “absolute poverty” soared by at least one million, from 7.7 million in 2010-11 to 8.7 million in 2012-13, says a report published by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Meanwhile, the number of children living below the breadline rose from 3.6 million to 4.1 million during the two-year period, said the Child Poverty Action group, citing the Department of Work and Pensions’ report.

Shoplifting ‘Rising Exponentially’

Some people are resorting to shoplifting “simply to live.” Durham Police and Crime Commissioner told BBC.

“The evidence shows that shoplifting and theft in general is rising exponentially and there must be a reason for that,” he said, adding that it was important to address the causes of such crimes.

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Britain Battered by Barrage of Storms

Posted by feww on February 9, 2014

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Large swathes of SW UK submerged by yet more floodwater

Hundreds of Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts remain in effect across Britain, as the authorities issue 6 Severe Flood Warnings [“danger to life] for the southeast and the southwest portions of the flood-ravaged country.

Battered by a barrage of storms since late last year, including a major storm this weekend, Britain is bracing for yet another area of low pressure in the Atlantic reaching the country early Tuesday and  bringing more torrential rains.

High winds and torrential downpours affected much of the UK, especially southern England and western Wales, on Saturday and into early Sunday, with gusts of up to 138 km/hr reported on the coasts of Cornwall, the Bristol Channel and west Wales, said reports.

  • River Thames has burst its banks at Chertsey, Surrey with floodwaters threatening scores of homes.
  • Many roads have been closed due to flooding and fallen trees in Wales.
  • Millions of tons of water are being pumped out each day from the Somerset Levels and Moors, a large area of coastal plain and wetland in central Somerset, SW England, which has been submerged under several feet of water for many weeks.
  • Residents in several Somerset villages have been advised to leave their homes.

Rail Links to Southern UK Have Been Cut Off

  • The main railway between the two major counties of Devon and Cornwall was destroyed by high tides and giant waves earlier this week. A large section of sea wall collapsed at Dawlish in Devon and a long stretch of railway track was washed into the sea.
  • There are reports of damage also to the Somerset – Exeter rail link due to landslides.

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Massive Storm Striking Ireland, Britain

Posted by feww on February 8, 2014

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Potentially devastating superstorms lining up in Atlantic to batter Ireland next week

Met Éireann has issued a status orange weather warning, the highest in Ireland, for the southern counties as well as Wexford and Galway, with winds of 130-km/hr forecast as storm RUTH strikes the country.

A status yellow weather warning is in effect for counties Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and Meath, according to reports.

Flood alerts and wind warnings have been issued as Ireland braces itself for a series of  potentially devastating Atlantic superstorms and the ninth week of extreme rain events.

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Screenshot from a video taken by the Irish Gov. via Independent.ie

Massive Storm System Impacting UK

Some 482 Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts, including 3 Severe Flood Warnings [“danger to life,”] remain in effect throughout Britain as a massive storm system continues to batter the country with strong winds and persistent rain.

atlantic superstorm image 34 UKMetVisible Satellite image timed at 12:00 on Saturday February 8, 2014. © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office

The UK Environment Office has issued the following Flood Risk Assessment (Excerpts)

In Somerset there is a HIGH flood risk from river flooding on the Somerset Levels for today (Sat 8 Feb) and Sunday, with a high likelihood of severe impacts. River flooding in this area has been made worse by recent rainfall. Significant impacts are expected to continue in this area through the next week. In Chiswell in Dorset where the beach is degraded there is a HIGH flood risk from coastal flooding due to large waves and strong winds during this evening and during Sunday.

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Catastrophic Superstorm to Smash into Britain Shortly

Posted by feww on February 7, 2014

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Gigantic Atlantic storm to crash into Britain in a few hours

Britain braces for possibly the worst ever hurricane-force winds and extreme rain events.

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An Atlantic Superstorm packing major hurricane force winds of 240+km/hr is about to smash into Britain in the next few hours [Image Source: magicseaweed.com]

More Intense than the Great Storm of 1987

Forecasters say the superstrom about to hit Britain is more intense than the Great Storm of 1987, which left at least 22 people dead in Britain and France, causing substantial damage over much of England, and uprooting an estimated 15 million trees.

Giant Waves

Colossal storm surges generating 25-meter waves are forecast to bury coastal areas along the entire west coast this weekend triggering unprecedented flooding and widespread destruction.

UK Met Office

The UK Met Office said: “An Atlantic frontal system will bring a band of rain quickly eastwards during Friday night and early Saturday, with the heaviest rain again likely to be across parts of southern England, followed in turn by heavy showers.”

“Winds will also be a feature during Friday night and Saturday with severe gales possible around coasts in the south and southwest of England.The low pressure system is expected to sweep past the Irish coast on Saturday before smashing into the UK.“The deep area of low pressure will move east into Ireland during Saturday,” said the Met Office.

“Severe gales [are] likely to develop on the southern flank, with parts of southwest England and coastal districts bordering the Bristol Channel and English Channel bearing the brunt of the strongest winds, particularly through Saturday afternoon and evening.

“These winds will also whip up large waves over the eastern Atlantic which will affect southwest facing coasts during Saturday.”

“Weather forecasters say the exceptional low pressure driving the storm threatens to whip up gales which could exceed 100mph – way off the Beaufort scale,” said a report.

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Superstorm to Hit UK

Posted by feww on February 5, 2014

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Massive Atlantic depression heading toward Britain this weekend: UK Met Office

Major hurricane force winds are forecast to “smash” into the UK, causing significant damage this weekend. The storm could prove to be more devastating than the October St Jude’s Day Storm.

“A very low depression is coming in from the Atlantic on Friday night which we are expecting to be significant. Heavy downpours will bring two inches of rain in some parts of the UK,” said the UK Met Office.

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Visible satellite image showing a major storm system that struck Ireland and Britain today. UK Met Office.

Today’s Powerful Storm

A powerful storm plowed into SW England and south Wales washing away parts of a railway line and leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses without electricity.

The storm has reportedly caused significant damage to several coastal areas in the UK and much of Ireland.

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IR satellite image showing a major storm system that struck Ireland and Britain  today (see inset for frame time). UK Met Office. Image enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

The UK Environment Agency has issued hundreds of Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts, including 9 Severe Flood Warnings, meaning “danger to life,” across England and Wales, as of posting.

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Storms Cause Major Power Outages in UK

Posted by feww on February 5, 2014

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UK battered by storm after storm

Powerful storms packing hurricane-force winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes south-west of England and Wales.

Thousands of hectares of land in Somerset Levels remain submerged as more driving rain is forecast for the region.

Scores of villages have been cut off for weeks , according to reports.

Many train services in SW England and Wales have been canceled due to extreme weather conditions, fallen trees, flooding and damage to the lines and facilities.

The UK Environment Agency has issued hundreds of flood warnings and alerts, including 6 severe flood warnings, meaning “danger to life” for SW England. A severe flood warning covers the entire south Cornwall coast.

“As long as the jetstream continues to be in a locked position, we will continue to see storm after storm,” said a climatologist at BBC. “There will be another bout of potentially damaging winds into the morning rush-hour.”

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