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China’s War on Nature Intensifies

Posted by feww on March 23, 2012

Taking too long to melt!

Military planes bombard ice-jammed waterways in north China


Ice-jammed waterways in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region are  bombarded by Chinese military planes, March 20, 2012. (Xinhua). Image may be subject to copyright. More images…

Chairman Mao (1940 speech):

For the purpose of attaining freedom in the world of nature, man must use natural science to understand, conquer, and change nature, and thus attain freedom from nature.

Freud (1856 – 1939):

There is, indeed, another and a better path: that of becoming a member of human community, and, with the help of a technique guided by science, going over to attack against nature and subjecting her to human will.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 23

[March 23, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,454 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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War on Nature: Danube Dynamited

Posted by feww on February 8, 2012

Serbian authorities use explosives to unblock frozen Danube

The authorities in Serbia are dynamiting the Danube and Ibar to crush massive ice blocks formed on long stretches of  the two rivers in a desperate attempt to unblock shipping lanes and prevent flooding in heavily populated areas.

The official death toll from Europe’s deep freeze has exceeded 450, with thousands more injured. Tens of thousands of people remain isolated by massive snowstorms, as more frozen bodies are found in France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and across the Balkans.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 8

[February 8, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,498 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Europe.The big freeze which began 11 days ago has affected the entire continent, leaving at least 450 dead [NOTE: the actual death toll could be much higher] and thousands afflicted with hypothermia and frostbite.
    • More frozen bodies have been found in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and across the Balkans.
    • Temperatures in some areas plunged to as low as -40ºC (minus 40ºF).
    • The authorities in Serbia are dynamiting massive ice blocks formed on the Danube and Ibar rivers to unblock shipping lanes and prevent flooding in heavily populated areas.
    • The severe cold has increased demand for oil and natural gas in Europe, a third of which is supplied by Russia.
    • About 500 hundred villages in southern Croatia are buried under up to 6 f3et of snow, without access to food and medicine.
    • The freeze is expected to continue.

Other Global Disasters

  • Philippines. Death toll from the strong quakes that struck Negros on Monday has risen to at least 48 with more than 100 reported as missing, a report said.
    • Most of the deaths occurred in Guihulngan City, and in the towns of La Libertad, Tayasan, Jumalalud and Bindoy.
    • At least 52 people were injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Significant Incidents

  • Sado Fukin, Japan. A 5.7Mw quake struck about 75km west of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture, Japan
    • Region Name: Sado Fukin (W of Niigata, Honshu, Japan)
    • Occurred at: 21:01 JST 08 Feb 2012
    • Epicenter: 37.9N 138.2E
    • Depth: 10 km
    • The quake was followed by at least one aftershock measuring 3.1Mw, as of posting. (Source: JMA)


Sado Fukin Earthquake Map. Source: JMA

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The Great Southern California ShakeOut

Posted by feww on February 21, 2010

Facilitating Corporate War Against Nature

‘Scientific Mandate’ Helps Corporment* Technicians Alienate Scared Audiences from Nature

In the same way “BERT DUCKS and Covers” helped to fan the flames of Cold War, the “Great Southern California Shakeout”  and its  “drop, cover and hold on” one-liner are engineering public alienation from nature on behalf of the Corporment.

The enemy has changed, from the old Cold war Adversary, Soviet Union, to Mother Nature, but the tried and tested mantra has remained the same: “Our lifestyle is not negotiable [sic.]”

The Corporment can’t afford having large numbers of people going around worrying about how to protect nature against their usual business.

*[Corporment = Government ruled by corporate interests]

Ever Heard of ‘Duck and Cover’?

Now, it’s:  “drop, cover and hold on”

And be sure to recite a prayer for the earthquake dead …

The following is a public information notice:

Great Southern California Shakeout results provide new communication strategies

Researchers who devised the largest earthquake preparedness event ever undertaken in the United States say one of the biggest challenges was translating devastation projections from a hypothetical magnitude 7.8 San Andreas Fault temblor into timely, usable information to the more than 5 million California participants in 2008.

Known as the Great Southern California Shakeout, the event was designed by more than 300 experts in fields including earth sciences, engineering, policy, economics and public health, said University of Colorado at Boulder Research Professor Keith Porter, who coordinated estimates of physical damages in the scenario. He said the interests of the scientists — including high-tech research and state-of-the-art projections — did not always coincide with concerns of the general public and emergency preparedness planners looking for timely, simple information on issues.

“One of the biggest challenges of the ShakeOut was to get scientists to speak the language of citizens,” said Porter of CU-Boulder’s civil, environmental and architectural engineering department. “While many researchers were concerned about advancing the state of science through different modeling scenarios and debate, the citizens made it clear to us they needed the big picture.”

Porter gave a presentation on the subject at the 2010 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held Feb. 18-22 in San Diego. Porter’s talk was part of a session titled “Earthquake Science and Advocacy: Helping Californians Live Along the San Andreas Fault.” The Great Southern California ShakeOut event was led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Pushing the limits of science, including efforts like the ShakeOut, almost invariably creates a lack of consensus among scientists that can cause confusion in the public sector leading to “ambiguity aversion” — a preference by people to deal with known risks and to avoid dealing with risks where there is significant disagreement about the level of uncertainty, said Porter. “We found these people needed a single, discreet, story, which led us to explore and present what we thought was a single, realistic outcome of the hypothetical earthquake, as opposed to a discussion of possible outcomes.”

The 2008 ShakeOut scenario and a follow-up 2009 ShakeOut exercise involving more than 5 million Californians participating in “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drills and other family, school and organizational emergency plans were huge successes, causing the USGS and collaborators to make the ShakeOut an annual event, Porter said. “Our hope is the activities undertaken by participants will become second nature,” he said. “In a sense it is similar to people taking CPR courses annually to keep up to speed.”

The USGS team that created the ShakeOut is now creating an emergency preparedness scenario known as ARkStorm to simulate the outcome of a series of massive West Coast storms similar to those that pounded California in 1861 and 1862. Those storms lasted for 45 days, flooded vast areas of northern and southern California, submerged a swath of the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys 300 miles long and up to 60 miles wide and inundated large areas of Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Such storms draw heat and moisture from the tropical Pacific Ocean, forming “atmospheric rivers” that cause damage on the same scale of earthquakes and are projected to become more intense as a result of climate change, said Porter. Porter is leading the ARkStorm team that is assessing the potential outcome from such a storm in terms of physical damages, repair costs and the restoration time for buildings, dams, levees, harbors, bridges, roads, water supply systems and electric power.

Contact: Keith Porter
Keith.Porter@Colorado.edu
303-492-2732
University of Colorado at Boulder

YOU can be smart like Bert, but you need a shelter on your back, too!

Skeptics could order their own personal earthquake-proof shelter from the nearest branch of [name and address withheld :)]


Brewster Body Armor offers some protection, but is more mobile than the mobile shelter! Source: Flickr


Mobile Shelter. Be sure to duck your head down and under the shelter when the earthquake strikes! Source: Flickr


And there’s protection for your pooch, too … Source: Flickr

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