Monday, November 24, 2014

SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Precursors To The End Of The United States Corporation - No Indictment In The Ferguson Case; Michael Brown's Mother Collapse Outside Station; Father "Devastated"; Protesters Declared They Are "Ready For War"; Scenes Of Chaos; Looting; Cars Vandalized; Gunshots; Police Attacked; President Obama Says "American Isn't Everything That It Could Be"! UPDATE: Coast To Coast - Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Fuels Fury Across The United States! [VIDEOS]

A protester, demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August, shouts slogans while
stopping traffic while marching through a suburb in St. Louis, Missouri November 23, 2014. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)

- Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted on any charges for shooting and killing unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, a St. Louis grand jury has decided.

The grand jury's decision was announced Monday evening by Bob McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County. He said that "no probable cause exists" to file any charges against Wilson.

Michael Brown's mother collapsed in tears as the verdict was announced - as the victim's stepfather screamed 'Burn this b**** down'. Spokeswoman for Michael Brown Sr. says he is "devastated."

Meanwhile, Wilson's attorneys issued a statement in which he thanked 'those who have stood by his side throughout the process'.

WATCH: No indictment for Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown.

Officer Wilson potentially faced charges of first- or second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter. At least nine of the 12 people on the jury needed to agree to bring charges in order to indict Wilson. It's unclear exactly how that vote unfolded.

In the wake of the decision, the Brown family released a statement saying:

Michael Brown graduated from Normandy High School last spring and was
preparing to attend Vatterott College, where he planned to study to become a
heating and air conditioning technician. Friends say he eventually wanted to
go into business for himself. Relatives and friends described Brown, who
grew up in a tough neighborhood, as a quiet, gentle giant who stood around
6-foot-3 and weighed nearly 300 pounds. He was unarmed
on the day he was killed.
"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."

News of the grand jury's decision did not go over well with protesters, some of whom threw objects and began smashing up a police vehicle. Officers deployed tear gas in an effort to disperse demonstrators.

According to McCulloch the grand jury heard 70 hours of testimony from more than 60 witnesses. Full transcripts from the grand jury process will be made public, he added.

Ahead of the decision, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for calm and restraint from protesters and police.

"While none of us knows what that [decision] will be, our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint," he said.

The governor added that the state is doing everything it can to "protect lives, protect property, and protect the freedom of speech.” The governor added that police will “continue to maintain open lines of communication” with protesters “to improve interaction”with law enforcement.

The decision comes about two months after the grand jury was convened to look into charging Wilson with a crime. Brown was killed on August 9, though there have been conflicting accounts regarding his death.

The grand jury heard testimony from numerous witnesses, some of which reportedly claimed that Brown was trying to surrender to Wilson when he was shot. However, other witnesses – as well as Wilson himself – claim Brown was involved in a physical confrontation with the officer before he was killed. According to reports, Wilson told the grand jury that Brown punched him while he was in his vehicle and also charged at him despite orders to stop.

Demonstrators gather outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson Missouri, on November 24, 2014 to protest the death of 18-year-old unarmed
black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot to death by a white police officer. (AFP Photo/Michael B. Thomas)

Demonstrators chant 'hands up, don't shoot' as they protest in front of the Ferguson police department on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
(ustin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

Police have tried to break up the violent crowds by using tear gas on Monday night. The President and U.S. Attorney General have called
for restraint from law enforcement in dealing with protesters

An independent autopsy report conducted on behalf of the family found that Brown had been shot at least eight times – six times from behind. Jerryl Christmas, one of the Brown family attorneys, said the results indicated there was no struggle.

"The evidence shows that the story we've been given by the Police Department does not match up,"attorney Jerryl Christmas said, as cited by the AP."There's no evidence that there was a gun battle going on."

Meanwhile, an autopsy conducted by the St. Louis County medical examiner found evidence of residue on Brown’s hand that would support the idea that Wilson shot the teenager at close range. Leaked details from the autopsy suggest it also indicated that Brown and Wilson were engaged in a “significant altercation” inside of or near Wilson’s car.

WATCH: Riots break out in Ferguson - Gunfire, molotovs and tear gas reported.

Brown’s death sparked immediate criticism from residents and those around the country who believed Wilson used excessive force. Protesters took to the streets calling for Wilson to be identified – police at the time refused to declare who killed the teen – and for him to face charges. Demonstrations lasted for weeks, with law enforcement responding strongly by arriving at protests in riot gear, with armored vehicles, and by using tear gas to clear out activists.

President Obama, speaking live to the nation after the decision in Ferguson not to indict a police office for the killing of Michael Brown, said that "America isn't everything that it could be."

WATCH: Obama - "America isn't everything that it could be".

"We shouldn't try to paper it over," said Obama. "Whenever we do that the anger may momentarily subside, but over time it builds up. And America isn't everything that it could be. And I am confident that if we focus our attention on the problem and we look at what has happened in communities around the country effectively, then we can make progress not just in Ferguson but in a lot of other cities and communities around the country."

Obama made the statement as a split screen showed mayhem breaking out in Ferguson, Missouri.

WATCH: Ferguson descends into chaos.

WATCH: Coast to Coast - Ferguson fury across US as cop acquitted of teen killing.

- RT.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Latest Report Of Volcanic Eruptions, Activity, Unrest And Awakenings – November 24, 2014!

November 24, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Fogo (Cape Verde): Lava flows cut road

Lava flow from Fogo (Fogonews)

The new eruption, so far small inside the Cha caldera, continues. It is taking place from a fissure with two closely spaced vents on the southwest side of the Pico de Fogo, very near to the 1995 eruption vents.

The upper vent produces ash, the lower one feeds lava fountains (or continuous strombolian activity) and several 'a'a lava flows. One of the lava flows quickly cut the main road through the caldera, but no other major damage has been reported.

Lava flow from Fogo cutting the road in the caldera (Fogonews)

Ash plume from Fogo (HOTVOLC / OPGC-LMV / Culture Volcan)

Lava fountains and flow from the new eruption at Fogo (Fogonews)

A SO2 plume mixed with some ash is visible on satellite data in distances of up to 150-200 km from Fogo.

Army, Civil Protection and the Red Cross have been mobilized to monitor the situation and coordinate possible evacuations if needed. Ships have been called to be on standby.

WATCH: The Fogo volcano erupts.

Kilauea (Hawai'i): Lava front retreats away from Pahoa

To present, USGS-HVO and County of Hawai`i report that lava has reoccupied the tube system only as far as the cracks near the old geothermal well site (recognized as a clearing in the thicker forest in photographs). From there, it has spilled out and is forming a new flow lobe farther west from the previous one which stopped just short of Pahoa Village Road and that now appears to be hardening without further advance.

USGS-HVO/NASA image of active flow areas on November 22, 2014.

USGS-HVO photo of lava activity escaping crack system more than 3mi/5km from Pahoa village on November 19, 2014.

The current front is now 5.8km/3.6mi upslope from Apa`a St measured in a straight line, which means Pahoa has escaped its most urgent threat. The county is reopening the Pahoa Village Road today, previously blocked off as the power company reenforced their poles with huge piles of rock, which they have now removed again to allow the flow of traffic.

While it's possible that the new flow could turn towards the outskirts of Pahoa again, it took the previous flow 7 weeks to reach Apa`a St and it's reasonable to expect a similar timeline again, keeping in mind that another flow front may develop near the breakout site nearby Pu`u Kahauale`a and divert much of the lava that could otherwise head to Pahoa. The next several days of lava activity should give some hint of an answer to the question. Finally, it may be noteworthy that there has been increased earthquake activity south of the caldera, with a 3.6 and 3.3 felt by area residents in the past 3 days.

Shishaldin (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): Increased activity

A surge of activity was detected at the volcano. The Alaska Volcano Observatory writes:

Current seismic signal (SSLW station, AVO)

"Seismic activity has increased over the past two hours and more sharply over the past 30 minutes, suggesting that the eruption at Shishaldin has intensified. Ash emissions beyond the immediate summit crater are more likely while seismic activity is increased. Satellite images from earlier tonight show elevated surface temperatures near the volcano's summit."

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Weak explosive activity at summit vents, increased CO2 emissions

Lava effusion seems to have stopped completely since about a week ago. Small strombolian explosions continue to occur sporadically from vents in the northern and central crater terrace at the summit.

Strombolian acttivity at the summit vents of Stromboli (INGV)

CO2 flux measured on Stromboli (INGV)

The apparent low activity may be the "calm before the storm": a surge in CO2 gas emissions since the beginning of November indicates that fresh magma might be on the rise within the conduit (CO2 being the least soluble magmatic gas and the first to leave the new magma).

One possibility is that the arrival of new magma leads to a strong initial (and very dangerous) explosion. This scenario occurred in 2003 and 2007 during similar stages of activity (after the end of a sustained lava flow).

Dukono (Halmahera): Activity update

A series of stronger explosions and/or elevated ash emissions produced a plume at 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude extending almost 150 km to the west of the volcano.

Colima (Western Mexico):  Large explosion on Friday, 5 km eruption column

Eruption column from yesterday's explosion at Colima (Photo: Mario Anguiano M. / ‏@gobernador_mam / Twitter)

A strong explosion occurred yesterday afternoon, producing a 5 km tall ash plume.

Ash fall occurred in up to 25 km distance in the municipalities of Zapotiltic and Tamazula de Gordiano.

The vulcanian-type eruption was likely the result of accumulated gas/magma pressure that ejected a solid plug blocking the vent.

Cerro Negro de Mayasquer (Colombia):  Continuing earthquakes, appearance of seismic tremor

The seismic crisis that began last year continues at high intensity. During the ongoing swarm more than 206,000 earthquakes have been detected in an area 4 km south of the Chiles-Cerro Negro complex since 29 Sep alone. Daily numbers of quakes have ranged between 3700-5400 earthquakes.

While most quakes have been very small, a few were strong enough to be felt by local inhabitants.

One possible cause of the earthquake swarm is a magma intrusion at depth, which could be a precursor to new activity of the volcano. This hypothesis is becoming more likely since weak episodes of seismic tremor have started to appear on seismic recordings of stations near the volcano. Tremor are long-lasting regular ground vibrations typical for fluid movements at depth. These could be magma, gasses and/or hydrothermal fluids (water). Which of them is responsible cannot be said at the moment.

WATCH: Seismic activity at the Cerro Negro complex.


Reventador (Ecuador):  New lava flow on upper NW flank

Infrared image of the lava flow on Reventador volcano on 10 Nov (IGEPN)

A new lava flow is active on the upper NW flank of the volcano, originating from the base of its lava dome. Likely, the flow started in mid to late October; on 19 Nov, it had a length of less than 1 km.

- Volcano Discovery.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Another Banker Bites The Dust – MassMutual Senior Vice President Found Dead, Stabbed In The Chest In Apparent Homicide?!

- A week after stunned Tribeca woke up to news of a grizzly death in which a Citigroup managing director living on Greenwich Street was found dead in his bathtub with a slashed throat and the lack of a suicide weapon on the scene suggesting there was foul play involved, another banking executive was killed over the weekend, when 54-year-old Melissa Millian, a senior vice president at MassMutual, was found lying in a road in Simsbury, Connecticut, having been stabbed in the chest.

As CBS reports, initially there was speculation Millian may have been in a bicycle accident, or may have been the victim of a hit-and-run.  However on Saturday, the office of the Chief State Medical examiner said the cause of her death was a stab wound to the chest, and the manner was homicide.

According to WCVB, Millan, a mother of two, was a senior vice president at MassMutual in Springfield. A spokesman for the company said she was a tremendous leader and deeply caring and that she would be missed.

Passing motorists found Millan lying on the ground Thursday at 8:04 p.m., according to Simsbury police.

Police said she could have been out jogging but that they did not yet know what happened and are investigating. Millan was taken to St. Francis Hospital where she died, according to police.

Police announced Saturday they were investigating the incident as a homicide.

As Breaking911 further adds, MassMutual was shocked by the news, with a company spokesperson saying that "Melissa’s tremendous leadership qualities, business acumen and deeply caring nature will be missed by those who had the opportunity to work with her." 
Friends, who gathered to pay their respects, said Millan was a dedicated athlete and an incredible mother.

“Devastated…shocked and angry. That a woman, such a woman’s life, could have been ended so senselessly and so cruelly,” said friend Lynne Tapper.
According to MassLive, people using the popular bike path that runs through the town said they were shocked to hear someone as stabbed to death along the trail which they consider safe.
The path is connected to a series of linked bikeways that start in Westfield and head south, running though most of Connecticut. It is popular with Western Massachusetts residents.

Sunday several people stopped at the memorial to mourn the death of the woman who was known as a triathlete as well as a parent and a skilled professional. They declined to talk to the media. A vigil was held earlier on Sunday in Farmington sponsored by Team Training New England.

The organization's website called Millan an "an extraordinary human being" and set up a memorial page for her.

"Melissa has been a pillar of the TTNE community since she first trained with us in 2006. Regardless of her formidable responsibilities at home and at work, she made every effort to mentor 'newbie' triathletes and provide moral and other support to her team members year in and year out, without fail!" the website said.

People who use the path said it is well-lit and there are always people walking or driving by.

"I was very surprised," said Donna Morris, of Simsbury, who was walking her four-month-old mixed breed dog at dusk Sunday. "I walk here sometimes and I haven't had a problem."

The path runs along Iron Horse Boulevard, a divided roadway with plenty of traffic. The memorial was set up less than 20 feet from a popular playground which was filled with children and their parents Sunday afternoon. Behind the playground is a dog park that is also popular. Across the street from the playground is a group of shops.

"It looks like someone would have seen something," Morris said. Tonia Kagan, of West Hartford, reacted with shock when she learned the bouquets had been placed there to remember Millan.

"I love this path," she said. "My husband is in the dog park now. It is a lovely place." She likened Simsbury to West Hartford, saying it is usually peaceful and violence is rare.

"I use this path a lot and I'm shocked and surprised...I always feel very safe," said Lucinda, who declined to give her last name.
Was this another targeted murder in an otherwise sleepy neighborhood, and if so, what was the motivation to take out a mother of two and active member of the local community? The police investigation is ongoing. - Zero Hedge.

EXTREME WEATHER: East Coast Storm To Snarl Thanksgiving Travel - Heavy Rainfall And Snow Will Cause Major Disruptions And Delays!

November 24, 2014 - UNITED STATES
- A storm with rain and heavy snow will cause major disruptions and delays for Thanksgiving travel on the East Coast and in the Appalachians.

Rain will initially spread northward along the Interstate-95 with snow and rain to start farther west in the I-81 corridor. However, a change to snow will take place from west to east from northern Virginia to New England.

The storm will bring mostly snow to the I-81 swath in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York state, as well as much of interior New England, where a general 6-12 inches of snow are forecast.

Some places across the Hudson Valley and New England could even have snow totals exceeding a foot.

"The storm should rapidly strengthen off the coast of New England on Wednesday night, leading to strong and gusty winds, especially near the coast. This would lead to some blowing and drifting of the snow, making travel on Wednesday night very difficult," stated Meteorologist Ben Noll as he discussed the impacts in this storm scenario.

Enough rain, low clouds and poor visibility will occur to lead to airline and highway delays ahead of the snow.

Rain will change to snow in the I-95 cities from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, to Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and Portland, Maine, during the latter part of the storm.

While the heaviest snow will fall in the northern and western suburbs of the I-95 Northeast cities, enough snow can fall to make city roads slushy and slippery.

Best Bets for Avoiding Weather-Related Travel Delays

The best bet for ground and air travel in the mid-Atlantic and New England will be during the day Tuesday and Tuesday night. Travel by ground may be satisfactory in northern New England Tuesday morning. However, for those traveling long distance by vehicle will run the risk of getting caught in the snowstorm Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Even though weather conditions will improve in the South later Wednesday and Wednesday night, possible flight delays may continue as some aircraft originating from the Northeast may be stuck in the snowstorm.

Travel conditions will improve on Thanksgiving Day in the Northeast. However, some roads may still be snow-covered early in the day. Be on the lookout for icy spotty Thanksgiving night as areas that were previously wet and slushy can become icy.

Travelers in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast planning to head to their Thanksgiving destinations should continue to check back with for the latest on this storm and consider travel alternatives.

Timeline of the Worst Weather Conditions for Travel

Florida The worst conditions for travel due to rain and thunderstorms will be Tuesday into Tuesday night. Travel will improve from north to south on Wednesday.

Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, to Charleston, South Carolina
The worst travel conditions due to rain will be Tuesday night into early Wednesday. Travel conditions will improve Wednesday afternoon and night.

Raleigh, North Carolina, to Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia
The worst conditions due to rain will be on Wednesday. Travel conditions will improve Wednesday night.

Washington, D.C. and Baltimore
Rain, or a mix of wet snow and rain will slow travel Wednesday morning, but the worst conditions will be during the afternoon and evening as rain changes to snow. Roads will become slippery.

Rain, or a mix of wet snow and rain will slow travel Wednesday morning and midday, but the worst conditions will be from the middle of the afternoon into the evening as rain changes to snow. Roads will become slippery.

New York City
Rain, or a mix of wet snow and rain will slow travel into Wednesday afternoon, but the worst conditions will be toward evening into Wednesday night as snow falls. Some roads will become slippery.

Rain, or a mix of wet snow and rain will slow travel during the day Wednesday, but the worst conditions will be Wednesday night as snow falls. Some roads will become slippery.

Roanoke, Virginia
Rain will change to snow Wednesday morning. The worst conditions will be during the day Wednesday. Roads will become snow-covered and slippery.

Harrisburg and Scranton, Pennsylvania
Rain will change to snow Wednesday morning. The worst conditions will be during the day Wednesday into Wednesday evening. Roads will be snow-covered and slippery.

Binghamton and Albany, New York
Snow will arrive Wednesday morning. The worst conditions will be Wednesday afternoon and night. Roads will be snow-covered and slippery.

Worcester, Massachusetts and Concord, New Hampshire
Snow will fall Wednesday midday. The worst conditions will be late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night. Roads will be snow-covered and slippery.

- AccuWeather.