Monday, August 26, 2013

WORLD WAR III: Secretary Of State John Kerry Makes Case For Military Invasion Of Syria, Says Chemical Arms Attack In Syria Is "Undeniable" - Pres. Obama Seeks "Accountability" For Syrian Chemical Weapons Use, Raising Potential For Imminent Military Response!

August 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES -  Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the use of chemical weapons in attacks on civilians in Syria last week was undeniable and that the Obama administration would hold the Syrian government accountable for a “moral obscenity” that had shocked the world’s conscience.

In some of the administration’s most strident language yet, Mr. Kerry accused the Syrian government of cynically seeking to cover up the use of the weapons, rejected its denial of responsibility for a “cowardly crime.”
Mr. Kerry’s remarks, in a prepared statement he read at the State Department, reinforced the administration’s toughening stance on the Syria conflict, which is now well into its third year, and he suggested that the White House, in consultation with America’s allies, was moving closer to a military response.
“The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity,” Mr. Kerry said.

“By any standard, it is inexcusable,” he went on . “And despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable.”

Mr. Kerry also said the Syrian government’s refusal to allow immediate access to the attack sites last Wednesday was a telling indicator that it was trying to hide responsibility. Even though the Syrian government finally permitted a United Nations team to investigate starting Monday, he said, the government’s authorization was “too late” to be credible.

“Our sense of basic humanity is offended not only by this cowardly crime but also by the cynical attempt to cover it up,” he said.

Mr. Kerry spoke hours after United Nations inspectors were finally allowed access to one of the attack sites. Despite shooting from unidentified snipers that disabled their convoy’s lead vehicle, the inspectors still managed to visit two hospitals, interview witnesses and doctors and collect patient samples for the first time since the attack last week that claimed hundreds of lives.

WATCH: John Kerry's Statement.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that he had instructed his top disarmament official, Angela Kane, who was visiting Damascus, to register a “strong complaint to the Syrian government and authorities of opposition forces” to ensure the safety of the inspectors after the assault. There was no indication that any member of the inspection team had been hurt.

Mr. Ban’s spokesman, Farhan Haq, told reporters at a regular daily briefing at United Nations headquarters in New York that the assailants, who had not been identified, fired on the convoy’d first vehicle, which was “hit in its tires and its front window.”

Ultimately it was not able to travel further,” Mr. Haq said.

Antigovernment activists posted videos online of United Nations inspectors in blue helmets arriving in the Moadamiya area, southwest of the capital, where they were shown entering a clinic and interviewing patients.

Moadamiya is a rebel-held suburb where antigovernment activists reported the smaller of two suspected chemical attacks last Wednesday. Videos posted then showed patients in a rebel field hospital apparently having trouble breathing.

The visit by the United Nations inspectors to the Damascus suburb, in a half-dozen vehicles escorted by Syrian security forces, came shortly after President Bashar al-Assad of Syria denied that his forces had used poison gas against his own citizens, and as divisions between outside powers over how to handle the crisis showed no signs of easing.

In an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia, published on Monday, Mr. Assad said accusations that his forces had used chemical weapons were illogical and an “outrage against common sense.” He warned the United States that military intervention in Syria would bring “failure just like in all the previous wars they waged, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day.”

Mr. Assad’s choice of a Russian newspaper to air his views seemed to reflect Moscow’s strong support for the Syrian leader after Wednesday’s attacks.
On Sunday, a spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Aleksandr K. Lukashevich, said that those who advocated an armed response to any chemical weapons attack — without citing the United States or other countries — were prejudging the results of the United Nations inspections.

“In these conditions, we again resolutely call on all those who are trying to impose the results of the U.N. investigations and who say that armed actions against Syria is possible to show common sense and avoid tragic mistakes,” Mr. Lukashevich said in a statement released on the ministry’s Web site.

While Mr. Assad has said he would give weapons inspectors access to the site, the gesture has been greeted with widespread skepticism in the West, with critics saying that the offer came too late for inspectors to make an accurate assessment of what happened. The British foreign secretary, William Hague, complained on Monday that access was not “unimpeded” since it was limited to a “certain number of hours.”

British officials also said on Monday that Prime Minister David Cameron would cut short a vacation in Cornwall, in southwest England, to return to London and head a meeting of senior ministers on Wednesday. His gesture seemed intended to heighten the mood of crisis as outside powers wrestle with Mr. Assad’s refusal to bow to the West.

“If someone dreams about turning Syria into a puppet of the West, it simply will not happen,” Mr. Assad told Izvestia. “We are an independent government, and we will battle with terrorism and we will freely build relations with those countries whom we want to.”

In an interview Monday with Europe 1, a French radio station, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France, said “all options” for an international response were still open, but “the only option I do not envisage is to do nothing.” France has been a close ally of the rebels seeking Mr. Assad’s ouster in the country’s civil war.

Mr. Fabius said there was no doubt that chemical weapons had been used and that outside powers would negotiate a “proportionate response” in the “days to come.”

In the welter of diplomatic maneuvering, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in an interview with the Milliyet newspaper, said it would join an international coalition against Mr. Assad if the United Nations Security Council could not reach a consensus, Turkey has also been a strong supporter of the rebels.

In London, Mr. Hague took a similar approach to an international response. “Is it possible to respond to chemical weapons without complete unity on the U.N. Security Council?” he told the BBC in a radio interview. “I would argue yes it is, otherwise it might be impossible to respond to such outrages, such crimes, and I don’t think that’s an acceptable situation.”

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, warned against prejudgment about the use of chemical weapons, saying on Monday that the United States and other countries had already mistakenly drawn conclusions by raising the specter of punitive military strikes. As Russia has asserted previously, Mr. Lavrov suggested that the attacks had been orchestrated by the rebels or other nongovernmental forces, saying it was illogical that the Syrian government would have launched an attack that would prompt an international response.

Mr. Lavrov warned that any Western intervention would be a “serious mistake,” evoking the experiences of interventions in Iraq and Libya in particular.

“If someone thinks that, having bombed the Syrian military infrastructure and having left the battlefield such that the enemies of the regime will seize victory, that all this will end, it’s an illusion,” Mr. Lavrov told reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow. “Even if such a victory is achieved, the civil war will continue. “

He said that bypassing the United Nations Security Council to move militarily against the Syrian government would be “the grossest violation of international law” that would “sharply worsen the situation.”

In the Izvestia interview, Mr. Assad said, “America has taken part in many wars but could not once achieve its political goals for which the wars were started. Yes, it is true, the great powers can wage wars but can they win them?”

He said government troops would have risked killing their own forces if they had used chemical weapons. “This contradicts elementary logic,” news reports quoted him as saying. It is “not us but our enemies who are using chemical weapons,” he said, referring as he usually does to antigovernment rebels as “the terrorists.”

In Israel, a senior government official said Monday it was “crystal clear” that Mr. Assad’s forces used chemical weapons last week and called the United Nations investigation effort a “joke.” The official said that Iran, a close ally of the Syrian leader, should also be held responsible.

“The world cannot allow this to proceed,” Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of international affairs, strategy and intelligence, told international reporters at a briefing Monday morning in Jerusalem. “The Iranians are already trying to isolate themselves from the use of chemical weapons. This is a kind of hypocrisy. You cannot be part of this terrible, brutal war and say, ‘Yeah, I participate in the war but I isolate myself, I separate myself from the use of chemical weapons.’ Assad today is almost a total proxy to Iran.”

Echoing other Israeli leaders, Mr. Steinitz suggested that the Syria situation was a kind of harbinger regarding Iran’s disputed nuclear program. “If Iran would get nuclear weapons, it’s going to create a new, very dangerous new world, this is a global game-changer,” he said.

Regarding the United Nations inspectors’ search for evidence that chemical weapons were used, Mr. Steinitz said, “This is becoming a joke.” - NY Times.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Monster Rim Wildfire Chars 15,000 Acres Within Yosemite National Park - 149,780 Acres Already Burned, Roughly THE SIZE OF CHICAGO; 23 Buildings Destroyed; State Of Emergency In Effect As The National Weather Service Says It's "HIGHEST PRIORITY IN THE COUNTRY NOW"; Threatens Some 4,500 Structures, Water And Power Supplies; 2,000-Year-Old Giant Sequoias Trees In Danger; 15 Percent Contained!

August 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES -  A California wildfire that has scorched an area roughly the size of Chicago near Yosemite National Park was 15 percent contained Monday morning — a jump from 7 percent the previous night, officials said.

Los Angeles County firefighters hike in on a fire line on the Rim Fire near Groveland, Calif., Aug. 22.

The drought-fueled Rim fire burns in central California, near Yosemite National Park. Red outlines indicate
hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires.
Winds blew a thick smoke plume toward the northeast.

But the so-called Rim Fire, stretching 234 square miles, still threatens some 4,500 structures as well as the power and water utilities in San Francisco, roughly 200 miles to the west. It has already charred some 149,780 acres.

The raging flames also loomed over towering sequoias that are among the largest and oldest living things on the planet. The iconic trees can withstand fire, but brutal conditions — including harsh winds and thick brush — have prompted park employees to take extra precautions in the Tuolumne and Merced groves, according to the AP.

The towns of Tuolumne and Mi-Wuk Village and smaller communities between them were under voluntary evacuation Sunday, said Dick Fleishman with the U.S. Forest Service. Evacuation advisories were lifted for Pine Mountain Lake and Buck Meadows. "We still have homes that are risk," he said. An evacuation center was set up in the Sonora, Calif. for those who left their homes.

"It's the highest priority fire in the country right now because of its location, because Yosemite National Park is at risk. It's not just a national treasure, it's a world treasure," Fleishman said.

Trees burn in a burnout fire as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near
Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Aug. 25.

A burned car sits on the side of the road after being consumed by the Rim Fire on
Aug. 25, 2013 near Groveland, Calif.

Cows walk through a section of forest that was burned by the Rim Fire outside of
Camp Mather on Aug. 24, near Groveland, Calif.

A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Aug 24 near Groveland, Calif.

“All of the plants and trees in Yosemite are important, but the giant sequoias are incredibly important both for what they are and as symbols of the National Park System,” park spokesman Scott Gediman told the AP.

Firefighters were hoping to advance on the flames Monday but strong winds were threatening push the blaze closer to Tuolumne City and nearby communities, according to the wire service.

"This fire has continued to pose every challenge that there can be on a fire," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Some 3,678 firefighters have been drafted in to tackle the fire that continues to threaten thousands of rural homes surrounding the popular tourist destination.

  The Rim Fire burns near Buck Meadows, Calif., on Aug. 24.

Fresno County firefighters and engines wait in Ackerson Meadow safety zone while fire heads to
Mather Camp adjacent to Yosemite National Park on Aug. 23.

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant on a ridge ahead of the advancing Rim Fire on Aug. 22, in Groveland, Calif.

A plume of smoke rises from a ridge as the Rim Fire approaches Yosemite Lakes on Aug. 23 near Groveland, Calif.

The fire has already destroyed 23 structures, including all of the popular Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp, an institution founded in 1922.

"I'm just so sad on so many levels," Janice Lin of Berkeley told Lin had been going to the camp with her children for years.

More than 12 helicopters and a half-dozen fixed wing tankers were dropping water and retardant from the air Sunday.

WATCH: As firefighters continue to battle the blaze near Yosemite National Park, the town of Tuolumne City lies within striking distance, but some citizens are refusing to leave their homes. NBC's Tom Costello reports.

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency for San Francisco, saying the fire had damaged the electrical infrastructure serving the city and forced the Public Utilities Commission to shut down power lines.

President Obama called Gov. Brown on Sunday to receive an update on the situation and "express his gratitude for the brave men and women working tirelessly to combat this devastating fire," according to a press release from The White House.

On Sunday, the fire had moved to within 2 miles of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which serves 85 percent of San Francisco with water, according to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman Tyrone Jue.

WATCH: California Gov. Jerry Brown says he'll ensure his state as the resources available to deal with the state's massive wildfire.

At close to 225 square miles, the blaze is more than four times the size of San Francisco.

The fire was sparked last week in a remote canyon of the Stanislaus National Forest, with arid conditions feeding the flames.

Statewide, more than 8,300 firefighters are battling nearly 400 square miles of fires. -  NBC News.

MASS MAMMAL DIE-OFF: Most "Unusual Mortality Event" - Three More Dolphins Found Dead Off New Jersey Coast?!

August 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The bodies of three more dolphins have washed up along the New Jersey shore, bringing the statewide total to 71.

The Asbury Park Press
reports that officials Sunday found dead dolphins at Island Beach State Park, Stone Harbor and an area off the bay in Strathmere.

On Saturday, officials found two dead dolphins in Sea Girt and Brigantine.

The senior technician with the Brigantine chapter of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Jay Pagel, says it's the "same thing that's been happening" since July 9.

From New Jersey south to Virginia, more than 230 dolphin deaths have been reported dead. A precise cause for the deaths is still unknown.

The deaths have been declared an "unusual mortality event" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. - 6ABC.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Mass Mortality Of Poultry Due To Third Outbreak Of Bird Flu Causes Alarm In Ferrara, Italy?!

August 26, 2013 - ITALY - New case of avian influenza, the third, found in Emilia Romagna, a 18,000 breeding turkeys in Portomaggiore, Ferrara not far from the first breeding of chickens in Ostellato hit by the virus.

Meanwhile in Bologna, Mordano, in another breeding of chickens owned by the same group website of Ostellato, the first where the infection occurred, has started culling chapters, over 600 thousand. To report the discovery of the new bird flu outbreak is the Emilia Romagna region, stressing that in Turkey-farming of Portomaggiore are already "taken safety measures" and "soon will begin the culling of the heads".

The same safety net health authorities to prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus has highlighted a new outbreak of infection from avian influenza, underlines the region Emilia, explaining that the new outbreak involves an 18,000 breeding turkeys in Portomaggiore, Ferrara, which was an abnormal mortality of birds. The cattery is located not far from the site of Ostellato, the first to be hit by avian flu.

Specialist examinations conducted by the Forlì branch of the Istituto zooprofilattico, confirmed by the national reference Centre for avian influenza in Padova, on samples taken on the farm, have confirmed the presence of the virus H7 type. To cope with the new situation, the region has already enacted an Ordinance for the implementation of extraordinary measures envisaged in these cases by the European and national health legislation.

The measure includes, among other, slaughtering animals present on the farm, which will begin soon. As regards food safety, the health authorities confirm that "there is no risk to humans from consumption of Turkey meat". To take stock of the situation took place in the early afternoon, in the region, the presence of presidential Secretary Alfredo Bertelli and the Councillor to agriculture Tiberio Rabboni, a meeting with representatives of associations of the poultry sector.

Next to a "strong concern about the economic and employment impacts of the epidemic", all participants "are fully shared, however, the choice of the competent authorities to adopt stringent measures to isolate outbreaks and ensure in this way, in addition to health security, even the most rapid resumption of production". - Meteo Web. [Translated]

PLANETARY TREMORS: The Irish Sea Earthquake Aftershock Warnings - Aftershocks From Two Earthquakes That Struck In The Irish Sea May Be Felt For Days To Come, Experts Have Warned!

August 26, 2013 - IRELAND - Aftershocks from two earthquakes that struck in the Irish Sea may be felt for days to come, experts have warned. The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) said the quakes, which occurred this morning off the north west coast of England, were probably caused by stresses built up from the weight of glaciers covering land during the Ice Age.

Two earthquakes have been recorded in the Irish Sea, causing tremors on land nearby.

INSN director Tom Blake said it was unusual that the earthquakes - measuring 2.4 and then a stronger 3.3 on the Richter scale - happened in the Irish Sea. He said: "It is impossible to tell if stronger earthquakes will occur in the coming days and weeks, but aftershocks can be expected even if most, if not all, will be too weak to be felt."

Social media users took to Twitter saying they felt the ground move beneath them - particularly in the north west of England.

The strongest quake, at a depth of 5km, was recorded by the British Geological Survey shortly before 10am. The earlier and smaller quake was recorded at around 5.30am. Its epicentre was about 25km west of Fleetwood in Lancashire at a depth of 3km. The larger earthquake was also recorded by INSN seismometers as far away as Donegal and Wexford in Ireland.

Mr Blake, from the School of Cosmic Physics in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, said their cause was probably no different from other earthquakes in Britain and Ireland.

He said: "Although Britain and Ireland are far from any plate boundaries, much of the region is still experiencing quakes due to the removal of the weight of ice sheets that once covered the land. Occasionally this post-glacial isostatic rebound - the phenomenon of the land surface gradually returning to its pre-glacial contours - results in earthquakes of this magnitude, particularly in the northern half of the islands."

A slightly larger earthquake was recorded in the Irish Sea back in May, which was felt in parts of Ireland and North Wales. The 3.8 magnitude tremor occurred 15km away from Abersoch in Gwynedd, Wales. People as far away as Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow and Kildare claimed they felt it at the time.

According to the INSN, the largest known British earthquake struck near the Dogger Bank in the North Sea off the east coast of England in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1.

The largest to impact Ireland occurred on the Llyn peninsula, North Wales, in July 1984. The 5.4 magnitude earthquake was the largest ever recorded earthquake on mainland Britain and was felt throughout Ireland's east coast, Wales and England. Aftershocks from the quake measured up to 4.3 on the Richter scale and some structural damage resulted along the east coast of Ireland. - Express & Star.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Mass Bird Die-Off - 2,000 Chickens Die Of "Unknown Causes In Lianjiang, China?!

August 26, 2013 - CHINA - Experts tentatively ruled out bird flu, local governments have done to dead chickens of harmless treatment.

Express News reporter Chen Haisheng reports, August 23, a poultry service hub in Lianjiang District 6 poultry stalls over more than 2000 birds died of unknown causes. Yesterday, the local Government reported that according to the preliminary diagnosis of veterinary experts concerned in Zhanjiang, have ruled out bird flu death.

According to accident stalls boss said, most of their chicken from Guangxi, a few from the province; some dead chickens was the early morning of the day here, just pull into the stall for sale. 23rd at 6 o'clock in the morning, some shops began to appear dead chickens. "The first cock black and soon died. "A stall owner said chicken from problem to death, before and after only a few minutes. That afternoon and evening, several stalls dead chickens were still emerging phenomena. "Chicken stalls hundreds of dead, dozens of dead. ”

Yesterday, the chickens dead for Lianjiang City Government reported that a poultry business in West of the city the road service hub, several poultry stall died of unknown causes in some chickens, Lianjiang city related to animal husbandry and veterinary Bureau rushed to cordon off and to dissect the dead chickens, sampling and testing.

According to the preliminary diagnosis of veterinary experts concerned in Zhanjiang, have ruled out bird flu death. Lianjiang Municipal Government attached great importance to this event, called the public security, health, vaccination, animal husbandry and veterinary departments have set up a joint investigation team, to troubleshooting the causes of death of chickens. Currently, local government departments have been harmless treatment of the dead chickens, on which investigation is under way. - YCWB. [Translated]

PLANETARY TREMORS: 4.2 Magnitude Temblor Strikes East Of Bakersfield, Los Angeles, California!

August 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A shallow magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported Sunday morning 12 miles from Weldon, Calif., and east of Bakersfield, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A map showing the location of the epicenter of Sunday morning's quake near Weldon, California.
(Bing Maps / August 25, 2013)

The temblor occurred at 11:50 a.m. PDT at a depth of 0.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 25 miles from Tehachapi, California, 29 miles from California City, California, 35 miles from Ridgecrest, California and 265 miles from Carson City, Nevada.

In the past 10 days, there have been two earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author. - LA Times.

ICE AGE NOW: "Piercing, Bitterly And Biting Cold" - Winter Is Going To Be Much Colder Than Normal And There'll Be A Big Storm For The Next Super Bowl, Predicts Farmers' Almanac!

August 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The Farmers' Almanac is using words like 'piercing cold,' 'bitterly cold' and 'biting cold' to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy 'Storm Bowl.'

The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

Snowy Super Bowl: The NFL title hasn't been decided in a snow storm since 1948, before the Super Bowl.

'We're using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It's going to be very cold,' said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.

Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the almanac's secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818.

Modern scientists don't put much stock in sunspots or tidal action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the time.

Last year, the forecast called for cold weather for the eastern and central U.S. with milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes. It started just the opposite but ended up that way.

Say it ain't so!: Farmers' Almanac managing editor Sandy Duncan, left, and editor Peter Geiger,
right, are predicting a winter storm will hit the Super Bowl.

Caleb Weatherbee, the publication's elusive prognosticator, said he was off by only a couple of days on two of the season's biggest storms: a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with 3 feet of snow in some places and a sloppy storm the day before spring's arrival that buried parts of New England.

Readers who put stock in the almanac's forecasts may do well to stock up on long johns, especially if they're lucky enough to get tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. The first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather environment could be both super cold and super messy, with a big storm due Feb. 1 to 3, the almanac says.

Said Duncan: 'It really looks like the Super Bowl may be the Storm Bowl.'

The Maine-based Farmers' Almanac, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer's Almanac, which will be published next month, features a mix of corny jokes, gardening tips, nostalgia and home remedies, like feeding carrots to dogs to help with bad breath and using mashed bananas to soothe dry, cracked skin in the winter.

Snow bowl: The last NFL title game played in the snow was the 1948 NFL Championship between
the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Cardinals.

Also in this year's edition, editor Peter Geiger is leading a campaign to get people to ditch the penny, like Canada is doing.

Past campaigns have focused on moving Thanksgiving to harvest time in October, reconsidering 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as the national anthem and changing the color of money. This time, Geiger thinks he has a winner.

He wants people to donate pennies to charity and then lobby Congress to stop making them.

'They don't get used very much. They get tossed. The only real use of a penny is if you save tens of thousands of them, then you can use them to help someone,' he said. - Daily Mail.

MASS ANIMAL/FISH DIE-OFF: Mysterious Die-Off Of Fish And Animals Along A River In Ouled Rabah, Algeria?!

August 26, 2013 - ALGERIA - In recent days, residents of the rural municipality of Ouled Rabah were surprised to find that fish and other animals are dying along the Wadi Itri.

File photo.

For P/APC, that we have contacted by telephone, it is a contamination that would be toxic original water of this Wadi. According to the explanations of the official fish of this stream which takes source at the level of the Beni Afer heights at the edge of the border boundaries between the wilayas of Mila and Jijel ranging across a part of the territory of the neighboring commune of Ouled Askeur to finally throw themselves into the Oued Rhumel, were found floating on the surface of the water.

This phenomenon dates back to the early days of the month of Ramadhan, but lately, he took momentum, prompting local authorities to alert health and environmental services. Samples were taken for analysis purposes in a laboratory specialized in Constantine, indicated, according to the first observation made, that the water of this Wadi is of poor quality.

This is not only of the death of these fish species it is, since villagers reported the loss of twenty goats and a cow belonging to farmers. According to the P/APC, found dead fish have a whitish appearance. - Elwatan. [Translate]

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up In A Lake In Bolu, Turkey?!

August 26, 2013 - TURKEY - Bolu copper attached to the center of the village on the plateau has created confusion in the pond, the recent mass fish deaths.

Today, thousands of young carp washed up on shore.
The villagers said that there were about 15 days, the fish deaths.

Director of Water Affairs and Forestry Bolu Akay Sezgin said they did not learn about the fish deaths. Sezgin indicating that fish deaths might have happened for various reasons, Akay, "We have not had any complaints that gets, but to send our teams.

We'll get the necessary review. Experienced deaths may be caused by excessive heat. Clear information about the cause of these deaths can then research teams," he said. - Radikal. [Translated]

STORM ALERT: Tropical Depression Fernand Is Weakening Over Mexico, However Heavy Rainfall, Flooding And Mudslide Threat Continues; Ivo's Large-Scale Weather Pattern Moisture Soaks The United States Southwest, Fueling Showers, Thunderstorms And Flash Flooding!

August 26, 2013 - NORTH AMERICA - Tropical Depression Fernand is weakening over east-central parts of Mexico. All warnings for the coast of Mexico have been discontinued now that Fernand has fallen below tropical storm strength.

Projected Path - The latest forecast path and wind speeds from the National Hurricane Center.

The system formed as Tropical Depression Six in the southwest Gulf of Mexico late Sunday afternoon and quickly strengthened to become Tropical Storm Fernand.

WATCH: Tropical Storm Fernand Makes Landfall.

The storm then made landfall Sunday night into early Monday morning in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Current Information  - So, where exactly is the cyclone's center located now? If you're plotting the storm along
with us, click on the "Current Information" map below to get the latitude/longitude coordinates, distance
away from the nearest land location, maximum sustained winds and central pressure (measured in millibars).  

Fernand will continue to weaken and eventually dissipate as it moves farther inland. However, a heavy rain, flooding and mudslide threat will continue. Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches (locally up to 12 inches) are expected in the region of Mexico just east and northeast of Mexico City. The storm is no threat to the United States.

Satellite  - How does the system look on satellite imagery. Click on "infrared" satellite imagery, to see how
"cold" the cloud tops are. Brighter orange and red shadings concentrated near the center of
circulation signify a healthy tropical cyclone.

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season has now had six tropical storms and no hurricanes. On average (1966-2009), the first Atlantic hurricane of the season forms on Aug. 10.

Meanwhile, Ivo dissipated on Sunday to the west of Mexico's Baja peninsula, the large-scale weather pattern has drawn moisture from the storm northward into the southwestern United States.

This moisture helped fuel the development of showers and thunderstorms across the region on Sunday, which resulted in flash flooding for numerous locations, including Las Vegas, Nev.

Ivo's lingering moisture will keep the flood threat going in the Southwest through Monday.

Rainfall Forecast

The rain will be beneficial in the sense that it will help to alleviate wildfire conditions in some areas.

However, depending on the intensity and duration of the rainfall in any one location, we could see more flooding in parts of western/northern Arizona, southeast California, southern Nevada, Utah, and western Colorado. The National Weather Service has issued flood watches for portions of these states.

Southwest Radar

Ivo originally formed as a depression on Thursday August 22, 2013 and stayed just off the western coast of Mexico.  By the morning of August 23rd, the depression had reached the threshold to be called a "tropical storm", becoming the ninth named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season.

WATCH: Las Vegas Flooding.

Ivo's intensity peaked later on the 23rd of August and began to lose steam the next day, as it moved over cooler water. Ivo was subsequently downgraded to a tropical depression and by Sunday, August 25th, Ivo became a remnant low. - TWC.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Great Balls Of Fire - The Amazing Video That Shows A Meteor Exploding!

August 26, 2013 - SPACE - The extraordinary moment a meteor exploded in the Earth's upper atmosphere has been accidentally captured by a U.S. photographer and designer.

Michael K. Chung was photographing the 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower last week from his garden in California
when he managed to record the unusual event of a meteor breaking apart in the Earth's atmosphere (pictured)

Michael K. Chung was photographing the 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower last week when he managed to record the rarely-seen event of a meteor breaking apart in the Earth's atmosphere.

Initially the designer thought he had photographed a meteor explosion and the debris scattering during his time lapse sequence, but in fact he captured the rocky body being 'torn apart' in the upper atmosphere.

Astronomer Daniel Fischer told Universe Today that Mr Chung captured: 'a persistent train after a Perseids fireball, being torn apart by upper atmosphere wind shear.'

The meteor therefore did explode but did not leave debris behind. Instead it left an expanding ring of glowing hot gas called a 'persistent train'.

The charged gas has been heated by compression caused by the meteor and sheds electrons, similar to how a neon sign works, according to Mr Chung

Meteors explode in this way relatively often but the events are not regularly documented.

He said the event probably lasted about 20 minutes as he was taking 20 second exposures every 22 seconds.

WATCH: Amazing video showing meteor exploding.

Mr Chung filmed the explosion using his Canon 7D 18 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera and zoomed in on the action to film the explosion at 24 frames per second and 12 frames per second.

He said he couldn't believe what he saw when processing the images of the Perseid meteor shower.

Mr Chung said he took the video early in the morning on 12 August from his garden in Victorville, California.

He said: 'The fade to white is not an edit - it is overexposure due to the sun coming up. From what I can tell, the timelapse sequence of the explosion and expanding debris span an actual time of approximately 20 minutes.'

One astronomy expert who looked at the video confirmed it is legitimate.

David Dickinson said: 'What cinches it for me is that the meteor was moving in the right direction for a Perseid...I see Perseus rising to the right, the plane of the Milky Way and Andromeda just above centre'

The astronomer said he has witnessed several meteors that leave smoke trains in their wake, which he examines with binoculars. - Daily Mail.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Pigeons Are Dying En Masse Due To Disease In Kiev, Ukraine?!

August 26, 2013 - UKRAINE - In Kiev becomes more and more sick pigeons. On the streets you can often see dead or very sickly birds. According to TSN, the usually lively birds become lethargic: throw your head back, walking around, is staggering.

In the capital are sick pigeons. Author of photo: Alexander Yaremchuk, "Today"

To disperse rumors that jangajji has even climb into the air may not always fall under the wheels of the cars. Dead birds found on the lawns, and the carriage parts.

A few weeks ago in Moscow began the pigeon MOR. In Russia started dying birds from Newcastle disease, it is called psevdočumoj. Reliable signs of weakness, cramps, mucus in the mouth, bulging eyes with conjunctivitis. In Kiev Zoo does not exclude that the disease of Newcastle may strike and our feathered. Although no such cases have been recorded in Kiev. In the Zoo, to insure against the virus, which could theoretically add here wild pigeons, birds wakciniruut and constantly watching over them.

If the behavior of pigeons strange and troubling, experts recommend not to come into contact with them, and especially not to children. The virus can be transmitted even with dust.

While veterinarians deny pigeon epidemic, people have their own versions of the bird deaths. MOL, pigeons are killed because they eat the poison for stray dogs. City street sweepers actually started to pick up more birds ' corpses than usual. Blame the only laws of nature, because the survival of the fittest. At the same time, health requirements and they are pigeons can be carriers of various infections. - Kiev. [Translated]

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: 900 Fish Found Dead In A Lake In Hellum, Netherlands?!

August 26, 2013 - NETHERLANDS - Millpond in Habib has in recent weeks been a sad sight.

Local citizens have gathered 900 dead fish, mainly trout, up to the Lake.

Habib Møllesø was recreated for about three years ago, and idyllic, it seems. But the millpond is badly
affected by oxygen depletion, and citizens have gathered hundreds of dead fish out of the water.
Photo: Henrik Louis

On the city's Facebook page discussed the issue, and several dishes reproaches against the municipality.

Habib-citizens believe the fish have died out. oxygen depletion that has arisen because the municipality has led Habib Creek without the Lake. Stream flowing water oxygenated Lake.

Asger Nielsen, who is head of Department of environment, water and natural in Brønderslev Municipality, confirms that it is bad to with Millpond.

-We know there has been a reversal in the lake bottom. This happens when it is really hot and oxygen levels fall in stagnant water, explains Asger Nielsen.

Belly in weather

This year put the summer heat into shortly after the Lake was "disconnected from" cymbal, and the effect was dramatic, since hundreds of fish turned belly up.

However, it has never been the intention that the pelvis should be associated with the Lake.

-When you get permission to rebuild a Lake, do you get it on terms that there should be space between the Lake and streams. The terms applied also in Habib, but since the Lake was cleaned up, got one to dig too close to the pelvis, says Asger Nielsen.

Experience elsewhere shows that the iltfølsomme trout are finding it difficult to cope in a shallow lake, even though the Lake is associated with a stream.

Fish could be rescued

-At one time or another it's going wrong. The Lake Gets a ruse effect and the trout will be caught. The Lake also destroys the natural environment of water course, explains Asger Nielsen.

The trout in Habib Møllesø could well be rescued.

-I shall not deny, that we could have pulled seines, if we had known there were so many trout in the Lake. It's quite a costly affair, but perhaps we could have gotten the locals to help, says Asger Nielsen and adds:

-It was not our assessment that there were so many trout that was caught in the Lake. We are also tired of it. - Nordjyske. [Translated]

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Once-A-Year Phenomenon - Stunning Images Of the Recent Blue Moon!

August 26, 2013 - SPACE - Last week's Full moon, known by many names like the Blue Moon, Full Sturgeon Moon, the Full Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon, got a lot of attention on social media.

Technically, a blue moon isn't blue at all it's just the second full moon in a month — a phenomenon that happens about once a year. The next one isn't until July 2015.

It sure is beautiful though. Here are some of the best images we saw floating around the web:

Blue Moon on the Blue Moon

Everything you need to know: August blue moon: 
Photo of the moon thanks to Tammy!

Blue Moon over Manhattan  via @skapunkphotos

It's out tonight - RT @heykim: 💙 h/t @jstabila

FULL MOON right now, a blue moon! MT @teamwetdog: Wild looking moon out there in .

NOT SO BLUE: Blue Moon as seen from Pennsylvania via @StylishImages

Mira shot this image from Japan.

Instagram user Hahn Rowe got this ocean shot in Maryland.

Instagram user Ep posted this early-morning shot from Las Vegas.

Instagram user Ep posted this early-morning shot from Las Vegas.

Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals posted this pick from their dock.

Bryan Jordan shared this image from Oregon.

Bryan Jordan shared this image from Oregon.

Bryan Jordan shared this image from Oregon.

- Business Insider.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Global Volcano Report For August 26, 2013 - Updates On Monte Albano, Kliuchevskoi, Rabaul (Tavurvur), Bagana, Manam, And Suwanose-jima!

August 26, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Monte Albano (Italy): What appears to be a new fumarole appeared near Rome's International Fiumicino airport Saturday morning. A vent producing small geyser-like fountains of steam, water and mud suddenly opened in the ground near a road crossing near Fiumicino.

Geologists are currently examining the phenomenon. It is still a bit unclear whether it is not a man-made accident caused by a broken pipe or similar (which might well be the case). As La Repubblica statess, first inspections however indicate that ii is in fact a new natural vent. Obviously, there are also already some speculations whether it could be related to volcanic activity... [read more]

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): Relatively intense strombolian activity continues at the summit. Bright glow can be seen at night. Both webcam images and MODIS hot spot data indicate the occurrence of hot avalanches on the slopes of the volcano as well.

 WATCH: The following is a time-lapse video from today's activity (KVERT webcam):

Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): An explosion at 01:54 GMT was reported by VAAC Tokyo earlier today. The height of the ash plume could not be determined.

Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): Mild to moderate explosive activity continues. During the past days, several ash plumes reaching 6,000 ft (1,8 km) altitude were reported. MODIS data show a hot spot at Tavurvur cone.

MODIS hot spot data (past 7 days) for Tavurvur volcano (ModVolc, Univ. Hawaii)

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): A hot spot remains visible at the volcano, indicating that some activity continues. This is likely mostly effusive in style, because no recent significant ash emissions have been detected.

Manam (Papua New Guinea): Activity at the volcano continues. An explosion earlier today produced an ash plume rising to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude extending 80 nautical miles to the NW, VAAC Darwin reported.

NASA EO-1 ALI satellite image of Manam volcano showing a steam plume and two active vents (21 Aug 2013)

A recent NASA satellite image from 21 August shows two active vents at the summit of the stratovolcano, possibly containing lava lakes.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for August 26, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Mexican Cargo Train Derails - At Least 5 Killed, 17 More Injured!

August 26, 2013 - MEXICO - A cargo train with stowaway migrants on board derailed in southern Mexico on Sunday morning, killing five people and injuring 17 more, officials said.

People inspect the derailed cargo train in Huimanguillo, Mexico, on Sunday, August 25.

At least 250 Honduran migrants were traveling on the train when it derailed, the government of Mexico's Tabasco state said in a statement.

Rescuers were at the scene in a remote area of the state on Sunday, civil protection officials said.

Photos showed overturned train cars and injured victims on the tracks.

Eight cars overturned in the derailment, which happened around 3 a.m. in the municipality of Huimanguillo.

The train's engine and first car stayed on the tracks, allowing authorities to use them to transport injured victims to a regional hospital, officials said.

The cargo train carrying scrap metal and US-bound migrants who pay smugglers for the right to sit atop
freight cars, derailed in a swampy area of southeastern Mexico. Photo: AFP

The locomotive derailed after heavy rains in the area softened the earth around the tracks, state officials said.

In addition to the hundreds of stowaway migrants aboard, CNN affiliate FOROtv reported the train was carrying scrap metal.

Mexico no longer has a nationwide passenger rail system, but thousands of Central American migrants hitch rides on freight trains heading north toward the United States.

Rescuers observing the train known as "The Beast", after it derailed near Huimanguillo, in Tabasco State, Mexico.
Photo: AFP

On the train, nicknamed "The Beast" and "the train of death," they often huddle on rooftops and cram into spare spaces between cars.

All of those who died or were hospitalized after Sunday's derailment are Honduran, officials said.

El Salvador's foreign ministry said consular officials were heading to the area to help any Salvadorans who may have been injured.

WATCH: Mexican train derailment kills 5.

Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade said in a Twitter post that officials are communicating with authorities in Central America over the derailment and offering assistance to injured victims.

Representatives from the private railway company that operates the cargo train route could not be immediately reached for comment. - CNN.