Thursday, August 29, 2013

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Infestation Of Red Insect Larvae - Residents Of Colcord, Oklahoma Told To Watch Out For Blood Worms In Their Water Supply!

August 29, 2013 - AMERICA -  The people of Colcord, Oklahoma, might need something a little stronger than Brita filters to remove the impurities from their drinking water.

Blood worms -- small, red insect larvae -- have been appearing in water glasses and filters in the rural town.
Authorities have warned Colcord's 800 residents not to drink, cook with or brush their teeth with the worm-infested tap water.

Schools in the area have been closed since Tuesday as officials try to figure out where the bright-red creatures came from and how long it will take to get rid of them.

There are no known health effects from the worms, which range from about a quarter to a half inch in length. But local officials aren't taking any chances, hand-delivering letters to residents warning them to stick to bottled water for the time being.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is investigating the cause of the outbreak but isn't yet able to say when the water will be safe to drink again, said spokeswoman Erin Hatfield.

Blood worms, also known as red worms, are found in the southeastern United States, but not usually in Oklahoma.

The environmental quality department has only recorded one other such infestation in the state, Hatfield said: in the town of Drumright, 108 miles away, more than 20 years ago.

For the people of Colcord, about 75 miles east of Tulsa, the blood worm invasion that was first detected Monday can't end soon enough.

WATCH: Tulsa drinking water tainted by worms.

Staff at CJ's Country Corner, a local gas station and convenience store, told CNN affiliate KJRH that business was much slower than usual, largely because of the school closure. They're also unable to serve coffee or sodas from the fountain, they said.

Colcord's water commissioner, Cody Gibby, is scratching his head over how the worms, the larvae of midges, got through the town's water-filtering defenses.

"It's not just a little 6-inch filter, it's 6 foot of coal and sand mixed together that not even a hair can get through," he told KJRH. "And these worms are getting through it and getting into our distribution water."
And his verdict of the presence of the little red invaders in the tap water?

"Disgusting." - CNN.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Dry Weather Kills Thousands Of Fish In Iowa County?!

August 29, 2013 - AMERICA -  The stretch if warm dry weather has killed off thousands of fish in a pond along the Iowa River, according to officials. The small pond, which connects to the river, is located in Gateway Park in Marengo.

Brad Baker of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the natural fish kill happened when river access was cut off to the pond as river levels dropped.

The fish, most carp, buffalo fish and shad, lost oxygen as a result, Baker said.

The current conditions will likely cause the fish to decompose quickly, said Paul Sleeper, a DNR biologist.

WATCH: Dry Weather Kills Thousands of Fish In Iowa County.

DNR officials say similar fish kills have happened in the area before. Tuesday morning snakes were observed eating some of the dead fish. - KCRG.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Ashore In Nienhagen, Germany?!

August 29, 2013 - GERMANY - On the beach of Nienhagen west of Warnemunde have been washed ashore on Tuesday a lot of dead fish. This is mainly to freshwater fish such as bream or roach.

According to Christopher Zimmermann from Rostock Thünen-Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries, the animals have died from lack of oxygen, a process not rare in summer.

Surface water will vergedrängt with offshore winds and replaced by poorer oxygen deep water.

At low salt concentrations in the Baltic Sea and freshwater fish here could find good living conditions.
Conversely penetrate saltwater fish found in the estuaries until they no longer cope with the decreasing salt concentration. - Nordkurier. [Translated]

RATTLE & HUM: Loud Noise Heard All Around The Eastern Darling Downs - Australian Airforce Is Busy Covering Up The Reason?!

August 29, 2013 - AUSTRALIA - A loud noise heard all around the eastern Darling Downs had southern Queenslanders scratching their heads, until the Air Force put up their hand.

"F/A-18F Super Hornets were undertaking essential 'intercept' training in the 'western airspace' of RAAF Base Amberley, which incorporates the Toowoomba region," a Defence spokesperson says.

"Regrettably the training was louder than anticipated, and some residents experienced more aircraft noise than usually occurs, when Air Force uses the western airspace...our pilots and crews need experience in a range of environments. This includes day and night flying, high and low altitude flying (below 500 feet or 150 metres) and bombing and strafing practice."

The Airforce is investigating the "disruption".

Jo from Warwick called ABC Radio to say "I heard a big loud clap of 'thunder'...on a clear night. And I said to my son, 'well, that cloud came up quickly, I wonder if it is going to rain.' Not even thinking it was anything else!"

The 'western airspace' will be used by Air Force again this week on Thursday night until 9pm; and Friday until 5pm. More day flying is planned during the first week of September. - ABC Australia.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Scientist Warns That The Magma Chamber Under Japan's Mount Sakurajima Is 90 PERCENT FULL - A Large Lava Eruption Could Be IMMINENT!

August 29, 2013 - JAPAN - Vulcanologists warn that the magma chamber beneath Japan's Sakurajima volcano is about 90-percent full which means a large lava eruption cannot be ruled out.


TONY JONES, PRESENTER: It's been erupting constantly for nearly 60 years, spewing out smoke and ash and sending shivers through the more than half a million people who live nearby. Japan's Sakurajima volcano recently blasted 100,000 tonnes of ash more than five kilometres into the sky, reminding surrounding communities of its power and volatility. Vulcanologists warn that the magma chamber beneath the mountain is about 90 per cent full, meaning that a large lava eruption cannot be ruled out. The ABC's North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy travelled to Sakurajima in south-west Japan to see how people live with this rumbling giant.

WATCH: Sakurajima's lava eruption could be imminent.

MARK WILLACY, REPORTER: In legend, this belching giant was named for a beautiful goddess, the divine being venerated as the symbol of delicate earthly life. But Sakurajima is anything but delicate. It is the mother of all Japanese volcanos.

Just across the water from the city of Kagoshima, it is both a tourist drawcard and a troublesome neighbour. And for our visit on this perfect summer's day, the mountain is putting on yet another show.

Sakurajima is one of the world's most active volcanos. Some years it belches into life or erupts over 1,000 times and this bad-tempered beast is just eight kilometres from the 600,000 residents of Kagoshima.

And recently Sakurajima showered this city with 100,000 tonnes of ash, turning day into night and sending people scrambling for cover.

Its 500th eruption of the year sent plumes more than five kilometres into the sky and reminded everyone here just how vulnerable they are to the vagaries of this volcano. But mostly, Sakurajima is just a daily inconvenience.

HIROFUMI KIGUCHIYA, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, KAGOSHIMA CITY (voiceover translation): The most annoying thing is the falling ash. We cannot hang laundry outside. The clothes we wear get filthy and the ash gets in our eyes. People have to sweep it from the front of their houses almost every day.

MARK WILLACY: But the people who are most exposed to the volcano are those who live at its base.

You can understand why people may want to live here. It has a stunning coastline and a relaxed pace and this place is also famous for its fruit and vegetables. Saburo Yokomichi's family has been farming on Sakurajima for nearly 300 years and he's grown used to the volcano's terrible temper.

SABURO YOKOMICHI, SAKURAJIMA FARMER (voiceover translation): When I was a Year Three student at school, I experienced a huge eruption. The sky became like night from the ash and I saw lava flowing down the volcano. But I have become used to it. Me and the mountain are like friends.

MARK WILLACY: But Saburo Yokomichi wasn't around when the volcano last really blew its top. The 1914 eruption was the biggest in 20th Century Japan, generating a large lava flow as well as a tsunami and leaving about 60 dead.

SABURO YOKOMICHI (voiceover translation): My father and his family were evacuated to another island. I still think about a large eruption, but we have learned to coexist with the volcano.

MARK WILLACY: Vulcanologist Masato Iguchi has been studying Sakurajima for more than 30 years, and while he's not worried just yet about another big eruption, he does warn that pressure underneath the volcano is rising.

MASATO IGUCHI, VULCANOLOGIST (voiceover translation): The magma level deep within the volcano is back to about 90 per cent of what it was before the 1914 eruption so we do have to worry about a big eruption in the long-term.

MARK WILLACY: And while we were on Sakurajima, the volcano rumbles into life again, spewing out more ash and giving the people who live here some more cleaning to do. Across the small stretch of sea, the people of Kagoshima go about their business. They can only hope the goddess of the volcano can keep her temper for a little while longer.
- ABC Australia.

WORLD WAR III: The Gathering - French Military "Ready" For Action Against Syria As Russia Deploys Naval Vessels In Mediterranean!

August 29, 2013 - MIDDLE EAST - The French military is ready to commit forces to an operation in Syria if President Francois Hollande decides to do so, the defense minister said Thursday. But the chief of state, who met with the head of the Syrian opposition, stopped short of announcing military intervention over a suspected chemical weapons attack.

Hollande offered his political and humanitarian support for the Western-backed Syrian National Council, but said the group will only be a viable alternative to Syrian President Bashar Assad if it has military credibility — and if the international community can stop the spiral of violence.

The United States, France and Britain are believed to be preparing possible military action against Assad's regime after an apparent poison gas attack in Syria on Aug. 21. U.N. experts are currently in Syria investigating the attack.

"The Armed Forces are in a position to respond to the requests and the decisions of the president once he reaches that point" of committing French forces to an international intervention in Syria, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

Hollande does not need French parliamentary approval to launch any military action that lasts less than four months.

Hollande, who has spoken out strongly against Assad's government, on Thursday stressed the importance of a political solution and making the Syrian opposition a stronger alternative, notably with increased firepower.

Hollande said he told Syrian opposition leader Ahmad al-Jarba that "France will offer all its help. Its political help, its support, as it we have for months. But also its humanitarian, material aid."

"Everything must be done to reach a political solution, but that will not happen unless the coalition is capable of appearing as an alternative, with necessary force, notably its army," Hollande said. "We will only achieve this if the international community is capable of bringing a stop to this escalation of violence, of which the chemical massacre is just one illustration."

Head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad al-Jarba, second from left, meets France's President
Francois Hollande, right, at the Elysee Palace. (AP Photo/Michael Euler)

Hollande's comments come as his U.S. and British counterparts, Barack Obama and David Cameron, are facing resistance at home to an eventual Syrian intervention.

A French official said the aim of any French action would be to shock Assad's government into understanding that they cannot use chemical weapons. Assad blames the poison gas attack on the opposition.

The official, who spoke on condition because he was discussing sensitive military issues, said the goal was not to launch a war.

Al-Jarba, speaking alongside Hollande, said "this crime will not go unpunished."

Addressing the Syrian people, he said: "This punishment will be inflicted on this criminal, on his war machine, on those who used this weapon."

He estimated that some 1,400 people were killed and thousands wounded in the purported chemical attack Aug. 21 — a much larger number than those earlier cited. Doctors Without Borders had put the number of dead at 355 on Saturday.

French military officials would not comment on reports Thursday that a French frigate has left southern France toward Syria to take part in an eventual military operation.

France has a dozen cruise missile-capable fighter aircraft at military bases in the United Arab Emirates and the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti. France's military was at the forefront of the NATO-led attacks on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, and led an intervention against extremists in Mali earlier this year. - PHIL Star.

Russia Redeploys Fleet In Mediterranean Sea.
The redeployment of Russian Naval vessels in the Mediterranean Sea is part of a planned rotation and is not linked with the worsening situation in Syria, a Russian Naval spokesperson said Thursday.

The Russian Navy comprises the Northern Fleet, the Russian Pacific Fleet, the Russian
Black Sea Fleet, the Russian Baltic Fleet and the Russian Caspian Flotilla.

The statement comes after media reports had suggested that the grouping of Russian vessels in the Mediterranean Sea was to be changed in direct connection with events in Syria. Admiral Viktor Chirkov, commander of the Russian Navy, told Zvezda TV channel Sunday that Russia "should have five or six vessels permanently deployed in the Mediterranean," but did not say how many were already there.

“The vessels in the Mediterranean, like those in other parts of the world, act under plans by the Russian Naval Command and General Staff, and fulfil tasks set,” the Naval spokesperson said.

“On completion of these tasks, the vessels then either return to their bases, or are replaced by other vessels to complete the tasks set,” the spokesperson said, adding “This does not amount to a renewal of any grouping or groupings, it is a planned rotation.”

The spokesperson for the Russian Navy did not share any further details with RIA Novosti regarding the ships involved, and said Navy General Staff decides what class of vessel to send. - RIA.

FIRE IN THE SKY: "Bizarre, Orange Glow" - Probable Fireball Spotted High In The Sky Above Waterloo, Canada!

August 29, 2013 - CANADA - What streaked through the sky in Waterloo's north end Monday night?

Multiple viewers in the neighbourhood sent in photos and video of a flaming object moving through the sky shortly before 8 p.m.

The fireball was seen from Waterloo, Ontario on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.© Joanne Buchan

Aaron Coker was walking out of his Glen Forrest Boulevard apartment when he saw the mystery object to the south.

"I saw something coming out of the sky," he says.

"It appeared to be a plane at first. After a minute, it decided to dip down and hang in the sky for about 10 minutes without moving."

WATCH: Fireballs over Waterloo.

Joanne Buchan also saw the bizarre orange glow, and came to similar conclusions.

"At first, I thought it was a plane's contrail catching the setting sun, but it was moving too slowly ... and it looked to be heading straight down," she wrote in an email.

The object appeared to hang in the air for about 15 to 20 minutes before falling out of view.Mike Hudson, an astronomy professor at the University of Waterloo, says the object could have been a fallen piece of an airplane or satellite, but more likely was a plane taking an eccentric path through the air.

A University of Waterloo astronomer says this mystery object seen over Waterloo, Ont., was likely
a plane or piece of debris. © Joanne Buchan

"My best guess of what this might be is a plane flying, leaving contrails behind it, seen perhaps at an unusual angle," he tells CTV News.

Hudson suggests the object may have been moving horizontally when it appeared to hang in the air, and its unusual colour scheme may have been due to illumination from the setting sun.

Although many unusual sights in the sky turn out to be meteors, Hudson says he doesn't believe a meteor was the culprit behind Monday's event, as meteors usually move in a straight line at a constant, fast speed.

"Interesting things happen in the sky all the time," he says. - CTV News.

TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines - Researchers In The Netherlands Develop Computer Model That Can Read Human Thoughts, Using MRI Images And An Algorithm!

August 29, 2013 - NETHERLANDS - Researchers writing in the journal Neuroimage say they have developed a computer model that can read human thoughts. The scientists from Radbound University Nijmegen in the Netherlands reported that they have successfully created a mathematical model that can analyze MRI images to reconstruct thoughts and decipher letters that test subjects thought about.

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The team was able to teach a computer model how to analyze MRI images during brain scans to reconstruct an image being viewed by the subject.

MRI scanners have been used in cognition research to help determine which areas of the brain are active while test subjects perform a specific task. The team took this research a step further by using data from the scanner to determine what the subject was looking at.

“After this we did something new,” says lead researcher Marcel van Gerven. “We gave the model prior knowledge: we taught it what letters look like. This improved the recognition of the letters enormously. The model compares the letters to determine which one corresponds most exactly with the speckle image, and then pushes the results of the image towards that letter. The result was the actual letter, a true reconstruction.”
He said the team’s approach is similar to how they believe the brain combines prior knowledge with sensory information.

“For example, you can recognize the lines and curves in this article as letters only after you have learned to read. And this is exactly what we are looking for: models that show what is happening in the brain in a realistic fashion,” Gerven added.

The researchers hope to improve the models so that they can be applied to working memory or to subjective experiences such as dreams or visualizations. Sanne Schoenmakers, who is working on a doctoral thesis about decoding thoughts, said they plan to expand their study by working with a more powerful MRI scanner.

“Due to the higher resolution of the scanner, we hope to be able to link the model to more detailed images,” Schoenmakers said. “We are currently linking images of letters to 1200 voxels in the brain; with the more powerful scanner we will link images of faces to 15,000 voxels.”

The Dutch scientists are not the only ones trying to read minds. A team of Japanese researchers said last year that they have discovered a way to determine what thoughts are going through a person’s head while they are dreaming. The team used electroencephalography (EEG) to record brain waves and study changes in activity that could be related to the content of dreams. - Red Orbit.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Over 200,000 POUNDS Of Fish Have Died In A Reservoir In Yiyang, China?!

August 29, 2013 - CHINA - August 21, yiyang city of Hunan province anhua zhexi reservoir through a large area of dead fish. It is estimated that fish kills more than 200,000 pounds in 3 days, direct economic losses of nearly 2 million Yuan. Local party and government sector, environmental protection and animal husbandry and aquaculture have an emergency intervention.

A bank in anhua County, yiyang city in zhexi reservoir Bay, two fishermen are piled with dead fish in the rain.

Events: the death of a large number of fish, the relevant department emergency.

The afternoon of August 23, rice in zhexi reservoir Bay shores, and the air was filled with the smell. Chenyanzhang cage, floating in a large number of dead fish.

Chenyanzhang said that from August 21, early in the morning, he discovered some unusual, beginning at noon on that day a dead fish.

The night of August 23, according to fishermen around the chenyanzhang and statistics, a total of 10 fishermen come in the cage of dead fish. Among them, the chenyanzhang million yuan of direct losses, loss of the lightest Li Xiaogang has lost 4,000 catties of fish by fishermen.

Dead fish incident, anhua County Commission, the County Government will carry out relevant work expeditiously. Arrangement of zhexi town, County animal husbandry Bureau of immigration, the County Government, the County Civil Affairs Bureau organization condolence payments of 20,000 dollars for the two affected large sympathies. By County animal husbandry and aquatic products Bureau technical guidance to farmers to avoid similar incidents from happening again. Check dead fish by the town and village levels in landfills.

On August 22, anhua County Environmental Protection Bureau sent monitors to the scene, yiyang city environmental protection Bureau also sent experts to the anhua County guide on August 23.

Reason: the experts found that oxygen in the water, farmers went straight to the local tungsten mine sewage

Fish mass mortality, why not?

Anhua County animal husbandry and aquatic products Bureau Director Zhang Geqing said: "experts believe that leads to fish kills due to water of oxygen. "He also said that the final investigation report has not come out.

Anhua County Environmental Protection Bureau also confirmed Lu Jiong of anoxic water.

"The leading indicators are dissolved oxygen is relatively low. "Lu Jiong, said environmental protection staff after the incident had taken 4 water samples for testing, the current number of indicators have not been the result, but there are two samples of low dissolved oxygen.

For oxygen in the water said, most fishermen agree. The problem is that for some reason makes the water of oxygen?

"Definitely is the presence of tungsten ore. "Fishermen moved steadily Deng said.

Dumplings in zhexi reservoir Bay shores, in anhua County, Hunan outfall tungsten Mining Corporation. Reporters on the scene saw, Xiang tungsten ore by the dam built at the Hill of tailings dams, sewage tailings dam sediment flow into the bottom of the sinkhole, sediment filters again into the reservoir.

According to the reporter, eye, fishermen in cages around the water is very clear.

Local fishermen to transfer their dead fish ashore, in preparation for landfilling.

It is understood that in September 2012, Deng moved steadily over more than 10 fishermen had died, hundreds of thousands of pounds of fish, were identified as tungsten ore due to sewage.

The dead fish incident, also caused by a tungsten mine sewage?

"This year's production of tungsten ore sewage is no exception, like this all the time. If we drain dead fish incident, that should be a dead fish starting from January 1. "Xiang tungsten ore Tan Biao, Minister of security says.

Answer: obviously too low dissolved oxygen, other indicators did not see exception

On August 24, the journalist had Xiang tungsten industry companies including Anyang outfall, water sample test report.

Anhua environment stations of detection results suggests that, chenyanzhang, and Li shouzhen cages near water dissolved oxygen respectively for 1.84mg/l and 2.46mg/l, are below country surface water environment (ⅲ class) quality standard (not below 5 mg/l); culture zone 3 a water suspension objects, and pH value, and COD, and ammonia?  printed ⑶Α⑸ principal  roast   Department Torr crude saltpeter  very sparse holding persimmon really á operates under pop ┍ Telecom muscle?/p>

"From our site surveys and online monitoring of the situation, tungsten ore no unusual discharge. "Lu Jiong said fishery waters of oxygen, should be attributed to the weather,.

By fisheries experts on-site investigation and analysis, the main reason for the large areas of dead fish include: first, due to the long drought and heat wave, suddenly affected by Typhoon "Tam Mei" impact, climate change, atmospheric pressure reduced, water Anoxia caused by oxygen ion mass diffusion. B is caused due to excessive stocking density.

Lu Jiong and sun exposure for a long time, oxygen readily evaporate, and (due to widespread drought) there is no fresh water added, the dissolved oxygen in the water will be less and less. - ENV People.  [Translated]

MASS OYSTER DIE-OFF: Closer To A State Of Emergency As Toxic Algae Water Devastating Treasure Coast, Florida - 100 Percent Of Oyster Beds Found Dead In St. Lucie River!

August 29, 2013 - AMERICA - St. Lucie County commissioners give the go ahead to draft a state of emergency. All commissioners unanimously approved the move.

It will be finalized and voted on next week, which will then open up funding for environmental and economic losses.

The news comes the same day we've learned that nearly 100 percent of the 23 acres of state funded oyster beds are dead. 100 percent of the St. Lucie River in Stuart and Port St. Lucie is toxic. Releases from Lake Okeechobee are estimated to continue through 2014.

All this is taking a toll on the tourism and boating industry, the environment, and even people's health.

Bacteria levels are so high, you can't touch the water or risk an infection. Toxic algae so serious, it can cause liver damage.

Tourism numbers on the west coast of Florida are just in, show 70 percent of the tourism industry is seeing a great economic hit.

Fifty percent of hotel guests say they won't return because of the dirty water.

Treasure Coast officials have not yet surveyed businesses to date, but the numbers won't be good.

"The important thing is let's declare it a State of Emergency," said Mark Perry, Executive Director at Florida Oceanographic Society.  "I mean this is not only an emergency environmentally, but economically for the people in the area for their livelihoods and health-wise. So there should be a state team that comes here from Department of Environmental Protection and the Governor's office, and everyone should be on this."

A state Senate panel last week focused on possible solutions for now, like using cattle ranches and conservation lands to hold water, some of it is land currently flooded by Big Sugar.

$4 million of taxpayer money was spent on the oyster reef project. The water in the spring was crystal clear in the estuary. Now, its toxic.

"This is a real real crisis here," Perry said.

With four months of fresh water pouring in, the salinity in the St. Lucie River plunged to zero.

"We went out and did surveys on August 2 and found about 49 percent mortality in the oysters. But for so much fresh water for so long, they cant tolerate it," Perry said. "Those oysters form reef environments, and create habitats for about 300 species of little crabs, shrimp, and juvenile fish that are based on the food chain, on up the food chain -- that habitat alone is being decimated."

This week the oyster reefs are declared dead. Your tax dollars were spent on a big project, only to be destroyed once again.

"These coastal estuaries cannot take it -- enough is enough." Perry said.

But Perry says we have to keep spending to keep regenerating these reefs, or the entire estuary will die. What would that look like? No fish, dolphins, manatees, nothing will live in the water.

"Look we cant give up. As soon as this events over we have to get back out there and try to recover this habitat, cause oysters and seagrasses and mangroves, these are critical habitats for these coastal estuaries." Perry said.

WATCH: Mass oyster die-off in Florida.

The New York Times is here today, CBS Evening News, are focusing on the economy, and other networks on dolphin deaths. Are we gaining any support for funding a comprehensive solution for the coastal and Lake regions with all this coverage? Not yet.

To bring awareness to Washington this week and encourage funding, Congressman Patrick Murphy is taking a tour of the entire Everglades and Lake region projects with South Florida Water Managers first thing Wednesday.

Murphy is trying to secure federal support in Washington to pay for the projects. Fully-funded, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, passed  in 2000, would cost $8 billion, and take 15 to 20 years to complete.

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