Wednesday, September 18, 2013

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - "Possible" Sinkhole Evacuates Apartments In Clermont, Florida; Near Where A Monster Sinkhole Swallowed Up A Disney Resort Villa Last Month!

September 18, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Not taking any chances after a sinkhole swallowed a resort building near Clermont last month, an apartment complex in Mount Dora has been blocked off to residents after the floor began dropping, officials said.



Caution tape  - Yellow caution tapes surrounds a building at Hampton Villas Apartments in Mount Dora.
Geologicaltesting of the ground is being performed following concerns of structural damage in one
of the apartments. Photos by Theresa Campbell/Daily Commercial


A red placard with words “unsafe” was taped on the front window of Josephine “Jo” Young’s apartment at Hampton Villas in Mount Dora, but that didn’t stop the 86-year-old from getting permission to go in Monday and gather a few things.

“I just want to know what is going on,” Young said, eager to hear if she’ll be able to move back into the apartment that has been her home for five years.

Her apartment was one of eight units deemed at risk of a “possible” sinkhole. Hampton Villas owner Barbara Magalski said concerns were raised earlier this month during an inspection of a vacant apartment at the complex located on Wardell Street, across the street from Mount Dora Middle School.

“We could see that the floor had sunk about 1 ½ inches next to the living room wall,” said Magalski, who noted it was enough of a drop to be declared hazardous by her insurance company. “It’s considered a possible sinkhole, and whenever anything like that is possible, the liability is 100 percent and they (insurers) said ‘empty the building,’” Magalski said.

Hampton Villas made arrangements to move residents to other apartments on the 29-unit property, other locations and motels.

“How could we not do that?” Magalski said of making sure evacuated residents had a place to go.

Some residents received help from Red Cross.

Evacuated resident  Josephine “Jo” Young, 86, was
among residents evacuated from Hampton Villas
Apartments in Mount Dora. She returned
Mondayto gather more of her belongings.
Photos by Theresa Campbell/Daily Commercial
Questions about the structural soundness of the apartment in question comes on the heels of a massive sinkhole that swallowed a Clermont resort last month. Thirty-five guests at Summer Bay Resort were in building 103 when the 100-foot-wide sinkhole caused the structure to collapse. The process was slow and no one was injured, but some frightened guests initially jumped out windows when doors jammed shut.

Magalski said Hampton Villas houses some families with children in school, so she tried to relocate them to other units close buy as to not disrupt their daily schedules.

“This was bad for everybody,” she said. “We were able to relocate some of them right in the same apartment complex and they didn’t have to go far.”

A geologist was hired by the insurance company to test the soil at the complex.

“We are waiting on them to come to a conclusion,” Magalski said. “We should hear something this week.”

On Monday, Magalski received permission from the geologist to have Mount Dora police to remove the yellow caution tape off of the building that houses the laundry area and mailboxes.

“They can get their mail, they can do their laundry, so we’re making a little bit of progress,” she said, adding Hampton Villas acted as quickly as possible to aid the evacuated residents. “We have everybody taken care,” Magalski said. “We sleep very well at night with the things that we have done.”

WATCH: Raw Footage - Sinkhole destroys Florida villa last month.




Kelda Senior, public information officer for Mount Dora, said the city has been working with the complex. “We sympathize with the residents that were required to evacuate their homes with such short notice,” Senior said. “The management of Hampton Villas Apartments has taken swift action to provide options for the relocation of the residents. We will continue to coordinate efforts to address this situation in the coming days.” - Daily Commercial.





GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For September 18, 2013 - Updates On Mauna Loa, Batu Tara, Dukono, And Arenal!

September 18, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.


Recent earthquakes under Mauna Loa volcano.


Mauna Loa (Big Island, Hawai'i): A small earthquake swarm occurred last week under the volcano. During 5-7 September, HVO detected about 350 small earthquakes up to magnitude 2.4 in a tightly clustered area at about 7 km depth west of the summit caldera. Only about 25 were strong enough to be located (map).

The swarm was in the same region where earthquakes began to occur a year or more before Mauna Loa's 1975 and 1984 eruptions. A likely interpretation is that the most recent swarm is a sign that some magma has intruded at the base of the volcano.

It is certainly no sign of an impending eruption in the very near future, but suggests that Mauna Loa, which still is the world's largest ACTIVE volcano, on the medium term, continues to prepare itself for its next eruption.


Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): Explosions that produce ash plumes large enough to be spotted on satellite images occur almost daily now.

This could be merely an effect of better visibility due to currently better weather with less cloud cover, or indicate an increase of activity.

This morning, an ash plume was seen extending 25 nautical miles to the NE, at an estimated altitude of 7,000 ft (2.1 km).


Dukono (Halmahera): An explosion yesterday produced an ash plume rising to about 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude and drifting 25 nautical miles to the NE. (VAAC Darwin)


Arenal (Costa Rica): OVSICORI mentioned that rockfalls with rumbling noises have increased at the volcano over the past weeks. This could suggest that the volcano has started to wake up from its 3 years of slumber.


Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for September 18, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.



GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Sinkhole Forces Closure Of Riverside Drive In Studio City, California!

September 18, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A busy stretch of Riverside Drive in Studio City remained closed Monday morning after a water valve leak caused a 15-by-5-foot sinkhole in the two westbound lanes.


A busy stretch of Riverside Drive remained closed Monday morning after a water valve leak caused a
15-by-5-foot sinkhole in the two westbound lanes. (Kelly Goff/Los Angeles Daily News)

The sinkhole was reported late Sunday night, and crews quickly closed the street between Whitsett Avenue and La Maida Street. The cause of the sinkhole was repaired by 3 a.m., according to a Department of Water and Power spokesman, but crews are awaiting city inspectors before completing road repairs.

“It was caused by an 8-inch water valve leak,” said Albert Rodriguez. “(Department of) Public Works is going to be inspecting the repair because it is near a bridge over the L.A. River.”

He could not give a time estimate on when the street would reopen. - Mercury News.



WEATHER PHENOMENON: Caught On Camera - Stunning Moment Twin Waterspouts Form Over Lake Michigan!

September 18, 2013 - UNITED STATES - This is the spectacular moment twin waterspouts formed over Lake Michigan.

The funnels of water, created when tornadoes develop above the sea, were captured towering over the lake off the Wisconsin shore, near the city of Kenosha.


Stunning: Twin waterspouts tower over Lake Michigan off the Wisconsin shore, near the city of Kenosha.

Vortexes: The funnels of water are created when tornadoes develop above oceans, lakes and rivers.

They were sighted a couple of miles off shore, spinning above the water under a large mushroom cloud.

An eye-witness managed to capture video footage of the breathtaking moment, which was released by Kenosha News yesterday.

Waterspouts, which can spin as fast as 80 miles an hour, occur when a tornado forms over oceans, lakes or other bodies of water.

Layers of cool air blowing over the water cause warm, moist air to sweep up from underneath and form a vortex of condensation.

The twin waterspouts, which were spotted at Lake Michigan at about 1.30pm (7.30pm GMT) on Thursday, were a result of ideal weather conditions, according to a U.S. National Weather Service meteorologist.


Cloudy: The waterspouts were sighted a couple of miles off shore, spinning under a large funnel cloud.

Layers of cool air blowing over the water cause warm, moist air to sweep up from underneath and
form a column of condensation.

The waterspouts formed after warmer lake temperatures combined with very cold air higher up in the
atmosphere,  according to a U.S. National Weather Service meteorologist.

Waterspouts can spin as fast as 80 miles an hour, with inside winds spiraling from 60 to 120 miles an hour.

He said warmer lake temperatures and very cold air higher up in the atmosphere had combined to make the air unstable - leading to the formation of the waterspouts.

The twin funnels, which initially merged into one large waterspout before splitting, were not expected to spin on to land. However, more were predicted throughout the day. 


WHAT ARE WATERSPOUTS?


Waterspouts are created when tornadoes develop over the sea.

Layers of cool air blowing over the water cause warm, moist air to sweep up from underneath and form a column of condensation.


WATCH: Stunning video - Twin waterspouts caught on camera at Lake Michigan.





They can move as fast as 80 miles an hour, with inside winds spiraling from 60 to 120 miles an hour.

The 'water twisters' can last up to half an hour.

They are most common in the Florida Keys, where there can be as many as 500 each year.

- Daily Mail.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Tracking Developments At The Giant Lousiana Sinkhole - No Detection Of Any Significant Elevation Of Seismic Activity At Oxy 3 Cavern; Public Briefing Presentation And Subsidence Information Released! [LATEST FLYOVER VIDEO]

September 18, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The following constitutes the latest updates from the Assumption Parish Police Jury on the giant Louisiana sinkhole:





Public Briefing Presentation - September 18, 2013.
The information presented at yesterday’s briefing is accessible at:
http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/OC/BC_All_Updates/BCPublic.Briefing.9172013.pdf


Subsidence Information - September 18, 2013.
DNR has advised that subsidence information in the Bayou Corne area is accessible at:
http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=1150


Update from the Office of Conservation - September 17, 2013.
Sinkhole Activity Code 1 – lowest level – no detection of significant elevation of seismic activity in area of sinkhole/Oxy 3 cavern

Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

- Building enclosures for ventilation systems at 1465 Sauce Piquante and 174 Crawfish Stew
- Dewatering ports at all installed ventilation systems
- Retrofitting new profile blowers at 1465 Sauce Piquante

ORW/CPT Wells

- Installing containment around compressors for drawdown test of ORWs
- Installing high-capacity pump on ORW 9 (west of containment berm)
- Installing CPT 117 (south of La. 70, east of Texas Brine facility)
- Identifying areas for proposed DPVE wells in Bayou Corne community

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole

- Completing construction of new northwest access road and pad
- Continuing excavation for overflow structure on western containment berm
- Placing gravel on east berm build-out to be used for drawdown tank for OGRW 1
- Determining sites for sinkhole profile and sampling areas


Flyover Video - September 17, 2013.
Here is the video of the latest flyover of the sinkhole:


WATCH: Flyover - September 17, 2013.





History of the sinkhole
The sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the size it is now. The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern collapsed.

In the past, seismic activity is reported, then the sinkhole burps up debris and then a slough-in happens. Burps occur when air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris and an oily substance to float to the top. A slough-in is when the sinkhole swallows trees and land that is on the edge of the sinkhole.

Berms were placed around the sinkhole shortly after it opened up to keep the oily, debris filled water contained to the sinkhole area so it would not contaminate the area bayous.

It has been a year since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their homes.

Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left what is now a 24-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and the most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern that collapsed, causing the sinkhole.

On August 2, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the state will be suing Texas Brine for environmental damages caused by the failed Texas Brine cavern.

Parish and Texas Brine officials agree the situation is far from over. 3D seismic surveys show the sinkhole itself it beginning to slow and stabilize, but the recovery is focused on another danger; natural gas gathering underneath a nearby aquifer.



DELUGE: Precursors To A Global Coastal Event - East, West, South; Severe Weather Slaps Mexico On 3 Fronts; 57 Lives Lost; ONE MILLION PEOPLE Affected; Over 40,000 Stranded!

September 18, 2013 - MEXICO - Severe weather was hitting Mexico from nearly all sides Wednesday as Tropical Depression Manuel, the remnants of Tropical Storm Ingrid, and a new area of low pressure threatened most of the country with rain.

At least 57 lives had been lost due to the storms.


Two men wait for help in a flooded street in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, after heavy rains
hit the area on September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo/Pedro Pardo)

Residents attempt to flee from the flooded area in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, after heavy rains
hit the area on September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo/Pedro Pardo)


The hardest hit area was the Pacific state of Guerrero, where an estimated 40,000 tourists were stuck as dozens of roads were damaged and the airport in Acapulco temporarily suspended services.

Tropical Depression Manuel, which was off the west-central coast of Mexico, was responsible for the downpour on the Pacific coast. The storm could strengthen into a tropical storm on Wednesday as it takes a turn toward Baja California, the National Hurricane Center reported.

"The aid is flowing," Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told reporters. "A large deployment (of resources) is being made specifically to the most affected areas."


View of the flooded area in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, after heavy rains hit the area on
September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo/Pedro Pardo)

View of the flooded area in Puerto Marques in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, after heavy rains
hit the area on September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo/Pedro Pardo)

Residents attempt to leave the flooded area in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, after heavy
rains hit the area on September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo/Pedro Pardo)

Mexican soldiers and police look for victims of a landslide caused by heavy rains in Xaltepec
community, State of Veracruz, Mexico on September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Mexican soldiers and police look for victims of a landslide caused by heavy rains in Xaltepec
community, State of Veracruz, Mexico on September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Mexican Navy members secure a flooded area to prevent theft and robbery in Acapulco, Guerrero state,
Mexico, after heavy rains hit the area on September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo)

The severe weather made it difficult for aid to be airlifted into the hardest-hit areas, but were scheduled to resume Wednesday, he said.

While Manuel cast a shadow over the Pacific coast, a low pressure area on the Gulf side -- the remnants of Ingrid -- continued to threaten the coastal states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

And to the south, over the Yucatan Peninsula, another area of low pressure had a 70% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said.


Tourists wade through a flooded street in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, after heavy rains
hit the area on September 16, 2013 (AFP Photo)

Stranded tourists gather around a Mexican air force plane at the air base in Pie de la Cuesta, near Acapulco,
as they wait to be evacuated on Tuesday, September 17. An estimated 40,000 tourists were stranded in the
Pacific state of Guerrero as dozens of roads were damaged and Acapulco's airport temporarily
suspended services due to Tropical Depression Manuel.

More than 1 million residents across Mexico have been affected in some way by the storms, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told reporters.

Acapulco airport operator Centro Norte Airport Group moved its ticketing process to a convention center because of flooding in the passenger terminals.


WATCH: Mexico battered by two tropical storms.





Several airlines were waiving fees and helping get passengers out as the airport began to operate again.

Some 2,000 people had been flown from Acapulco to Mexico City as of Tuesday night.

The Acapulco city government said some 40,000 tourists were stranded in the resort destination. The government set up special hotlines to help tourists, and businesses were offering special discounts for those who found themselves stuck. - CNN.



THE AGE OF OBAMA: Precursors To The End Of The United States Corporation & The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - In Obama's First Term, Real Median Income Down $2,627; People in Poverty Up 6,667,000; Record 46,496,000 Now Poor; 23,116,928 To 20,618,000 Households On Food Stamps Now Outnumber All Households In Northeast U.S.; Maryland Counties Join Movement To Secede From Largely Democrat-Run State!

September 18, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A record 23,116,928 American households were enrolled in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—AKA food stamps—during the month of June, according to data released this month by the Department of Agriculture.




23,116,928 To 20,618,000 - Households On Food Stamps Outnumber Households In Northeast US
That outnumbers the 20,618,000 households that the Census Bureau estimated were in the entire Northeastern United States as of the second quarter of 2013.

According to the Census Bureau, the Northeast region includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Thus, in June, the households receiving food stamps exceeded the total combined households in all of these states.

The 23,116,928 million households on food stamps in June also outnumbered the 15,030,000 home-owning households in the entire Western United States in the second quarter of the year and the 18,018,000 home-owning households in the entire Midwest.

The West, as delineated by the Census Bureau, includes Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii. So, the number of households taking food stamps in June outnumbered all of the home-owning households in all of these stated combined.

The Midwest includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. So, the number of households on food stamps in June also outnumbered all the home-owning households in this set of states.

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
(According to the Census Bureau, in the second quarter of 2013, there were 20,618,000 households in the Northeast United States, including 13,021 households that owned their residence and 7,597 that rented. In the Midwest, there were 25,944,000 households, including 18,108 that owned and 7,926,000 that rented. In the West, there 25,322,000 households, including 15,030,000 that owned and 10,293 that rented. And, in the South, there 42,794,000 households, including 28,475,000 that owned and 14,318,000 that rented.)

The record 23,116,928 households on food stamps in June also equaled 20.16 percent—or more than one-fifth--of all 114,663,000 households nationwide in the United States as of June, according to the Census Bureau.

The 23,116,928 household on food stamps in June was an increase of 45,908 from the 23,071,020 household on food stamps in May.

In fiscal 2009, the year President Barack Obama was inaugurated, there was a monthly average of 15,161,469 American households on food stamps, according to the Department of Agriculture. The 23,116,928 households on food stamps in June exceeded that 2009 monthly average by 7,955,459 households—or 52 percent.

Thus, in America in June, there were 52 percent more households on Food Stamps than there were in the average month of the first year President Obama took office.



Real Median Income Down $2,627; People in Poverty Up 6,667,000; Record 46,496,000 Now Poor
President Barack Obama serves chicken sausage gumbo on
Sept. 10, 2011 at the DC Central Kitchen.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
During the four years that marked President Barack Obama’s first term in office, the real median income of American households dropped by $2,627 and the number of people in poverty increased by approximately 6,667,000, according to data released today by the Census Bureau.

The record total of approximately 46,496,000 people in the United States who are now in poverty, according to the Census Bureau, is more than twice the population of Syria, which, according to the CIA, has 22,457,336 people.

In 2008, the year Obama was elected, real median household income in the United States was $53,644 according to the Census Bureau. In 2012, the last full year of Obama’s first term, median household income was $51,017. Thus, real median household income dropped $2,627—or 4.89 percent—from 2008 to 2012.

In fact, real median household income dropped in every year of Obama's first term. In 2008, when he was elected, it was $53,644. In 2009, the year he was inaugurated, it dropped to 53,285. In 2010, his second year in office, it dropped to $51,892. In 2011, his third year in office, it dropped to $51,100. And, in 2012, his fourth year in office, it dropped to $51,017.

At the same time the number of people living in poverty in the United States increased. In 2008, according to the Census Bureau, there were approximately 39,829,000 people living in poverty in this country. In 2012, there were 46,496,000. That is an increase of approximately 6,667,000—of 16.73 percent—from 2008 to 2012.

The number of people in poverty increased during three of the four years of Obama's first term--taking a slight dip from 2010 to 2011, but then rising again from 2011 to 2012. In 2008, there were 39,829 people in poverty in the U.S. In 2009, it climbed to 43,569. In 2010, it climbed again to 46,343. In 2011, it dipped to 46,247. And, in 2012, it climbed to an all-time high 46,496.

In 2008, the year Obama was elected, people in poverty represented 13.2 percent of the national population. In 2012, they represented 15.0 percent of the population.

The income threshold at which a person was determined to be in “poverty,” according to the Census Bureau, depended on the size of their household. If a person lived by themselves and earned less than $11,270 in 2012, they were considered to be in poverty. A family of two people was considered in poverty if they earned less than $14,937. The threshold for a family of three was $18,284, for a family of four it was $23,492, and for a family of five it was $27,827.

The data reported here on real median household income and the number of people in poverty come from the Census Bureau’s report “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012,” which was released today.


- CNS News.




Maryland Counties Join Movement To Secede From Largely Democrat-Run State.
Shown here is Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. AP
A group of Maryland residents frustrated with its state’s liberal government is joining a recent movement across the country of regions trying to secede.

Western Maryland is made up of five counties whose residents largely vote Republican and feel under-represented at the state capitol, run by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and a Democrat-controlled legislature.

The movement began in July as a social-media effort, with activist Scott Strzelczyk starting a Facebook page titled the Western Maryland Initiative.

The movement, however, has since garnered significant media attention, with Strzelczyk talking to everybody from National Public Radio to The Washington Post.

“We are tired of this,” he said during an interview Thursday with Washington-area NPR affiliate WAMU. “We have had enough.”

Strzelczyk said the biggest concerns are increasing taxes, and the Democrat-controlled legislature gerrymander voting district so that the state’s big metropolitan areas have the most representation and tighter gun laws enacted this year, which he calls “the last straw.”

The movement is just one of several across the country that includes the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, Northern California and several conservative northern Colorado counties.

The Colorado effort is backed by the Tea Party movement and has gotten the issue put on the November ballot as a non-binding referendum. The movement was also driven in large part by state lawmakers passing tighter gun-control legislation this year that was signed by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, argues the movement goes beyond disgruntled conservatives, pointing out Democrats in South Florida and western Arizona counties want to break from their states, which they consider run by Republicans.

“This is about folks who just do not believe they are being represented, whether it's Democrats and Republicans,” he told WAMU.

Still, secession will not be easy, for a variety of reasons, including that many of these remote, rural regions rely on money generated in their state’s more commercial and populated cities. And secession leaders would need state and federal approval, which seems unlikely considering the last time a region broke off was 1863, when 50 western Virginia counties split to form West Virginia.

Strzelczyk acknowledges he is helping lead a longshot effort but says the movement will go forward with such efforts as starting policy committees, reaching out to lawmakers and forming a nonprofit 501 (c) (4) group that is allowed to engage in political activities.

“This is about popular support,” he said. “Ultimately, if the people of these five western counties do not support this effort, we’re not going to force them to leave.” - FOX News.



ELECTRIC UNIVERSE: A 300-Year-Old Riddle Finally Solved - Earth's Inner Core Spins In An Eastward Direction, Opposite To The Outer Core; Will Help Scientists Better Understand The Effects Of Electromagnetism On Our Planet's Magnetic Field!

September 18, 2013 - EARTH -Scientists claim to have solved a 300-year-old mystery about which direction the centre of the Earth spins.

In their new model, the Earth's inner core, made up of solid iron, 'superrotates' in an eastward direction – meaning it spins faster than the rest of the planet.


Earth's inner core (the very central sphere) 'superrotates' in an eastward direction- meaning it spins faster than
the rest of the planet. Meanwhile the outer core (the yellow sphere) spins westwards at a slower pace.

Meanwhile the outer core, made up of mainly molten iron, spins westwards at a slower pace.

 Edmund Halley showed the westward-drifting motion of the Earth's geomagnetic field in 1692.

However, this is first time that scientists have been able to link the way the inner core spins to the behaviour of the outer core.

The researchers at Leeds University claim the planet behaves in this way because it is responding to the Earth's geomagnetic field.

In the last few decades, seismometers measuring earthquakes travelling through the Earth's core have identified an eastwards superrotation of the solid inner core, relative to Earth's surface.

‘The link is simply explained in terms of equal and opposite action,’ said Dr Philip Livermore, of the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds University.

 'The magnetic field pushes eastwards on the inner core, causing it to spin faster than the Earth, but it also pushes in the opposite direction in the liquid outer core, which creates a westward motion.’

The solid iron inner core is about the size of the Moon. It is surrounded by the liquid outer core, an iron alloy, whose movement generates the geomagnetic field.

Although the inner core is 5,200km beneath our feet, the effect of its presence is especially important on Earth's surface.


The solid iron inner core is about the size of the Moon. It is surrounded by the liquid outer core (blue), an iron alloy,
whose movement generates the geomagnetic field. The inner core and rotation axis on this model are shown in grey.

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In particular, as the inner core grows, the heat released during solidification drives convection in the fluid in the outer core. This convection generates our geomagnetic field.

Without our magnetic field, the surface would not be protected from solar radiation, and life on Earth would not be able to exist.

 The findings could help scientists better understand the dynamics of the core of the Earth and the planet’s magnetic field.

The fact that the Earth's internal magnetic field changes slowly, over a timescale of decades, means that the electromagnetic force responsible for pushing the inner and outer cores will itself change over time, claims Leeds University.

This, they believe, may explain fluctuations in the eastwards rotation of the inner core.

Previous research based on archaeological artefacts and rocks suggests that the drift direction has not always been westwards.

Scientists believe some periods of eastwards motion may have occurred in the last 3,000 years.


The magnetic field pushes eastwards on the inner core, causing it to spin faster than the Earth, but it also
pushes in the opposite direction in the liquid outer core, which creates a westward motion.


If the theory of this model is correct, this suggests that the inner core may have also undergone a westwards rotation.

The authors used a model of the Earth's core which was run on the giant super-computer Monte Rosa, part of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre in Lugano, Switzerland.

Using a new method, they were able to simulate the Earth's core with an accuracy about 100 times better than other models.


A NEW SPIN ON AN OLD PROBLEM
Nearly a decade ago Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said it had found that the Earth's inner core is rotating faster than the planet itself.

The inner core rotates in the same direction as the Earth and slightly faster, completing its once-a-day rotation about two-thirds of a second faster than the entire Earth.

Over the past 100 years that extra speed has gained the core a quarter-turn on the planet as a whole, the scientists found.

Such motion is remarkably fast for geological movements -- some 100,000 times faster than the drift of continents, they noted.

The scientists made their finding by measuring changes in the speed of earthquake-generated seismic waves that pass through the inner core.

The latest study builds on this research by linking the way the inner core spins to the behaviour of the outer core.

- Daily Mail.



WORLD WAR III: The Gathering And Build-Up Of The Global War Machine - Russia Adds 3 Ships To Naval Fleet Near Syria, More Than Doubling U.S. Presence; China Builds Fast To Trigger Drone, In Race With America; India Test-Fires Long-Range Missile And Japan Launches New, More Affordable Rocket!

September 18, 2013 - WAR - Despite a diplomatic breakthrough Sunday by Russia and the United States in the process to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, the global military machine continues relentlessly.

Here are a few examples, in what seems to be an inevitable spiral towards world war:


Russia Adds 3 Ships To Naval Fleet Near Syria, More Than Doubling U.S. Presence.
Russia’s Moskva guided-missile cruiser. /RIA Novosti.

The Russian Navy plans to send a task force to the eastern Mediterranean that would outnumber the U.S. presence in the region. The Russian Navy said it would deploy 10 warships in the eastern Mediterranean near Syria. Officials said seven surface vessels were already in the region.

“The tasks are very clear: to avoid the slightest threat to the borders and national security,” Russian Navy commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said.  In a briefing on Sept. 13, Chirkov identified the three ships that were being sent near the Syrian coast. They are the Moskva guided-missile cruiser, the Smetlivy destroyer and the Nikolai Filchenkov assault ship.  “This is the practice of all navies of the world — to be located where the level of tension is increasing,” Chirkov said.  “They [ships] are all acting according to the operational command plan of the offshore maritime zone.” 

The Russian plan would deploy a naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean that was more than double that of the U.S. Navy. By mid-September, the U.S. Navy’s European Command, hampered by budget restrictions, sent four warships near Syria.  The Russian announcement came hours before Moscow and Washington reached agreement on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. That agreement suspended U.S. plans for an imminent air strike on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.  The Russian presence was part of a Kremlin plan to deploy a permanent task force in the eastern Mediterranean. Officials said the Russian Navy began its buildup in 2012, and in May 2013 the warships came under a single task force.  Officials said Moskva was scheduled to arrive in the eastern Mediterranean on Sept. 16. They said some of the ships could receive supplies from the Syrian port of Tartous, the only Russian Navy facility abroad. - World Tribune.


China Builds Fast To Trigger Drone, In Race With America.


China has sent a military drone on what is thought to be the first mission of its kind in a significant show of the country’s determination to match America and Japan in the technology of warfare.

Japanese F-15 jet fighters scrambled from a base in Okinawa last Monday to intercept the unmanned aerial vehicle, which turned back towards the Chinese coast.

Although the drone flew in international airspace, officials in Tokyo said it had entered Japan’s air defence identification zone. Last year Japan scrambled its fighters more than 300 times to intercept Chinese military aircraft.

The Japanese defence ministry later released aerial pictures of the craft as it circled about 100 miles north of the disputed Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyu in China. - The Sunday Times.


India Test-Fires Long-Range Missile.
Once the 17.5-metre tall Agni-V becomes fully operational, India will fully break into the super-exclusive ICBM
(intercontinental ballistic missile) club of the US, Russia, China, France and the UK that wield such missiles.

India on Sunday successfully test-fired for a second time a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, marking another advance in its military capabilities.

The Agni V blasted off at 8:50 am (0320 GMT) from a concrete launchpad on an island off the eastern state of Orissa.

"The missile met all the mission objectives with absolute accuracy," M.V.K.V. Prasad, director of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, told AFP.

Analysts say Agni V has the range to strike any target on the Chinese mainland, including military installations in the far northeast.

It was developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation, which described the missile as a "non-country specific" deterrent while hailing Sunday's launch as a major milestone.

"This second successful test of Agni V has demonstrated the maturity, repeatability and robustness of the system," the organisation said in a statement.

The country was now ready to start a process of production and subsequent induction of the missile, it added.

India sees the rocket, which has a range of 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles), as a major boost to its regional power aspirations.

It narrows -- albeit slightly -- the huge gap with China's missile systems.

Agni, which means "fire" in Sanskrit, is the name given to a series of rockets India developed as part of a guided missile development project launched in 1983.

The Agni V was first tested in April last year.

While the shorter-range Agni I and II were mainly developed with traditional rival Pakistan in mind, later versions with a longer range reflect the shift in India's focus towards China, analysts say.

India and China, each with a population of more than one billion, have prickly relations and a legacy of mistrust that stems from a brief but bloody border war in 1962.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony congratulated defence scientists on the second successful launch, saying they had made the country proud. - Space Daily.


Japan Launches New, More Affordable Rocket.


Japan on Saturday launched the first of its new generation of rockets, which will make the county's space missions more affordable, officials said.


The Epsilon rocket, which is about half the size of its predecessor, cost about $37 million to develop, or about half as much as Japan's previous generations of rockets, the BBC reported.

The rocket was launched from southwestern Japan Saturday afternoon and was carrying a telescope that Jaxa, Japan's space program, says is the world's first space telescope that is able to remotely view planets such as Venus, Mars and Jupiter from its Earth orbit. The telescope was successfully released about 620 miles above the Earth's surface. - Space Daily.




TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines - Scientists Now Much Closer To Creating Self-Healing Terminator!

September 18, 2013 - UNITED KINGDOM - The CIDETEC Centre for Electrochemical Technologies is where researchers have invented a self-healing polymer that can fuse back together without heat or light.




Dubbed the new Terminator polymer , this plastic can be cut in half and reconnect to “heal” itself just as the liquid metal robot did in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

The technical term for the material is a “permanently cross-linked poly(urea-urethane) elastomeric network.”

The authors of the research paper explained : “The fact that poly(urea-urethane)s with similar chemical composition and mechanical properties are already used in a wide range of commercial products makes this system very attractive for a fast and easy implementation in real industrial applications.”

With a minimal amount of time, the “self-healing thermoset elastomer” can reattach to mend itself because the material is derived from a Velcro-like sealant.

San Sebastian, lead researcher explained that “after being cut in two and the pieces pushed back together, one sample 97 per cent healed in two hours.”

The team said “such a material presents near quantitative self-healing efficiency at room-temperature, without the need for any external intervention such as heat or light.”


WATCH: The "Terminator" polymer.





Perhaps the researchers for the Royal Society that have developed this self-healing polymer, could use it in tandem with Atlas; the humanoid robot that stands over 6 feet tall and weighs 290 pounds, being called “one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built.”

Atlas was created by Boston Dynamics, INC, (BD) with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

This robot “is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.”

Bult like a human, Atlas has “sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.”

WATCH: Meet ATLAS.





Last August, Boston Dynamics won a $10.9 million contract to manufacture humanoid robots that are bi-pedal, built like humans and have a sensor head with on-board computing capabilities. Completion of the project is expected for August of 2014.

These robots are being created to assist in excavation and rescue missions, according to DARPA . They could also be employed to evacuation operations during either man-made or natural disasters.

Kent Massey, director of advanced programs for HDT Robotics , who attended the DARPA meeting in which the purpose of the allocation of humanoid robotic technology was explained, said: “The goal of this Grand Challenge is to create a humanoid robot that can operate in an environment built for people and use tools made for people. The specific challenge is built around an industrial disaster response.”

These human-controlled robots will be strong enough to “clear a room” and “facilitate sentry control and combat causality recovery.” Yet these “terminators” would easily be the most effective weapon against civil unrest or radical revolutionaries that did not subscribe to the globalist agenda.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report entitled “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots” which warns that autonomous synthetic armed forces lack conscious empathy that human soldiers have and could perform lethal missions without provocation.

Autonomous synthetic robots used as weapons cannot inherently conform to “the requirements of international humanitarian law” as they cannot adequately distinguish “between soldiers and civilians on the battlefield or apply the human judgment necessary to evaluate the proportionality of an attack – whether civilian harm outweighs military advantage.”

Using the excuse that these robots would save military lives in combat situations, does not address the fact that they are fully programmable computers lacking compassion for human life – whether it is for the targeted “enemies” or civilians.

The HRW report states: “Human emotions provide one of the best safeguards against killing civilians, and a lack of emotion can make killing easier. Emotions should be viewed as central to restraint in war.”

Indeed, the responsibility factor is questionable on a legal stand-point because who is ultimately responsible for the actions of a synthetic armed force robot?
Would the ultimate charge fall to the:
• Commander
• Programmer
• Manufacturer

HRW, a non-governmental organization, has partnered with Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic to demand that an international treaty be drawn that would strictly “prohibit the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons.”

The restriction of national governments from developing, producing and using these “weapons” within domestic borders is also being brought to light. - Occupy Corporatism.




WORLD WAR III: The Syrian Passage To Iran - President Obama Says United States Is Prepared To Strike Iran!

September 18, 2013 - UNITED STATES - President Obama declared that the United States is still prepared to act militarily to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons despite the decision to pursue a diplomatic deal and not strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.




He also acknowledged that his approach to the Syria crisis has been uneven, but defended it as producing the right results.

Obama spoke in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” taped Friday before the United States and Russia agreed on a plan to bring Syrian chemical weapons under international control in order to avoid military strikes.

But Obama said Iran should not interpret the diplomatic response — coming after he threatened to use strikes — as suggesting that the United States wouldn’t attack Iran to stop the development of nuclear weapons.

“I think what the Iranians understand is that the nuclear issue is a far larger issue for us than the chemical weapons issue, that the threat . . . against Israel that a nuclear Iran poses is much closer to our core interests,” Obama said. “My suspicion is that the Iranians recognize they shouldn’t draw a lesson that we haven’t struck [Syria] to think we won’t strike Iran.”

Obama said, however, that what the Iranians should draw from this episode is that it is possible to resolve this type of disagreement diplomatically.

“My view is that if you have both a credible threat of force, combined with a rigorous diplomatic effort, that, in fact you can . . . strike a deal,” he said, confirming that he had communicated with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by letter.

Obama also defended his approach to the Syrian crisis, acknowledging that it has been turbulent, but insisting that it has achieved the right results.


WATCH: Obama Defends Syria Policy.





The comments come after a number of lawmakers and foreign policy experts on both sides of the aisle have criticized Obama for first making the case to go to war in Syria, then deciding to ask Congress for approval, and then making the case for strikes to a prime-time audience while also announcing that he would first give a Russian diplomatic proposal a chance to work.

In response to those criticisms, Obama said he is less interested in style than results.

“I think that folks here in Washington like to grade on style. And so had we rolled out something that was very smooth and disciplined and linear, they would have graded it well, even if it was a disastrous policy. We know that, because that’s exactly how they graded the Iraq war,” Obama said.

He added, “I’m much more concerned about getting the policy right. . . . As a consequence of the steps that we’ve taken over the last two weeks to three weeks, we now have a situation in which Syria has acknowledged it has chemical weapons, has said it’s willing to join the convention on chemical weapons, and Russia, its primary sponsor, has said that it will pressure Syria to reach that agreement. That’s my goal. And if that goal is achieved, then it sounds to me like we did something right.”

Obama also played down differences with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin as Russia and the United States work together to resolve the Syria standoff.

“Mr. Putin and I have strong disagreements on a whole range of issues,” Obama said. “But I can talk to him. We have worked together on important issues. . . . This is not the Cold War. This is not a contest between the United States and Russia.”

Obama plans to pivot back to a focus on the economy this week ahead of major fiscal battles in Congress, and he said he could change the direction of the economy — including the upward path of inequality — if Congress would let him.

Asked if a president just couldn’t stop inequality, he responded, “I think the president can stop it. The problem is that there continues to be a major debate here in Washington.”

While he acknowledged that government can’t overcome every trend in the market, policy that invests in the economy “pushes against these trends. And the problem that we’ve got right now is you’ve got a portion of Congress whose policies don’t just want to you know, leave things alone; they actually want to accelerate these trends.” - Washington Post.