Saturday, May 10, 2014

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: NGC 2024 - Space Telescope Reveals Weird Star Cluster Conundrum!

May 10, 2014 - SPACE - We thought we had star formation mechanisms pinned down, but according to new observations of two star clusters, it seems our understanding of how stars are born is less than stellar.

NGC 2024 is a star cluster found in the center of the Flame Nebula, approximately 1,400 light-years from Earth. This
observation combines X-ray and infrared data from NASA's Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes, respectively.NASA

When zooming in on the young star clusters of NGC 2024 (in the center of the Flame Nebula) and the Orion Nebula Cluster, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory teamed up with infrared telescopes to take a census of star ages. Conventional thinking suggests that stars closest to the center of a given star cluster should be the oldest and the youngest stars can be found around the edges.

However, to their surprise, astronomers have discovered that the opposite is true.

“Our findings are counterintuitive,” said Konstantin Getman of Penn State University, lead scientist of this new study. “It means we need to think harder and come up with more ideas of how stars like our sun are formed.”

It is thought that stars form after the gravitational collapse of vast clouds of dust and gas, or nebulae. The densest material can be found at the nebula’s center and, as the thinking goes, will be ripe for the first stars in that nebula to appear. After the first stars in the nebula’s center burst to life with fusion burning cores, the leftover gases in the less dense portions of the nebula will generate stars later on.

After using Chandra data to gauge the stars’ masses and brightnesses, and then combining that data with infrared observations, stellar ages could be calculated. In the case of NGC 2024, the researchers noticed that the stars in the cluster’s core were 200,000 years old, but the stars on the outer edges were much older — around 1.5 million years old. Likewise, the Orion Nebula Cluster hosts stars in its core that are 1.2 million years old and the ones around the edge were 2 million years old.

This discovery has caught astrophysicists on the hop and may turn our understanding of star forming regions on its head.

“A key conclusion from our study is we can reject the basic model where clusters form from the inside out,” said coauthor Eric Feigelson, also of Penn State. “So we need to consider more complex models that are now emerging from star formation studies.”

So what’s going on? Is our understanding of stellar mechanics really that wrong? Not necessarily, but star cluster evolution models will certainly need some tweaking.

The researchers have several possible answers to the conundrum. First, it could be that there’s simply more gas in the center of the star-forming nebula that allows stars to be born long after stars have finished forming in the depleted edges of the cluster. That would make it appear that there are older stars at the edges than in the core. Secondly, stars that formed first in the cluster’s center have more time to gravitationally interact with other stars, causing them to be slingshotted to the cluster’s edges, leaving younger stars behind.

Thirdly, the young stars could be formed in the cluster’s center by filaments of gas and dust that fall into the center of the cluster. This could be envisaged as a sort of “conveyer belt” effect where older stars are replaced in the core by new stars being created by in-falling material.

Whether one of these theories is the correct one (or whether it’s a combination of all three) remains to be seen, but this is certainly a reminder that the physics of star formation is far from being fully understood; it is an exciting and evolving field of study that turns up its fair share of surprises. - FOX News.

THE EUROPEAN EXO-SKELETON: Animal And Human Hybrids Are Already Here - Crazed European Scientists Are "Playing God" With Our DNA And Creating The Unthinkable!

May 10, 2014 - DNA, GENES & TECHNOLOGY CRAZED SCIENTISTS all over the globe are “playing god” with the very building blocks of life.  Today, thanks to extraordinary advances in the field of genetic modification, scientists are now able to do things that were once unthinkable.  Part human/part animal hybrid monsters are being created by scientists all over the planet and it is all perfectly legal.  Scientists justify mixing the DNA of humans and animals by claiming that it will help them “cure diseases” and “feed the world”, but the reality is that all of this genetic modification is a tremendous threat to the human race.

It is only a matter of time before humans start allowing themselv es to be genetically-modified in order to “fight illness” or to “enhance” their abilities.  The temptation to insert the genes of animals or plants into people in order to create “super soldiers” or a “superior race” will certainly prove to be much too tempting.  Unless something is done to hold all of this back, it seems almost certain that genetic hell will be unleashed on the human race.  Once genetically-modified humans start breeding with normal humans there will be no putting the genie back into the bottle.  Eventually, we could get to the point where there are very few “100% humans” left.

Most Americans have heard about genetic modification, but most of them don’t know a whole lot about it.

Today, the vast majority of the corn and the vast majority of the soy that you eat have been genetically-modified. In fact, there are thousands upon thousands of food products on store shelves today that contain genetically-modified material. But modifying plants is one thing.  What is even more frightening is when scientists use genetic modification to mix humans with animals.

Recently, a Daily Mail article discussed a new report in the UK that noted that over 150 “human-animal hybrid embryos” have been created in British labs.  The following is a brief excerpt from that article….
Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.
The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.
The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far.
So who is going to tell scientists when they have gone too far?

Most countries around the globe allow scientists to do pretty much whatever they want when it comes to genetic modification. The mixing of humans and animals is even going on inside the United States. The following is from an article posted on MSNBC a few years ago entitled “Scientists Create Animals That Are Part-Human“….
On a farm about six miles outside this gambling town, Jason Chamberlain looks over a flock of about 50 smelly sheep, many of them possessing partially human livers, hearts, brains and other organs.
What do you think most Americans would say if you told them that creatures that are part human/part sheep are being grown inside the United States? Do you think that they would believe you?

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is currently considering
whether donors can be paid for their services.

Well, it turns out that our scientists are creating all kinds of monsters that are part human.  Just check out what that same MSNBC article said is currently going on….
In the past two years, scientists have created pigs with human blood, fused rabbit eggs with human DNA and injected human stem cells to make paralyzed mice walk.
So shouldn’t we be getting upset about all of this? Of course we should be.
But the mainstream media barely mentions the bizarre human/animal hybrids that are being created all over the country and so most Americans don’t even realize that it is happening.

There is a lot of other sick stuff going on out there as well. Did you know that in many areas it is perfectly legal to create human clones for scientific research purposes? It’s true.

For example, recently reported that in the state of Minnesota it is now perfectly legal “to use taxpayer dollars to create cloned human embryos“.

Scientists claim that this is perfectly acceptable because they only allow the clones to live for a few days.
Are you disturbed yet? If not, you should be. There is some really twisted stuff going on in the scientific community. Scientists are now coming up with some very “unique” ways to expand the food supply. In fact, many of us may soon be eating “human gelatin”.

Research centre: Warwick University has been growing animal human hybrids over the last three years.

According to an article in Science Daily, scientists are excited about the potential of putting “human-derived gelatin” into marshmallows, candy and other desserts….
Scientists are reporting development of a new approach for producing large quantities of human-derived gelatin that could become a substitute for some of the 300,000 tons of animal-based gelatin produced annually for gelatin-type desserts, marshmallows, candy and innumerable other products.
Doesn’t that just sound so yummy?
So exactly how would this “human gelatin” be made? The following is how that same Science Daily article describes the process….
To get around these difficulties, the scientists developed and demonstrated a method where human gelatin genes are inserted into a strain of yeast, which can produce gelatin with controllable features.
Yuck! Pretty soon we all may actually be eating “soylent green“.

Look, if you don’t know much about genetic modification you really need to get educated because it is one of the greatest threats our planet is facing today. My recent article entitled “Genetic Modification Gone Wild: 10 Signs That Our World May Be Destined To Resemble A Really Bad Science Fiction Movie” is a great place to get started.
The following are a few examples of genetic modification involving human DNA that are noted in that article….

In China, scientists have inserted human genes into the DNA of dairy cow embryos.  At this point, approximately 200 hybrid cows have been successfully produced.  These cows can produce milk that is virtually identical to human breast milk.  The scientists hope to have huge herds of these cows producing an alternative to human breast milk soon, and they hope to have this “milk” sold in global supermarkets within 3 years.

Scientists at Rockefeller University have injected human genes into mice.  These “humanized mice” are being used to study the spread of the hepatitis C virus.
In Missouri, entities that are part pig and part human are being grown with the goal of providing organs for human transplants.
Countries all over the world are doing this kind of research.

Unless people start objecting, this “research” is going to keep spreading and it is going to keep becoming even more bizarre. Science is messing with the very building blocks of life.  If we are not very careful, our children and our grandchildren will be living in a world where “man-made life” and “human/animal hybrid monsters” are running around all over the place. - ExoHuman.

WATCH: Genetic Armageddon - Humanity's Greatest Threat.


GLOBAL AWAKENING: Embracing Of Mother Nature And Detaching From European Vampirism - Vermont Governor Signs Nation’s First Unconditional GMO Labeling Bill!

May 10, 2014 - VERMONT, UNITED STATES - Vermont will become the first state to enact a law requiring labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients after the governor signed the bill into law on Thursday afternoon. The bill will go into effect in July 2016.

"I am proud of Vermont for being the first state in the nation to ensure that Vermonters will know what is in their food. The Legislature has spoken loud and clear through its passage of this bill," Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.) said in a statement after the bill passed. "I wholeheartedly agree with them and look forward to signing this bill into law.”

However, the law may not withstand legal challenges from major food companies like Monsanto Co. and DuPont Co - the leading producers of GMO crops. They are widely expected to sue the state over the law. To defend the legislation, Vermont allocated a $1.5 million legal defense fund in the measure, to be paid for with settlements won by the state. However, even this amount might not be enough to cover the state’s legal bills.

As RT reported, Monsanto, DuPont, Kraft Foods Co. and others previously led the charge against the similar labeling legislation in California and Washington state, grossly outspending supporters of the measure that was eventually defeated in both states, with anti-labeling groups spending $22 million of the $28 million total spent on that campaign in Washington.

“There is no doubt that there are those who will work to derail this common-sense legislation,” Shumlin said. “But I believe this bill is the right thing to do and will gain momentum elsewhere after our action here in Vermont.”

The Center for Food Safety says there are currently 63 active genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling bills in 23 states, and 32 bills have been introduced since January, the Guardian reports. A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly Thursday morning. Maine and Connecticut are the only US states that have passed GMO labeling laws, though their proposals would only go into effect if and when surrounding states also pass similar laws. GMO labeling is required in 64 countries, including the European Union.

"Companies shouldn't be able to do an end run by slapping a ‘natural’ label on a product that contains GMOs as, unfortunately, they are allowed to do today," Urvashi Rangan, executive director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center, said according to the Guardian. "Leave it to the state of Vermont to pick up where the FDA has left off when it comes to defining natural."

Opponents of GMO labeling laws argue the labels would create a false perception that the foods are unhealthy, despite a lack of scientific evidence, Hillshire Brands Co. Chief Executive Officer Sean Connolly told Bloomberg in an interview. If the labeling is going to be required, he would prefer the regulations come from the federal government.

The Washington Post looked into ways the food industry might mount a legal challenge, and ways labeling proponents may counter those arguments:

The first argument is that requiring GMO labeling is a violation of commercial free speech rights under the First Amendment, and that states don’t have the ability to restrict commercial speech. Those that favor getting information on genetic engineering to consumers could argue the label conveys “purely factual information in support of a legitimate government interest,” according to a memo to the Post from Emord & Associates, a food and drug law firm. The state will have to prove that it meets four requirements to limit commercial speech. A labeling law will likely pass either test, the Post says.

GMO producers might argue that federal law trumps state law. In April, Congress introduced a bill that would ban states from implementing their own labeling laws when it comes to food containing genetically engineered ingredients. But that bill has not passed, and the Post’s legal analysis found that the bill is not preempted by federal law.

Monsanto and its fellow GMO proponents might also say the Vermont law interferes with interstate commerce. The courts would have to consider whether the bill explicitly favors commerce within the state over commerce between states, as well as whether any burden on interstate commerce - which the Post says the increased cost of GMO labeling would be - are fairly balanced with local benefits within the state. Labeling advocates point to the benefits of protecting public health and the environment.

But Connolly, the Hillshire CEO, disagrees that those benefits outweigh the increased cost burden. “If you put yourself in the shoes of a manufacturer, it’s not a practical concept,” he told Bloomberg. “You can’t have customized labels state by state. That would dramatically drive up the cost to consumers even higher, which is certainly not in their best interest when there’s nothing wrong with the ingredients to begin with.”

But not all food makers are against the idea. Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont-based ice cream company with a history of supporting hormone-free and natural ingredients, supports the state’s law. “As the campaign to label food products made with GMO ingredients moves across the states, including Vermont, Ben & Jerry’s is proud to stand with the growing consumer movement for transparency and the right to know what’s in our food supply by supporting mandatory GMO labeling legislation,” their website says.

The company gave away free ice cream at the bill signing.

Despite the potential legal challenges, Vermont’s legislators overwhelmingly voted for GMO labeling. The state House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 114-30, while the state Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 28-2.

"I just don't have the scientific background to understand the complexity of the issue and don't really need to. I represent the people, and their will was made overwhelmingly clear," Democratic state Rep. Paul Ralston told the Guardian about why he voted for the bill. "It's a basic principle of the right to know. That's the primary reason." - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Six-Car Oil Train Derails In Colorado - Leaks Crude In La Salle! [PHOTOS]

May 10, 2014 - COLORADO, UNITED STATES -  Six cars of a 100-car crude train derailed near Le Salle, Colo. Friday.

Clean up crews were on scene to clear the derailment. Some crude oil leaked into a ditch, officials said.

The train loaded in Windsor with Niobara crude and was headed to New York. The cars derailed around 8 a.m., officials said.

It’s not yet known why the train derailed, reported the Greeley Tribune.

Union Pacific Spokesman Mark Davis said the spill was contained in a ditch and no waterway was threatened.

A vacuum truck was ordered to help suck up the oil.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall released a statement saying the spill is an example of why he has been pressing for the Department of Transportation to update train-safety regulations for cars carrying crude oil.

“While we are fortunate there was not an explosion, this incident in Weld County shows why I have been fighting so hard to have the U.S. Department of Transportation update its safety regulations,” Udall said. “The federal government needs to do more.” - KDVR.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Massive Explosion At Edge Of The Universe - Hard Evidence Of A Black Hole Forming!

May 10, 2014 - SPACE -  On 24 October 2012 observatories across the world were alerted about a huge stellar explosion, the GRB121024A, which had been located just hours before in the Eridanus constellation by NASA's Swift satellite. However, only the European Southern Observatory using its Very Large Telescope (VLT) located in the Atacama desert in Chile managed to take accurate polarimetric measurements of the phenomenon. The data obtained on that explosion, which took place about 11,000 million years ago, have made it possible to reconstruct how a black hole is formed.

There is no other event in the cosmos that can compete in terms of energy and intensity with stellar explosions on the outer reaches of the universe and which are known as LGRBs (Long Gamma-Ray Bursts): in just one second a single GRB can emit as many as hundreds of stars like the Sun during its 10,000-million-year-lifetime.

For the last decade astrophysicists have been in possession of strong evidence that LGRBs occur when the so-called massive stars burst; these are huge stars with masses of up to hundreds of times bigger than that of the Sun and which, moreover, spin rapidly on a rotation axis.

As these stars are massive and spin, they do not explode like a normal star, which does so radially, as a ball does when it deflates, for example. The implosion of these huge stars would produce, according to theoretical models, a huge spinning top, which would turn in the way that water rotates down the plughole of a basin, until a black hole is finally formed. The energy given off by this gigantic explosion would be emitted in two jets displaying a high level of energy and which would be aligned with the rotation axis of the dying star.

What is more, all these stars have magnetic fields. And these are intensified further if they rotate rapidly, as in the case of the LGRBs. So during the internal collapse of the star towards the central black hole, the magnetic fields of the star would also swirl around the star's rotation axis. And during the collapse of the star, a powerful "magnetic geyser" would be produced and be ejected from the environment of the black hole that is being formed; the effects of this can be felt at distances of billions of kilometres.

This complex scenario led one to predict that the light emitted during the explosion of the star must have been circularly polarized as if it were a screw. And that is what, for the first time, the authors have detected in Chile: a circularly polarized light that is the direct consequence of a black hole "recently" created on the outer reaches of the Universe and which has been confirmed by the theoretical model. What is more, an optical circular polarization to such a high degree had never been detected, and nor had one been detected in such a distant source. All this indicates that the GRB121024A is an extraordinary event.

The VLT is one of the largest and best equipped telescopes in the world; it makes use of the exceptional astronomical observation conditions of the Atacama desert. That is why the use of the VLT is very limited and is regulated by a highly competitive process in which every six months an international committee selects the best proposals for observation submitted. So the only way to access these technologically state-of-the-art facilities is by means of powerful international consortia. 27 institutions belonging to 13 countries have participated in the study published by the prestigious journal Nature. - Daily Galaxy.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Deadly Hot-Air Balloon Crash In Virginia Leaves 3 Dead - National Transportation Safety Board Express GROWING Safety Concerns About The Number Of Recurring Accidents!

May 10, 2014 - VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES - A 65-year-old Army veteran who had been flying hot-air balloons since college fought to stop his flame-engulfed balloon from crashing on Friday night, said authorities, who found his body and another in the Virginia woods and presumed a third person on board also died.

A hot-air balloon erupts into flames before crashing in Virginia. The pilot and a passenger were confirmed dead,
and a third person is missing. (Nancy Johnson)

Virginia State Police did not name the pilot or two passengers, but family and other officials confirmed their identities.

Retired Lt. Col. Daniel Kirk loved flying and traveling, said his father, Donald, by telephone Saturday. The younger Kirk had started flying balloons commercially about a decade ago in Delaware, nicknaming his balloon "Starship" and himself "Captain."

He was a regular at national ballooning events and had been among more than dozen balloon pilots who came to Doswell, Va., this week for the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival. Thirteen balloons soared into the air for the kickoff event Friday evening.

As Kirk began his twilight descent with two women from the University of Richmond athletics staff, the balloon struck a live power line and the gondola burst into flames. Witnesses recalled hearing screams and an explosion, and seeing possibly two people falling or jumping out of the gondola.

Balloon crashes have killed 114 people in 67 incidents in the United States since 1964, according to a National Transportation Safety Board database. A recent government-funded study of commercial flight crashes from 2000 to 2011 found all five deaths in those cases came after collisions with trees, power lines or buildings.

Last month, the NTSB expressed concern about "the number of recurring accidents" involving similar safety issues. The board recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration treat hot-air balloons carrying paying passengers the same as helicopters and planes by subjecting tour operators to more regulation.

Balloon pilots must be certified and their balloons regularly checked by authorities. But the NTSB said recent studies of accident data showed the current lack of surveillance checks and other oversight contributed to “operational deficiencies" in commercial hot-air balloon flights. Some went up in the air despite risky weather, while others failed to follow the flight manual.

Part of the worry is that balloons can now transport more than 20 people. The NTSB noted that the U.S. hadn't had a major balloon disaster, but alluded to last year's high-profile fire on a balloon in Egypt. Nineteen of the 21 people aboard died.

"The NTSB is vitally interested in these recommendations because they are designed to prevent accidents and save lives," the board wrote to the FAA, asking for a reply by July.

The Balloon Federation of America, a trade association, said last month that the industry’s self-regulation was sufficient and that the FAA was already overburdened with responsibilities.

"The accidents cited by the NTSB were the result of human factors and this recommendation does not address this causal link and therefore will not enhance safety," the federation stated.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating how the Virginia crash unfolded.

The Virginia State Police said that the balloon pilot struggled to contain the fire and keep the balloon airborne, but it plummeted to the ground in flames.

Debra Ferguson told the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg that she saw balloons landing safely in a field near her yard, then saw another balloon in trouble.

"As soon as we looked up, the thing blew up right there," Ferguson said. "All I heard was, 'Oh my God, oh my God,' and all you saw was the top of the balloon still flying, but all of the basket was gone.”

Event planners canceled the balloon festival, citing the tragedy. They had expected as many as 20,000 people to attend at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, north of Richmond.

The state police said items from the downed balloon were recovered in a heavily wooded area near the intended landing site.

The first body was recovered just before midnight Friday, and the second about 11 a.m. Saturday. The search for the third body was called off for the night Saturday.

A family spokeswoman told the Associated Press that the person still unaccounted for is Natalie Lewis, 24. The class of 2011 graduate had just finished her second season as the director of basketball operations for the University of Richmond women's team. She twice served as a team captain for Richmond's swimming program, the university said.

Ginny Doyle, the team's associate head coach, had posted several photos on Instagram of her and Lewis at the festival. Doyle, 44, was killed in the crash, her sister told the Washington Post.

A former Richmond player, Doyle had worked for the program for 16 years. For 18 years, she held the Division I record for consecutive free throws made, with 66.

The university said they were invaluable and devoted mentors to players, and it canceled baseball games scheduled for the weekend.

"Words cannot begin to express our sorrow," Athletics Director Keith Gill said in a statement. "We are all stunned by the tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their loved ones."

The deadliest accident involving a hot-air balloon in the U.S. killed six people near Aspen Airport in Colorado in 1993, when a sudden change in wind speed and direction shot the balloon into a power line, according to the NTSB. In a flash, the basket cut off from the balloon and crashed. Eleven of the 67 investigated balloon accidents in the U.S. have involved three or more deaths.

After a study released last fall, Johns Hopkins University researchers said that, in addition to the fatal crashes, the number of serious leg injuries suffered by passengers during hard landings was also worrisome. The researchers called on passengers to wear helmets and for gondolas to contain more cushioning and crash-worthy seats. - LA Times.

PROTESTS & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Violent Clashes Continue In Thailand - Tear Gas And Water Cannon In Bangkok As Thousands Of Anti-Government Protesters Refuse To Back Down!

May 10, 2014 - THAILAND - Police in Thailand have used tear gas and water canons to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters days after the country’s prime minister was ousted by a controversial court decision.

The authorities in Bangkok pushed back protesters who were trying to force their way into a government compound and demanding the immediate resignation of the new, caretaker prime minister. The protesters’ leader said he would give the government three days to resign before his supporters forced it out.

The clashes came just days after a court in Thailand ordered that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and nine members of her cabinet stand down immediately after they were found guilty of improperly transferring a bureaucrat.

On Thursday, things got worse for Ms Yingluck when she was found guilty by another tribunal, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, of dereliction of duty in relation to a rice subsidy scheme. If that matter is taken up by the upper house of Thailand’s parliament she could be banned from parliament for five years.

While five people were reported to have been injured and Bangkok’s notoriously bad traffic was snarled even more, Friday’s still-ongoing protests created less chaos than some had anticipated.

But the prospect for further problems has not gone away. On Saturday, Red Shirt supporters of Ms Yingluck and her brother are planning to hold their own rally in Bangkok. Ms Yingluck may be invited to address them.

The clashes are merely the latest developments in years of political turmoil that date back to the ousting of Mr Thaksin by a military coup in 2006.

Since then, three governments led by people close to the former telecommunications tycoon have been forced out by the country’s Constitutional Court. The body was set up by the military-led administration that took over following Mr Thaksin’s ousting.

The clashes underscore the gaping divide between supporters of Mr Thaksin and whose who believe he and his family should play no further role in Thai politics.

It is difficult to pigeonhole either side, but Mr Thaksin has huge support among poorer rural Thais, especially from the north and north-east, who benefited from many of his welfare schemes. On the other side are upper-middle class residents of Bangkok, farmers from the south, elements of the military and parts of the establishment surrounding Thailand’s royal family.

The Bangkok Post reported that Red Shirt leaders had warned their supporters to remain calm and to not to be provoked by the ousting of Ms Yingluck.

Meanwhile, the leader of the protesters, Suthep Thaugsuban delivered a speech to supporters in which he demanded that the Supreme Court president, the Senate speaker and the Election Commission, along with other state agencies, jointly work to oust the current government.

“We want the change of government to be smooth. But if you cannot do it smoothly within three days, we the people will do it in our own way,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “Hand power back to the people.”

The man appointed as the new, interim premier, Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, is a close ally of both Mr Thaksin and his sister. He is supposed to run the country until an election scheduled to take place in July but many observers question whether the poll will go ahead.

Having lost every election since 2001, the opponents of Mr Thaksin have since invested their efforts in non-electoral means to try and ensure he and his family are forced from office. - Independent.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: MERS Medical Conundrum - Saudi Arabia Reports 13 More Fatalities As The World Health Organization Prepares For An Emergency Meeting About The Spread Of The Disease!

"The increase in the number of cases in different countries raises a number of questions." - Tarik Jasarevic, WHO spokesman.

May 10, 2014 - SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi Arabia has announced that another 13 people have died from the MERS coronavirus in the past day, as the World Health Organisation prepares for an emergency meeting over concerns about the spread of the disease.

At least 480 people have been infected by the virus since it appeared in 2012 [AP]

The Middle East Respiratory System coronavirus has now killed 139 people and infected 480 others in the kingdom since it first appeared in 2012.

In its most recent tally, issued on Saturday, the Saudi health ministry said six people died from the disease in the past 24 hours.

Three women, aged 22, 26 and 35, died in the capital, Riyadh, a 68-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man in the western city of Medina, and a man in his 70s in the commercial capital, Jeddah.

The ministry on Friday also said three men aged 94, 51 and 42, died from MERS in the Jeddah region.

It added that a 74-year-old man died in the city of Taef, while a woman, 71, and two men, aged 81 and 25, died in the capital.

The announcement of the latest fatalities came the day after the WHO said it would hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the spread of the virus.

The UN health agency's emergency committee has already met four times to talk about the coronavirus since it surfaced in 2012.

"The increase in the number of cases in different countries raises a number of questions," said Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesman.

Medical conundrum

MERS is considered a deadlier, but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that broke out in Asia in 2003, infecting 8,273 people and killing nearly 800.

Like SARS, it appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering coughing, breathing difficulties and a temperature, but MERS differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure.

MERS cases have also been reported in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and the US, with most involving people who had travelled to Saudi Arabia or worked there.

But the first American diagnosed with the virus has been released from hospital and is considered fully recovered.

Dr Alan Kumar, a community hospital medical information officer, said the patient now tested negative for MERS and "poses no threat to the community".

The WHO said most human-to-human transmissions of the virus occurs in health-care facilities. - Al Jazeera.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Planetary Transformations - Dramatic Film Of Huge Sinkhole Opening Up On Russian Road, Nearly Swallowing Several Cars! [VIDEO]

May 10, 2014 - RUSSIA -  From Staffordshire to Siberia, sinkholes are taking people by surprise. In a scene eerily reminiscent of what recently happened on a Balitmore street, a driver in the town of Tyumen, Siberia, narrowly avoided falling into a giant sinkhole on Thursday when it opened up in the middle of a busy road.

Drivers in the town of Tyumen, Siberia narrowly avoided falling into a giant sinkhole
on Thursday when it opened up in the middle of a busy road.


In the video, cars can be seen driving around a large depression in the tarmac when suddenly the road surface gives way, revealing a gaping circular hole.

One black car in particular appears have had a very lucky escape as its rear wheel seems to be right on the edge of the hole as it opens up.

WATCH: Sinkhole opens up on road in Russia.


The road was immediately closed. Experts said recent heavy rains probably caused the sinkhole to appear. - Telegraph.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Panic In Mexico As 2nd Strong Quake Strikes In 3 Days - Magnitude 6.0 Hit Southwest Region At A Shallow Depth Of 14 Miles! [PHOTOS+MAP+TECTONIC SUMMARY]

May 10, 2014 - MEXICO - A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck southwest Mexico just two days after a 6.4 tremor hit the same region. The latest quake sparked panic among local residents and caused some holidaymakers to abandon their hotels in the resort of Acapulco.


Saturday’s quake struck the state of Guerrero at 0236 local time (0736 GMT) about 38 kilometers southwest of the city of Tecpan, the US Geological Survey reports. The epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 23 kilometers (14.3 miles).

Although no immediate damages were reported in the region, the tremor caused widespread panic in the tourist resort of Acapulco. People ran out of bars and nightclubs into the street and some hotels evacuated their guests as a result of the quake.

An excavator-mounted hydraulic jackhammer is being used to break up the concrete of the collapsed bridge Cuajilote
after an earthquake struck the area in Tecpan de Galeana May 9, 2014. (Reuters / Claudio Vargas)

“A preliminary inspection of the city shows no damages or injured,” the mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, said on his Twitter account.

This latest tremor was preceded by an even stronger earthquake Thursday, that measured 6.4 on the Richter scale and struck the same region.

USGS earthquake shakemap intensity

The quake was felt in the Mexican capital and there was significant damage to buildings and roads, although there were no fatalities or injuries reported.

Mexico is located atop three large tectonic plates and is one of the world's most seismically active regions. - RT.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of Mexico
Located atop three of the large tectonic plates, Mexico is one of the world's most seismologically active regions. The relative motion of these crustal plates causes frequent earthquakes and occasional volcanic eruptions. Most of the Mexican landmass is on the westward moving North American plate. The Pacific Ocean floor south of Mexico is being carried northeastward by the underlying Cocos plate. Because oceanic crust is relatively dense, when the Pacific Ocean floor encounters the lighter continental crust of the Mexican landmass, the ocean floor is subducted beneath the North American plate creating the deep Middle American trench along Mexico's southern coast. Also as a result of this convergence, the westward moving Mexico landmass is slowed and crumpled creating the mountain ranges of southern Mexico and earthquakes near Mexico's southern coast. As the oceanic crust is pulled downward, it melts; the molten material is then forced upward through weaknesses in the overlying continental crust. This process has created a region of volcanoes across south-central Mexico known as the Cordillera Neovolcánica.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

The area west of the Gulf of California, including Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, is moving northwestward with the Pacific plate at about 50 mm per year. Here, the Pacific and North American plates grind past each other creating strike-slip faulting, the southern extension of California's San Andreas fault. In the past, this relative plate motion pulled Baja California away from the coast forming the Gulf of California and is the cause of earthquakes in the Gulf of California region today.

Mexico has a long history of destructive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In September 1985, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake killed more than 9,500 people in Mexico City. In southern Mexico, Volcán de Colima and El Chichón erupted in 2005 and 1982, respectively. Paricutín volcano, west of Mexico City, began venting smoke in a cornfield in 1943; a decade later this new volcano had grown to a height of 424 meters. Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl volcanos ("smoking mountain" and "white lady", respectively), southeast of Mexico City, occasionally vent gas that can be clearly seen from the City, a reminder that volcanic activity is ongoing. In 1994 and 2000 Popocatépetl renewed its activity forcing the evacuation of nearby towns, causing seismologists and government officials to be concerned about the effect a large-scale eruption might have on the heavily populated region. Popocatépetl volcano last erupted in 2010. - USGS.