Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Massive Flooding In Southern Louisiana - Causes Caskets To Float Away From Graves In The Assumption Parish! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

May 28, 2014 - LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES -  Heavy rains in south Louisiana Wednesday caused about a dozen caskets to float away from their graves.

The scene unfolded in a cemetery in Assumption Parish, about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge, in the town of Belle Rose.

Loved ones of people buried there rushed to the cemetery and prevented them from floating away using sandbags to weigh them down. Others opted to move the caskets to higher ground.

WATCH: Heavy rains cause flooding in Lousiana.

Parts of that parish received nearly ten inches of rainfall. - WAFB.

HUMAN DEVOLUTION & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Ukraine Is On The Brink Of Civil War - Kiev Intensifies Military Campaign Against The Separatists; Shells Hit School, Kindergarten In Slavyansk! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

May 28, 2014 - SLAVYANSK, UKRAINE - A school and a kindergarten have been shelled in Slavyansk as the city becomes increasingly unsafe in the intensified Kiev military campaign. At least 9 civilians were injured in Wednesday’s shelling incidents, including a child.

STOP WAR! @izvozchikov

Ukrainian mortar shells have for weeks been raining down on the checkpoints and positions of the Slavyansk self-defense, but much of the shelling occurred outside the city. Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter, veteran human rights activist Andrey Mironov, were almost “torn to pieces” in one such shelling.

However, this week the battleground apparently moved right into civilian quarters of Slavyansk, as shells started hitting residential blocks and nearby buildings, killing three people on Monday.

 WATCH: Broken glass, blood as shells hit school, kindergarten in Slavyansk.


On Wednesday, there was a shocking reminder of how the situation might unfold if the likely president-elect Petro Poroshenko pushes on with the military operation in the region, as shells struck the city’s streets, yards, a school and a kindergarten.

RT talked to a male schoolteacher from Slavyansk school number 13, who asked not to be named.

“Around midday there was a loud explosion in the school, and I fell to the floor, taking cover,” the teacher told RT over the phone.

The man said that he rushed to the corridor to assemble all the teachers and children in the school and take them to a safe place. Clouds of dust were billowing on one side of the building.

Shelled school in , E. @RT_com

Вот какие рисунки я сфотографировал в этом самом актовом зале, подвергшейся обстрелу школы...

A woman whose building's courtyard was hit by artillery fire, in Slaviansk on May 28, 2014
(RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

От попадания осколка загорелся припарков.авто на ул.Батюка. Всего на этом перекрёстке
ранены 9 человек, убитых нет. @a_krasnoschekov

According to the teacher, it turned out that the shell exploded right above the school hall, where children are usually gathered for festive events, and part of the roof “was simply blown away.”

Luckily, no children were in the hall at the time. All the pupils and teachers were quickly evacuated to the basement.

It was not immediately clear, if there were any casualties in the kindergarten or other places shelled in Slavyansk, but the Rossiya-24 channel reported that 9 people were injured in total, including a 4-year-old boy. The channel’s crew narrowly escaped a direct hit by a mortar shell, as it fell “literally next to our car.”

 WATCH:  Ukrainians despair as Kiev shells East.

Photos of the sites of Wednesday’s mortar attacks emerged on social media, showing partially destroyed buildings, craters in the roads, and what appeared to be blood.

The Kiev forces quickly laid the blame on self-defense units, which they refer to as “terrorists.”

“Currently, we are confirming the information on the terrorists’ shelling of the residential quarters and the territory of the school in Slavyansk,” the commander of Kiev’s military operation in southeastern Ukraine, Vladislav Seleznyov, wrote on his Facebook page.

Shop windows shattered by shelling in Slavyansk on May 28, 2014. (A screenshot from Ruptly video)

A woman working at Slavyansk school no.13 shows shrapnel of the shell that hit the school's roof on May 28, 2014.
(A screenshot from Ruptly video)

A car destroyed in a mortar shell explosion in Slavyansk, May 28, 2014. (A screenshot from Ruptly video)

Meanwhile, several funerals of those killed in Monday’s shelling were held in Slavyansk on Wednesday. According to the latest reports, four people have died from shrapnel wounds since then.

The shelling damaged a block of flats and a dormitory in the city’s teachers’ college, shattering glass in the windows of the college. Power lines and, reportedly, a city water pipeline were damaged and disrupted by the blasts.

While the Kiev authorities keep asserting that the military action in the southeast is meant to protect the people against “terrorists,” many people on the ground in Slavyansk have a directly opposite opinion on the issue.

“We are simply horrified – you see? Horrified that our 'brave army,' which we pay taxes to maintain, is [doing] nothing else but destroying us. And our president, who must protect the civilian population – he is determined to exterminate us,” a woman working at the damaged school no. 13 told RT’s Ruptly news agency.

“For some reason, they think that we here in Slavyansk are all terrorists,” the woman said. - RT.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Hoax Or Forewarning - CNN Retracts Story That A Giant Asteroid Will Destroy Planet Earth On March 35, 2041?!

May 28, 2014 - SPACE - This is CNN… issuing a correction over a viral, user-posted report that a giant asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and would wipe out life on the planet on March 35, 2041. Now “the most trusted name in news” has space egg on its face.

The report, called “Giant asteroid possibly on collision course with Earth,” was posted over the weekend by iReport user Marcus575. It quoted NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as saying a 10-mile wide object is on a trajectory that could bring a “high speed collision course with our fragile planet” from 51 million miles away or so. The date of the “potentially lethal encounter” was listed as “March 35, 2041.”

The post notes in multiple places it is not vetted for or by CNN.

See a screenshot of the iReport below, captured by NASA Watch’s Cowing.

The iReport was pulled down on Monday, but not before it received over 250,000 views and was shared over 24,000 times on Facebook, Salon reported. Not to mention, several major publications linked to it, according to CNET.

CNN replaced the post with a statement: “NASA has confirmed via email that this story is false. A spokeswoman for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that the largest object detected by NEOWISE measures 3 km in diameter and poses no risk to Earth. The iReport has been removed,” a CNN iReport producer wrote.

Now that we know we’re not all going to die, nor do we need to send Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck into space with a nuclear bomb (and Steven Tyler wailing in the background), the media is focusing on how the hoax will affect the reputation of the first 24-hour cable news network.

“CNN destroyed by huge asteroid: What happens when a news [organization] fails to fact-check or monitor user-generated content? Your brand goes boom,” the Salon headline about the fake post read.

CNN describes iReport - its user-generated social media platform - as “an invitation for you to be a part of CNN's coverage of the stories you care about and an opportunity to be a part of a global community of men and women who are as passionate about the news as you are.”

The website notes that the content is not moderated. “Everything you see on iReport starts with someone in the CNN audience. The stories here are not edited fact-checked or screened before they post. CNN's producers will check out some of the most compelling, important and urgent iReports and, once they're cleared for CNN, make them a part of CNN's news coverage.”

Comedian Stephen Colbert warned of just such problems on “The Colbert Report” in November 2011, when CNN laid off 50 staff members, mostly editors and photojournalists, calling them “redundant” due to user-generated content and social media on the network’s iReport site. “Why buy the cow when you can have it shakily video tape its own milk for free?” Colbert asked, introducing a satirical sketch pointing out a multitude of issues with the iReport model.

Keith Cowing, a former NASA employee who runs the popular Nasa Watch blog, pointed out some of the clues the post was a hoax. “March 35? No comment from NASA. Love the tags: ‘beiber, war, gaming, stocks, science, cyrus, space, obama, earth, states’,” he wrote.

MIT’s Knight Science Journalism blog delved deeper into the iReport’s issues. “The grammar is wonky. The style suggests the writer might be lampooning overblown science writing,” Faye Flam wrote. “The message is clear enough. It’s not a nice thing to contemplate the first day back at work after a three-day holiday weekend, but the good news is that it looks like the only impact story here is the fact that the cable news network has slammed the Earth with an enormous bolide of B.S.”

Flam also originally mused, “One can only hope that with a proclamation of the end of the world, CNN wouldn’t wait for NASA to 'confirm' that it’s wrong.” (That sentence has since been struck out.)

Salon’s biting commentary of the incident ends with, “The only silver lining here: CNN’s next bogus tale of annihilation probably won’t get the same traction. It takes a lot of work to build a trusted brand. But ruining your reputation is easy.” - RT.

THE THEATRE OF WAR: New Cold War Looms As China And Russia Join Forces - 3 Chinese Nuclear Missile Submarines Seen In The South China Sea Amid Growing Maritime Tensions!

May 28, 2014 - CHINA/RUSSIA - The US-Russia conflict arising from the Ukraine crisis has not ended but the United States has fallen into another dispute with China over the sovereignty issue in the South China Sea and the internet security problem. But a new cold war seems to be looming as China and Russia have teamed up to counter the United States.

Chinese and Russian navy officers take part in a joint military drill in the East China Sea, May 23. (Photo/Xinhua)

The relations between Russia and China entered a rare honeymoon stage after Russian president Vladimir Putin visited China and Beijing hosted the Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). Additionally, China and Russia have signed a natural-gas deal worth US$456 billion and have held a joint military exercise in the East China Sea.

The new cold war, focusing on economic and political interests, is different from that of the last century, which had its emphasis on military confrontation.

China and Russia's formation of a military alliance not only strengthens China's position of influence, but also highlights the emerging economies led by the BRICS nations, as US dominance declines.

At present, the United States is pressuring Russia to withdraw from Ukraine through sanctions in Europe, while simultaneously trying to block China's sea channels and rising military power by teaming up with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines in East Asia.

Washington's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) aims to slash China's role and power of influence in economic and trade integration in the Asia-Pacific region.

At the CICA, China and Russia facilitated the establishment of a new mechanism to solve regional security issues, indicating their disagreement with the current security system led by the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chinese president Xi Jinping's new Asia security plan expresses the basis of letting Asian countries handle their affairs themselves. Xi opposes any nations' monopolization of regional security affairs and hurting other countries' legitimate rights and interests.

The deepening setup for the new cold war will definitely slash the US influence in the Asia-Pacific region. Russia's eastward shift of power might also change China and the United States' military strategies in the East and South China seas.

Faced with changing relations among China, the United States and Russia, the United States may have to moderately adjust its strategies in the Asia-Pacific. Insisting on blocking China and Russia might increase risks of political conflict in the region and tear East Asia apart.

As for Taiwan, it is critical for to learn how to maintain the peaceful development of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to ensure its economic and political interests. - WCT.

3 Chinese Nuclear Missile Submarines Seen In The South China Sea Amid Growing Maritime Tensions
Three Chinese Type 094 nuclear missile submarines recently in the South China Sea

China has deployed three nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines to a naval base in the South China Sea, according to a recent photo of the vessels that appeared on the Internet.

The three Type 094 missile submarines were photographed at the Yalong Bay naval base on Hainan Island, located at the northern end of the South China Sea.

The submarines appear to be part of China’s plan to begin the first regular sea patrols of nuclear missile submarines.

Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, voiced concerns about Chinese missile submarines in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee in March.

“China’s advance in submarine capabilities is significant,” Locklear said. “They possess a large and increasingly capable submarine force. China continues the production of ballistic missile submarines. … This will give China its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent, probably before the end of 2014.”

Disclosure of the strategic submarine deployment comes as China sharply increased tensions over the weekend after one of its naval vessels rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters claimed by both countries in the region.

Meanwhile, China on Tuesday called recent Japanese military aircraft incursions during joint Chinese-Russian war games in the East China Sea both dangerous and provocative, further escalating tensions between Beijing and Tokyo.

The photograph of the three missile submarines is the latest example of state-controlled media signaling new strategic nuclear capabilities by China.

The submarines, also called the Jin-class, are equipped with 12 multiple-warhead JL-2 submarine launched ballistic missiles that have a range of up to 4,900 miles.

Meanwhile, one of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarines based in Guam last week deployed for missions in the Asia Pacific and likely will conduct surveillance of China’s submarine forces in the region.

The submarine was monitoring a large Chinese-Russian joint naval exercise in the northern East China Sea that ended this week.

The Air Force also has begun long-range Global Hawk drone flights over Asia as part of a summer deployment of two of the unmanned surveillance aircraft to Japan.

On Tuesday, a Chinese general called the intrusion into military exercises by Japanese warplanes “dangerous” and “provocative.”

“Japan unilaterally stirred up the military jets’ encounter over the East China Sea,” Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told Xinhua, referring to the Japanese jets’ confrontation by Chinese jets.

The jets flew in the unilaterally declared Chinese air defense identification zone that Tokyo, Washington and other Asia states do not recognize.

The incident occurred as Chinese and Russian warships were engaged in naval maneuvers.

“Japan’s move, like its decision to purchase the Diaoyu [Senkaku] Islands in 2012 so as to change the status quo, is very dangerous and provocative,” Sun said

The encounter between Japanese and Chinese jet fighters took place May 24 over open waters as the Japanese sought to monitor the military exercises.

The Vietnamese fishing boat sank Monday after colliding with a Chinese patrol vessel near the disputed Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea, where China raised tensions by beginning undersea oil drilling.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters the vessel sinking is troubling.

“We remain concerned about dangerous conduct and intimidation by vessels operating in this area by the Chinese,” she said. “We continue to call on all parties to exercise restraint and take steps to lower the tensions and conduct themselves in a safe and, of course, professional manner.”

Relations between Hanoi and Beijing remain tense over the maritime dispute. Protests were held recently in communist Vietnam against communist China.

There have been unconfirmed reports that Chinese military forces were massing near the Chinese border with Vietnam. The two nations fought a brief conflict early 1979, after Chinese forces invaded and captured several cities before retreating.

Regarding the missile submarines, Andrei Pinkov, a military analyst with Kanwa Defense who reported on the submarines May 1, said the three submarines at Hainan are a sign Beijing is speeding up the pace of deployments. Also, a review of the photo indicates that one of the three submarines could be a more advanced missile submarine called the Type 096, based on an analysis of the length of missile submarines, he stated in his journal Kanwa Defense Review.

The deployment is “intended to give the new SSBN better protection in the deep waters of the South China Sea,” Pinkov stated, using the military acronym for ballistic missile submarine.

Hans M. Kristensen, an analyst with the Federation of American Scientists, said China now has three or four Type-094s.

China over the past decade has built an extensive naval infrastructure for its underwater forces, including upgraded naval bases, submarine hull demagnetization facilities, underground facilities and high-bay buildings for missile storage and handling, and covered tunnels and railways to conceal the activities from prying eyes in the sky.

It is not known if the Chinese will deploy actual nuclear warheads with the submarines or continue the past Chinese practice of keeping warheads in central storage sites for deployment in a crisis.

“The South Sea Fleet naval facilities on Hainan Island are under significant expansion,” Kristensen stated in a recent blog post. “The nuclear submarine base at Longpo has been upgraded to serve as the first nuclear submarine base in the South China Sea.”

The base also includes a submarine tunnel that is part of an underwater complex of nuclear facilities on Hainan.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported in July that China would begin the first sea patrols of the Type 094 some time this year.

China conducted a test flight of the JL-2 missile, the system to be deployed on the Type 094, in August 2012.

A report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center last year stated that the JL-2 “will, for the first time, allow Chinese SSBNs to target portions of the United States from operating areas located near the Chinese coast.”

China’s jingoistic Global Times on Oct. 28 published an unprecedented report that revealed a nuclear missile strike on the western United States with JL-2 missiles could kill up to 12 million Americans.

The Obama administration and senior Navy officials were silent regarding the nuclear attack threat, which included graphics showing nuclear plumes and collateral damage caused by radiation.

The congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission stated in a report several years ago that China is planning to deploy an anti-satellite missile on its missile submarines.

Anti-satellite missiles are key elements of China’s anti-access, area denial capabilities designed to drive the U.S. Navy out of Asia.

China only recently began publicizing its nuclear missile submarine forces, mainly through semi-official disclosures on so-called military enthusiast websites. - TWF.

THE EUROPEAN EXO-SKELETON: Forget About Robots - Crazed Euro-American Scientists Are Already Fusing Technology With Living Matter?!

May 28, 2014 - TECHNOLOGY & THE EUROPEAN EXOSKELETON - The future has a funny way of sneaking up on you. You don’t notice it until you’re soaking in it. That was the feeling at O’Reilly’s Solid Conference last week. For the first time, the venerable tech publisher held an event dedicated the way software and hardware are coming together in devices that don’t involve a typical computer screen. The gadgetry on display was so complex and so diverse–spanning everything from smart trash cans to airborne wind turbines–that even hardcore techies marveled at how far this world has already come.

Bot & Dolly's Iris was responsible for the zero-g camera work in Gravity, which won this year's Oscar
for best cinematography. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

At the conference, WIRED sat down with Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab and one of the event’s planners, to discuss this phenomenon of convergence, where bits from the digital realm are fusing with atoms here in the physical world (see gallery above). Experimentation is spreading, he says, and it won’t stop at gadgets. For Ito, the next great engineering platform will be living matter itself.

The proliferation of new hardware, Ito says, is driven in part by changes in the global supply chain. Over the past year, the industrial supply chain companies that serve giant mass-market hardware makers like Apple and Motorola–helping to generate iPhone and iPads and Android devices–are now starting to serve startups as well. Manufacturing and distribution are becoming ever-more automated and modularized, he says, and startups can plug into these economies of scale.

As experimentation increases, so does the willingness of venture capitalists to invest. “Hardware is harder than software. It’s still an area that isn’t the traditional low-hanging fruit of Silicon Valley,” Ito says. “But I think people are realizing there are going to be some big winners in this space. And they want to be in it.”

One company leading this transition in Silicon Valley sensibility is Google, which is bridging the digital-physical divide through both a flurry of startup acquisitions and its own projects. Chief among them is Google’s self-driving car. “Google says smartly that they didn’t design a self-driving car. They designed a driver,” Ito says. It’s a way of thinking about hardware that stresses the device as an intelligent system, not just an object. “The self-driving car is a great example of how all that hype about big data and cloud converges into stuff that touches the real world through hardware.”

At Ito’s Media Lab, infusing the rest of the world with digital intelligence has always been a part of the culture, a cornerstone of the lab’s experiments in creating better, more useful and pleasing ways for people to interact with technology. Among the materials he’s most excited about is DNA, information encoded into living form. The cost of manipulating life’s building blocks, he says, is falling at a much more rapid clip right now than Moore’s Law predicts for silicon. “If you think that diminishing cost is what drives innovation to startups and to dorm rooms, I think bioengineering is coming really fast and is going to catch up,” Ito says. “It’s neat to think about not just computational biology but computation in biology.”

As one example, Ito says he was recently talking to some students who were working with a microbe that was acting as a chemical sensor. A reaction would trigger an electrical circuit that would in turn send out a wireless signal. The completely hybrid biological-electrical device was designed not for novelty, but because each piece was the best tool for the job–the electrical because of greater efficiency at sending out the signal, the biological because of greater accuracy and lower power. Ito sees vision as a particularly promising direction for a hybrid “anti-disciplinary” approach where mechanical engineers, biologists, and computer scientists come together. Each likely has a role to play in piecing together technology-enabled sight.

He’s well aware that tinkering with the stuff of life carries great risk, perhaps even the ultimate cost-benefit: “You get the promise of immortality together with the biohacker script kiddie extinction event.” And Ito believes that the engineers driving the fusion of digital and physical can only truly succeed if they account for all the issues that emerge when the digital and physical merge, from network security to ecological impact.

At the same time, Ito believes that the makers of these new machines need to deploy their creations early and often. (“Deploy or die,” he says.) In part, that’s to get innovators thinking about how to manufacture and distribute, not just invent. But using the real world as a platform also forces designers and engineers to think about how what they make affects and alters the world. It demands an approach to design that conceives of devices not in isolation, but as parts of a system bigger than themselves.

“Most science and technology has been about trying to conquer nature and create local gain at the expense of the system,” Ito says. “Thinking about yourself as a participant in a system with responsibility and interactions, you come up with a different kind of sensibility that you get by forcing kids to think about how something is going to be deployed.” - WIRED.

FUK-U-SHIMA: Puzzle At Fukushima - Who Ordered Halt To The Pumping Of Seawater At The Stricken Plant?!

May 28, 2014 - JAPAN - The identity of the individual in the prime minister's office who exacerbated the nuclear disaster seems destined to forever remain a mystery.

All that is known is that a call was made from the office in Tokyo to Masao Yoshida, the late manager of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, calling for reconsideration of his plan to pump seawater into the No. 3 reactor.

Giving up the plan to switch to seawater early on the morning of March 13, 2011, later led to a brief period when water was not being pumped into the No. 3 reactor. That led to overheating of the reactor, which dangerously added to the unfolding crisis triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami two days previously.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. released video of teleconferences related to the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2012, but the footage left it unclear who had made the phone call to Yoshida asking that fresh water be used instead of seawater.

TEPCO officials cited concern that pumping in seawater would lead to irreparable damage.

Yoshida gave hours of testimony to the government's Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations between July and November 2011. The Asahi Shimbun recently obtained a copy. Yoshida died last July of esophageal cancer.

He was asked about the pumping in of water to the No. 3 reactor. Seawater had been pumped into the reactors of the Fukushima No. 1 plant in an attempt to cool the nuclear fuel.

Yoshida instructed his subordinates to continue pumping in seawater to the No. 1 reactor even after he received a phone call on the evening of March 12, 2011, from Ichiro Takekuro, the senior TEPCO expert who was based at the prime minister's office at the time of the accident. Takekuro gave the instruction to stop pumping seawater.

Lighting is restored in March 2011 to the central control room of the No. 3 reactor at the
Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Provided by TEPCO)

A similar debate about whether seawater or fresh water should be pumped in also took place for the No. 3 reactor early on March 13, 2011.

According to Yoshida's testimony to the government panel, nuclear fuel in the No. 3 reactor had become exposed because of a lack of water. At 5:42 a.m., Yoshida received a report that tanks holding fresh water were all empty. He decided to switch to seawater.

However, at 6:43 a.m. Yoshida received a phone call from a TEPCO employee based at the prime minister's office, saying there was an emergency.

Video of teleconferences have shown that at that time Yoshida was being asked to avoid using seawater as much as possible because of the damage it could do to the reactors.

When Yoshida received the 6:43 a.m. call, he immediately complied with the request to switch to fresh water.

In his testimony, Yoshida said that someone in the prime minister's office had picked up the phone used by the TEPCO employee.

Yoshida said, "I always felt that we would have to use seawater so I believe that I said from the very beginning that we had to go with seawater. However, I later received a phone call from the prime minister's office and told to do something, so I responded that we would try our best to find other sources (of fresh water)."

However, Yoshida became more fuzzy when the question turned to who made the call from the prime minister's office.

"I am sorry, but my memory of that moment is missing so I have no recollection of who it was that I spoke to," Yoshida told investigators. "I can only talk in terms of what may have been possible."

Yoshida gave as possibilities high-ranking TEPCO officials who were at the prime minister's office at the time as well as officials of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, the now-defunct body then responsible for regulating and supervising the nuclear power industry. However, he gave no definitive answer.

According to video of the teleconferences, at 9:13 a.m., Sakae Muto, the TEPCO executive vice president in charge of nuclear energy who was at the off-site center in Fukushima Prefecture, raised doubts about pumping in fresh water. He is heard saying, "We have to begin thinking about using seawater. Have you discussed this with the prime minister's office?"

Yoshida continued to scramble to find fresh water, but at 12:18 p.m. he gave the instructions to switch to seawater because all the fresh water had been used.

Yoshida felt it would take about 10 minutes to make the switch. However, it was not until 1:11 p.m. that the pumping of seawater began. That meant about a hour had passed with no water entering the No. 3 reactor. - AJW.

MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT: "Allahu Akbar" - Palestinians Riot On The Temple Mount As Jews Gather At Wall For Jerusalem Day!

May 28, 2014 - TEMPLE MOUNT, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - Less than 48 hours after Pope Francis beseeched Jerusalem's Grand Mufti to condemn violence on the Temple Mount, rioting ensued there Wednesday morning as thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall in observance of Jerusalem Day.

According to police, upon opening the main gate to the holy site, rocks and bottles were thrown at officers, forcing them to disperse the crowd with stun grenades and temporarily cordon off part of the site to visitors.

“Police immediately responded to the rioting and pushed them back into Al-Aqsa Mosque,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, adding that one officer sustained a light injury.

After containing the scene, Rosenfeld said over 1,000 tourists and 250 Israelis entered the compound to tour under police protection.

Although no arrests were made during the riot, Rosenfeld said police are studying the surveillance footage taken of it and plan to apprehend those involved.

 WATCH: Angry mob on the Temple Mount.

The violence comes after the pontiff's historic Monday visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque to discuss tolerance and non-violence as a means of resolving long held differences with Jews.

According to Muslim media reports, during a private 15-minute meeting with the mufti, Mohammed Hussein, Francis beseeched him and his followers to disavow violence and “work together [with Jews] for justice and peace.”“May we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters,” the pope reportedly said during the discussion. “May we learn to understand the suffering of others. May no one abuse the name of God through violence.” - JPOST.

THE EUROPEAN WAR ON MOTHER NATURE: Research Center Or Weather Weapon - United States Military Is Shutting Down HAARP?!

May 28, 2014 - ALASKA, UNITED STATES - Adepts of conspiracy theories might well take a deep breath: the HAARP program could be dismantled as soon as this summer, so from now on a tornado destroying your house will be a mere whirlwind, not a DARPA prank. Or will it?

HAARP antenna array (image by Michael Kleiman, US Air Force)

The Air Force is said to be getting ready to wave their last good-bye to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), the Anchorage Daily News reports. Unlike last year’s rumors about the project’s demise, this time it appears to be for real.

"We're moving on to other ways ( of managing the ionosphere, which the HAARP was really designed to do,” David Walker has recently told the House’s Appropriations Subcommittee as leaked on YouTube. Walker is an Air Force official tasked with overseeing much of the branch's science and technology research efforts.

After 21 years of experiments, the controversial HAARP project is no longer “an area that we have any need for in the future,” he said.

WATCH: Defense Hearing - Defense Research and Innovation (HAARP Segment).


For over two decades this enigmatic scientific installation, constructed in a remote area of the state of Alaska, was a magnet for conspiracy adepts.

HAARP has been incriminated in being the reason for probably all kinds of natural disasters, from hurricanes and tornadoes to floods, earthquakes and even global population mind control experiments.

The suspicions ran wide and touched nerves with quite a few notable figures around the globe.

In 2010, the then president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the facility was responsible for devastating floods in Pakistan. He gave this pronouncement from a rostrum of the UN General Assembly.

The same year the now-deceased Venezuelan leader Huge Chavez claimed that experiments at the HAARP facility triggered the powerful Haiti earthquake, which happened when the Caribbean and North American tectonic plates shifted alongside a previously unmapped fault.

HAARPing on nature

Managing the ionosphere for military needs, such as communication, appeared a promising idea back in the early 1990s, when the US Air Force, Navy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the University of Alaska teamed up to fund the $290 million High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).

Aerial view of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research
Program site (image by United States Federal Government)
Officially, the facility has been involved in enhanced communications technologies research. Its 13 hectares of high-frequency antennas has been sending powerful (up to 3.6 megawatt signals), disturbing small portions in the upper layer of the atmosphere called the ionosphere, studying how it affected radio signals.

The project’s staff always denied participation in any classified experiments.

It was at the HAARP facility where the first man-made northern lights were demonstrated.

Actually, the HAARP facility has not been active for the past year; last May it was shut down for a change in operations contractors. Reportedly, the facility performed its last experiment for DARPA in early 2014 and is now looking for financial support from the scientific community or other US agencies. Otherwise, the facility might be gone by summer.

"We would prefer to start this summer," Walker said. "We would like to get critical equipment out of the site before the winter. For the harsh winter in Alaska does lead to a very costly winterization to maintain the site and we'd like to avoid it if we can."

Although the HAARP installation is two decades old, it is still operable and could be used for scientific research, but most probably not at the expense of the US military struggling to reduce spending.

The annual costs of running the facility have been around $5 million. This is a mere drop in the ocean compared to the military’s total budget - over $600 billion for 2015.

If American or foreign scientific institutions and laboratories fail to find the means to finance the unique installation, this page of human research into nature’s secrets is set to be closed. And Walker says there are "interested" universities. - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Fire At South Korean Hospital For The Elderly Kills 21 In Jangseong - One Day After A Bus Terminal Fire In Goyang Killed 8 People?!

May 28, 2014 - SOUTH KOREA - A fire broke out at a South Korean hospital for the elderly early Wednesday, killing 21 people -- most of them patients in their 70s and 80s who had difficulty walking.

Police said that after examining video footage, they had detained a patient suffering from dementia whom they suspect of starting the blaze in the southern county of Jangseong.

The man, who is in his early 80s and was identified only by his surname of Kim, denies causing the fire, said Roh Gyu-ho, the head of Jangseong Police Station.

The fire started shortly after midnight in an annex building of the hospital where scores of patients in fragile states were staying.

Many of them were suffering from Alzheimer's disease, complications from strokes or other chronic diseases, the national news agency Yonhap reported, citing police and fire officials.

Although the fire was put out quickly, many of the victims, unable to move around easily, were believed to have been killed by asphyxiation from toxic fumes that filled the second floor of the two-story building.

Hospital apology

Video from CNN affiliate YTN showed emergency workers treating victims pulled from the building.

Twenty patients and a nurse died, the National Emergency Management Agency said, and eight people were injured, six of them seriously.

The head of the hospital, Lee Hyong-seok, apologized Wednesday in front of television cameras.

WATCH: Fire kills at least 21 in South Korea.

Police said they had closed-circuit television footage from the second floor of the annex building that led them to apprehend Kim as the main suspect. He was admitted to the hospital on May 1, Roh said.

South Korea was shaken last month by the sinking of the ferry Sewol off the country's southwestern coast, which left more than 300 people dead or missing, most of them high-school students on a field trip. The accident has focused attention on shortcomings in safety standards in South Korea.

On Monday, a fire at a bus terminal in Goyang, near Seoul, killed eight people and injured dozens more. - CNN.

THE NEW WORLD ORDER: The Henchmen, Bankers, Politicians And Middle Managers Of The Priest Class Of The Magi - The Official 2014 Membership List Is Released As Bilderberg Meets In Futherance Of The Elite Structure Of The White Supremacy Paradigm!

May 28, 2014 - THE NEW WORLD & THE WHITE SUPREMACY PARADIGM -  Founded in 1954, Bilderberg is an annual conference instituted by the Priest Class of the Magi at the Vatican Church State, designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America in-order to further the white supremacy paradigm's New World Order.

Every year, between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to take part in the conference. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; approximately one third from politics and government and the rest from other fields.

The conference is a forum for informal discussions about major issues facing the world. The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor of any other participant may be revealed.

Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights.

There is no desired outcome, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.

Here is the list of members for this year's meeting:

FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman and CEO, AXA Group

DEU Achleitner, Paul M. Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
DEU Ackermann, Josef Former CEO, Deutsche Bank AG
GBR Agius, Marcus Non-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group
FIN Alahuhta, Matti Member of the Board, KONE; Chairman, Aalto University Foundation
GBR Alexander, Helen Chairman, UBM plc
USA Alexander, Keith B. Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Former Director, National Security Agency
USA Altman, Roger C. Executive Chairman, Evercore
FIN Apunen, Matti Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
DEU Asmussen, Jörg State Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs
HUN Bajnai, Gordon Former Prime Minister; Party Leader, Together 2014
GBR Balls, Edward M. Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman, Impresa SGPS
FRA Baroin, François Member of Parliament (UMP); Mayor of Troyes
FRA Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
USA Berggruen, Nicolas Chairman, Berggruen Institute on Governance
ITA Bernabè, Franco Chairman, FB Group SRL
DNK Besenbacher, Flemming Chairman, The Carlsberg Group
NLD Beurden, Ben van CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
SWE Bildt, Carl Minister for Foreign Affairs
NOR Brandtzæg, Svein Richard President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
INT Breedlove, Philip M. Supreme Allied Commander Europe
AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher, Der STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.
SWE Buskhe, Håkan President and CEO, Saab AB
TUR Çandar, Cengiz Senior Columnist, Al Monitor and Radikal
ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA
FRA Chalendar, Pierre-André de Chairman and CEO, Saint-Gobain
CAN Clark, W. Edmund Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group
INT Coeuré, Benoît Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
IRL Coveney, Simon Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
GBR Cowper-Coles, Sherard Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group CEO, HSBC Holdings plc
BEL Davignon, Etienne Minister of State
USA Donilon, Thomas E. Senior Partner, O’Melveny and Myers; Former U.S. National Security Advisor
DEU Döpfner, Mathias CEO, Axel Springer SE
GBR Dudley, Robert Group Chief Executive, BP plc
FIN Ehrnrooth, Henrik Chairman, Caverion Corporation, Otava and Pöyry PLC
ITA Elkann, John Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus Group
DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
USA Feldstein, Martin S. Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER
CAN Ferguson, Brian President and CEO, Cenovus Energy Inc.
GBR Flint, Douglas J. Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
ESP García-Margallo, José Manuel Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
USA Gfoeller, Michael Independent Consultant
TUR Göle, Nilüfer Professor of Sociology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
USA Greenberg, Evan G. Chairman and CEO, ACE Group
GBR Greening, Justine Secretary of State for International Development
NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University
USA Hockfield, Susan President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NOR Høegh, Leif O. Chairman, Höegh Autoliners AS
NOR Høegh, Westye Senior Advisor, Höegh Autoliners AS
USA Hoffman, Reid Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
CHN Huang, Yiping Professor of Economics, National School of Development, Peking University
USA Jackson, Shirley Ann President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
USA Jacobs, Kenneth M. Chairman and CEO, Lazard
USA Johnson, James A. Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
USA Karp, Alex CEO, Palantir Technologies
USA Katz, Bruce J. Vice President and Co-Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
CAN Kenney, Jason T. Minister of Employment and Social Development
GBR Kerr, John Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power
USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
TUR Koç, Mustafa Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
DNK Kragh, Steffen President and CEO, Egmont
USA Kravis, Henry R. Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute
CHE Kudelski, André Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
INT Lagarde, Christine Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
BEL Leysen, Thomas Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
USA Li, Cheng Director, John L.Thornton China Center,The Brookings Institution
SWE Lifvendahl, Tove Political Editor in Chief, Svenska Dagbladet
CHN Liu, He Minister, Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs
PRT Macedo, Paulo Minister of Health
FRA Macron, Emmanuel Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency
ITA Maggioni, Monica Editor-in-Chief, Rainews24, RAI TV
GBR Mandelson, Peter Chairman, Global Counsel LLP
USA McAfee, Andrew Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PRT Medeiros, Inês de Member of Parliament, Socialist Party
GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
GRC Mitsotaki, Alexandra Chair, ActionAid Hellas
ITA Monti, Mario Senator-for-life; President, Bocconi University
USA Mundie, Craig J. Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation
CAN Munroe-Blum, Heather Professor of Medicine and Principal (President) Emerita, McGill University
USA Murray, Charles A. W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
NLD Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the
ESP Nin Génova, Juan María Deputy Chairman and CEO, CaixaBank
FRA Nougayrède, Natalie Director and Executive Editor, Le Monde
DNK Olesen, Søren-Peter Professor; Member of the Board of Directors, The Carlsberg Foundation
FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc; Chairman, Outokumpu Plc
TUR Oran, Umut Deputy Chairman, Republican People’s Party (CHP)
GBR Osborne, George Chancellor of the Exchequer
FRA Pellerin, Fleur State Secretary for Foreign Trade
USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
USA Petraeus, David H. Chairman, KKR Global Institute
CAN Poloz, Stephen S. Governor, Bank of Canada
INT Rasmussen, Anders Fogh Secretary General, NATO
DNK Rasmussen, Jørgen Huno Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Lundbeck Foundation
INT Reding, Viviane Vice President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
USA Reed, Kasim Mayor of Atlanta
CAN Reisman, Heather M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
NOR Reiten, Eivind Chairman, Klaveness Marine Holding AS
DEU Röttgen, Norbert Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag
USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
USA Rumer, Eugene Senior Associate and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
NOR Rynning-Tønnesen, Christian President and CEO, Statkraft AS
NLD Samsom, Diederik M. Parliamentary Leader PvdA (Labour Party)
GBR Sawers, John Chief, Secret Intelligence Service
NLD Scheffer, Paul J. Author; Professor of European Studies, Tilburg University
NLD Schippers, Edith Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
USA Schmidt, Eric E. Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
AUT Scholten, Rudolf CEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
USA Shih, Clara CEO and Founder, Hearsay Social
FIN Siilasmaa, Risto K. Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim CEO, Nokia Corporation
ESP Spain, H.M. the Queen of
USA Spence, A. Michael Professor of Economics, New York University
FIN Stadigh, Kari President and CEO, Sampo plc
USA Summers, Lawrence H. Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; UN Special Representative for Migration
SWE Svanberg, Carl-Henric Chairman, Volvo AB and BP plc
TUR Taftalı, A. Ümit Member of the Board, Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation
USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Thiel Capital
DNK Topsøe, Henrik Chairman, Haldor Topsøe A/S
GRC Tsoukalis, Loukas President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
NOR Ulltveit-Moe, Jens Founder and CEO, Umoe AS
INT Üzümcü, Ahmet Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Honorary Chairman, Novartis International
FIN Wahlroos, Björn Chairman, Sampo plc
SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
SWE Wallenberg, Marcus Chairman of the Board of Directors, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
USA Warsh, Kevin M. Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Lecturer, Stanford University
GBR Wolf, Martin H. Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
NLD Zalm, Gerrit Chairman of the Managing Board, ABN-AMRO Bank N.V.
GRC Zanias, George Chairman of the Board, National Bank of Greece
USA Zoellick, Robert B. Chairman, Board of International Advisors, The Goldman Sachs Group

AUT Austria GRC Greece
BEL Belgium HUN Hungary
CAN Canada INT International
CHE Switzerland IRL Ireland
CHN China ITA Italy
DEU Germany NLD Netherlands
DNK Denmark NOR Norway
ESP Spain PRT Portugal
FIN Finland SWE Sweden
FRA France TUR Turkey
GBR Great Britain USA United States of America

- Blacklisted News.

PROTESTS & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Storm In The World Cup - Tear Gas As Brazilian Indigenous Groups Clash With The Police In Brasilia! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

May 28, 2014 - BRAZIL - Police in Brasilia responded with tear gas when anti-World Cup demonstrators, about half of which were indigenous peoples, marched on the Brazilian capital and briefly occupied the roof of the parliament building.

Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official
workplace of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

The group of some 1,000 protesters moved towards the city’s World Cup stadium in a show of defiance against the large sums of money the state has spent to host this year’s football event.

Traffic was snarled during rush hour in Brasilia as demonstrators congregated around the Mané Garrincha National Stadium, built to host some of the soccer tournament’s matches during the 32-nation football event which will kick off on June 12, Reuters reported.

At one point, a group of some 500 Amerindians wearing traditional indigenous clothing scaled the walls of Brasilia’s parliament building. According to demonstrators, Brazil’s government has spent too much on the infrastructure to host the World Cup, believing the amount is especially excessive for a developing nation.

Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official
workplace of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official workplace
of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the National Congress in
Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

The South American nation is still struggling to complete its stadiums and transportation systems in time for the World Cup, while at the same time the event has become a magnet for protests and a symbol of government corruption and misplaced priorities.

Tuesday’s protesters alleged that real estate prices have soared in the run-up to the World Cup, pushing lower-income families out of the areas adjacent to the tournament’s facilities. The games are expected to attract about 600,000 visitors to Brazil.

WATCH: Storm in World Cup - Tear gas as Brazil tribes clash with police .

The World Cup stadium in Brasilia will cost US$849 million by the time it is complete – three times its initial budget, according to city auditors cited by Reuters.

Though there have been numerous protests in the run-up to the football tournament, Tuesday’s demonstration by Brazil’s Indian community was a new development. The indigenous groups in the country, which number about 800,000 (close to 0.5 percent of the country’s population), routinely march on the capital to protest moves to redefine the boundaries of Brazil’s reservations. - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Dramatic Rescue After Plane Crashes Into River In Argentina - 5 People Killed, Four Survivors; Cause Of Crash Unknown! [VIDEO]

May 28, 2014 - ARGENTINA - Five people were killed and four injured when a small plane crashed into the river separating Argentina and Uruguay on Tuesday.

The plane had been flying business executives from various companies from San Fernando, a suburb in the north of Buenos Aires, to the city of Carmelo in Uruguay when it crash landed in the river.

The injured survivors were winched to safety from the submerged wreckage by an Argentine naval police rescue helicopter.

Argentine Secretary for National Security, Sergio Berni, said that two of the survivors had been taken to hospital in San Fernando while the other two were taken to Uruguay.

The cause of the crash is unknown and it will be investigated by Uruguayan authorities as the plane came down on the side of the river under their jurisdiction.

The bodies of the victims remain in the wreckage, awaiting an order from a Uruguayan judge for their removal.

Gustavo Fosco, 53, a director of communications at Renault, and Fernando Sánchez, 45, a press chief, were among the dead, according to the Beunos Aires Herald.

 WATCH: Dramatic rescue video - Argentina plane crashes in river, several killed.


The newspaper named the other three as Facundo Alecha, 40, TTS Travel director Fernando Lonigro, 44, and the pilot, Leandro Larriera.

Santiago Villamil, Paula Silvana Buery, Ignacio Javier Losa and Sebastián Vivona were rescued and received treatment for their injuries.

Source: APTN

- Telegraph.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Massive Rock Slide Shuts Down Loveland Pass, Colorado - Slide Is 50 FEET WIDE And 7 FEET DEEP!

May 28, 2014 - COLORADO, UNITED STATES - The Colorado Department of Transportation has shut down Loveland Pass after a rock slide on Tuesday afternoon.

A rock slide on US 6 Loveland Pass on Tuesday May 27, 2014.
Steven Teaver via CDOT

The slide on U.S. 6 between Arapahoe Basin and Keystone ski areas is 50 feet wide and about 7 feet deep, said CDOT spokeswoman Crystal Morgan.

"There were no vehicles involved," she said.

Crews are on the scene, and once they secure the area will determine whether the pass can reopen after the rocks and debris are removed from the road, Morgan said, or whether more work will be needed to stabilize the area above.

"We want to be sure the area above it is secure before we reopen," Morgan said. - Denver Post.

EXTREME WEATHER: Cold Wave Kills 3 People And 60 Cattle In Bolivia - Coldest Reading Was Minus 16 C(3 F) In The Potosi Province!

May 28, 2014 - BOLIVIA - A cold wave that has been besetting Bolivia since the end of last week has caused the deaths of three people and dozens of head of livestock, authorities said Monday.

Two indigents died on Friday in the eastern city of Santa Cruz when temperatures plummeted from 23 to 8 C (73 to 46 F) due to the cold wave that entered Bolivia from Argentina, according to the government weather service, known by the acronym Senamhi.

The cold front, which originated in Antarctica, is now leaving Bolivia to the north, and so temperatures will begin to gradually improve in the eastern part of the country, Senamhi chief forecaster Marisol Portugal told Efe.

The cold also killed 60 cattle in the town of Cotoca, the daily El Deber reported Monday.

At the same time, western Bolivia suffered a drop in temperatures due to a mass of cold air that brought snowfall and mainly affected the Andean province of Potosi, where on Friday a teacher died.

Authorities confirmed to the media that the teacher died from hypothermia while he was waiting for an intercity bus.

The coldest reading last Friday in Potosi province was minus 16 C (3 F), according to Portugal.

Rural Andean municipalities such as Uncia and Llallagua on Monday reported snow and heavy winds that caused power outages, brought down trees and damaged dozens of homes. - LAHT.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The "Invisible Fire Village" - Methane Is Coming Up From The Ground In China Causing The Air To Burst Into Balls Of Fire!

May 28, 2014 - CHINA - Methane gas is coming up from the ground in a village in China causing the air to burst into balls of fire.

Dangerous: Methane gas is coming up from the ground in a village in China causing the air to burst into fire

The phenomenon is now so common that Nanjiawan village in south-west China has been dubbed the 'Invisible Fire Village'.

Lighting a cigarette or starting electrical equipment can have disastrous consequences.

Superstitious locals called in priests at first believing they had been cursed by evil spirits.

After that failed to drive away the methane gas explosions some of the more enterprising villagers dug tunnels under their homes and used the gas to create basic underfloor heating systems.

The gas was discovered less than a year ago when Su Geng, 83, reported to authorities a strange smell coming from her cellar.

She said: 'They told me after doing a test that there was methane leaking out of the ground. They set fire to the air to prove it to me.'

Methane secreting from the ground occurs in many places around the world.

Villagers need to be careful when working in the fields because even a single spark from a metal farming
tool striking a stone can cause the air to literally burst into flames

Some of the more creative villagers dug tunnels under their homes and used the gas to create
basic underfloor heating systems

The gas was discovered less than a year ago when an 83-year-old woman noticed a strange smell coming from her cellar

On one hillside on Turkey's Mediterranean coast fires have been burning for thousands of years.

However, families in China are afraid that the 'Invisible Fire' will one day burn out of control and lead to deaths.

A police spokesman said: 'It doesn't matter how often they are told that it is an explainable natural phenomenon, there are many who view it as a sinister thing and insist that it evil spirits and other hocus pocus is at play.

'In fact the most logical explanation is staring them in the face every day. There is a natural gas mine not far from the village.

'It's likely that the gas leaks and goes underground to the village, causing the fires there. It is not witchcraft or sorcery but simple natural science.' - Daily Mail.