Thursday, November 6, 2014

ICE AGE NOW: Increasing Signs Of Magnetic Polar Migration - Heavy And Unusually Early Snowfall Seen Across The Northern Hemisphere Of Planet Earth, As Global Cooling Continues!

November 6, 2014 - EARTH
-  John Coleman, the co-founder of the Weather Channel recently reiterated his belief that "there is no significant global warming" and publicly disavowed the dangers associated with man-made climate change. The following reports provides strong evidence of monumental global cooling, which runs parallel with Coleman's assertions and further contradicts the findings and theories of most scientists.

2 metres of heavy snowfall in Turkey - 36 village roads closed

 50 cm (20 inches) of snow in Artvin. On a plateau near Rize a car was stuck in 2 meters of snow.

According to Special Provincial Administration teams, the snow was 50 cm (20 inches) deep in higher elevations.

A written statement from the General Directorate of Meteorology asked citizens to be cautious due to the expected heavy snowfall in some provinces. It warned: 'Heavy Snow Coming!'

Artvin, Ardahan and northern districts of Rize and Erzurum expected heavy snowfall in the higher parts.

Stranded on the plateau

Heavy snowfall brought traffic to a standstill, stranding several groups of people in six different locations on the Badara and Gito Plateau.

"Although our clothing was insufficient, we had to spend the night in the car. At night more than sweaters tried to warm wrap our feet," said one trapped motorist. "The car was covered with 2 meters of snow. We could not move in any way. We have survived the end we thank God," he said.

It took 12 hours for a 9-person search team to reach the cars, said club chairman Asim Haberal'a of the Kaçkar Mountaineering Rafting Skiing Specialized Sports Club.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links - 1, 2, 3.

 - Ice Age Now.

Over 2,000 people evacuated in Iran due to heavy snowfall

Over 2,000 people were evacuated in 11 provinces of Iran due to heavy snowfalls and blizzards, the Iranian Red Crescent Society's representative, Hussein Derahshan said Nov. 5, the Fars news agency reported.

He said some 220 of people evacuated were provided with temporary shelter.

Derahshan added that classes were suspended at schools in the cities of Sereyn, Ardabil and Nir of Ardebil province, and the city of Firozkoh of Tehran province due to heavy snows.

It has been three days that the snowfalls are continuing in Iran's northern regions, including in the provinces of Qazvin, West Azerbaijan, Gilan, Mazandaran, Ardabil, Gulistan, East Azerbaijan and others.

In some places the snow depth is over 10 centimeters. - Trend.

Heavy snowfall closes Brenner motorway in Austria

 Heavy snowfall brought traffic on the Brenner motorway (A13) to a complete standstill for several hours on Thursday morning in Tyrol.

Trucks formed long convoys in both directions and even snowploughs had trouble getting through.

Due to dangerous driving conditions and the need to clear snow the motorway was closed between the Brenner pass and Schönberg for a distance of around 20 km to all traffic for several hours, a spokeswoman for the Austrian motoring association (ÖAMTC) told the Austrian Press Agency.

Trucks travelling in the direction of Italy were stopped at Vomp and had to park on the hard shoulder of the Inn Valley motorway.

Snow in Tyrol.  © APA/BARBARA GINDL

The B182 road near Gries am Brenner also had to be closed to cars. There was some criticism of truck drivers. "We need road users to cooperate but some truck drivers insisted on overtaking slower vehicles and then of course couldn't go any further - so we had a situation where trucks were parked across the entire carriageway," one driver told local radio station ORF Tyrol.

There has been a weather warning since Wednesday for East Tyrol and Upper Carinthia - but with no major problems so far.

The Lienz basin has had heavy rain since Wednesday afternoon. The local fire department has been busy damming streams that threatened to burst their banks.

The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) has warned East Tyrol and Upper Carinthia to expect heavy rain in the coming days. Lesachtal, Gailtal and Drautal in Upper Carinthia are all at risk of floods and mudslides.

A woman in Innervillgraten, Lienz, lost control of her car due to heavy rain and ended up in a creek. The 49-year-old was rescued by the fire service and was uninjured.  - The Local.

Early heavy snowfall in the Northern Hemisphere

Early and unusually heavy snowfalls effected several regions across the Northern Hemisphere in October 2014.

WATCH: Mini-Ice Age underway - Early heavy snow in the Northern Hemishere.

- Adapt 2030

Snowfall warning issued for northern New Brunswick

An Environment Canada advisory says between 15 and 25
centimetres of snow will fall in northwestern and northern
New Brunswick on Friday. (CBC)
Northern New Brunswick is poised for a messy start to the weekend as a mix of snow and rain is being forecast to hit the region on Friday.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for regions stretching from Grand Falls to Bathurst.

The weather statement says snow is expected to start on Friday morning and continue throughout the day.

Environment Canada is forecasting between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow to fall, primarily in northwestern New Brunswick.

“Snowfall amounts may be considerably less along the Bay of Chaleur coast where precipitation may fall primarily as rain or a rain-snow mix. The snow is expected to taper to flurries Friday night,” according to Environment Canada.

While a snowfall warning is being posted for northern New Brunswick, Environment Canada has also issued a special weather statement for southern New Brunswick.

Instead of shovels, people in southern New Brunswick should be prepared to pull out their umbrellas.

“Over southern regions 20 to 30 millimetres of rain is forecast with two to four centimetres of snow expected after the rain changes to snow late Friday,” the weather statement said.

“Should the track of the low take a more southern path, the area of heavy snow could expand to more central regions of the province and thus warnings may have to be extended.”  - CBC.

Swedes warned about more heavy snowfall

The snow has already started falling in southern Norrland and is expected to spread along the coast. 

The wild weather has prompted Sweden's weather agency SMHI to issue a warning in 25 separate areas across central and eastern regions of the country - and in the Baltic sea off Sweden's east coast. 

"It all depends on how wet the snow will be," meteorologist Sandra Andersson from Weatherpal told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. 

She added that the temperatures were keeping mild and that the sea temperatures were relatively warm. 

"But there could absolutely be ice on the roads."

SMHI has warned of rising water temperatures, treacherous road conditions, and gale force winds. 

Northern Sweden can expect temperatures to hover around -15C.
SMHI has warned Swedes to be cautious on the roads. Photo: TT

Those in southern Sweden can take comfort in the fact that the big chill is still not on the radar, with the mercury expected to swing between 2C and 10C this week. 

SMHI had predicted snow for Stockholm by Thursday, but revised its forecast on Tuesday to just rain and clouds.

Sweden's three biggest cities, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö, all avoided weather warnings from SMHI.  

Meanwhile, the daylight hours are continuing to decrease, with the sun setting in Stockholm at 3.47pm on Tuesday. Sunrises are getting later too, with Wednesday's forecast for 7.16am.  - The Local.

Missouri Department of Transportation prepares for first snowfall

MoDOT is getting ready for when the first snowflakes fall.

They took a few hours to tune up the trucks and salt grinders all across the state.

MoDOT has 208 trucks in the Kansas City area to do the work.

“It seems like every year there’s something. No matter how well you put things away there’s something that may not work,” Scott Banes, MoDOT's Maintenance Supervisor, said. “Or sometimes they’ll try like a plow for a different plow so it gives us a chance to iron all that out before the real storms hit.

More than 3500 employees took part in Wednesday’s winter weather training.

MoDOT spends about $46 million each year to keep the roads clear in the winter. - KSHB.

Ireland set for worst winter in 100 years say experts

Weather forecasters have predicted an especially harsh winter for Ireland this year, with heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures expected. It will be one of the coldest winters the country has experienced in years.

According to the Irish Examiner, meteorologists say that recent solar activity levels, high Siberian snow cover last month, and volcanic emission patterns in Iceland all indicate Ireland is in for a brutal winter this year.

While temperatures will start to fall in November, the worst of the winter weather will likely occur between December and January.

“As we progress throughout November, it is going to become gradually colder across many parts of Ireland, in particular from around the mid-month point when it is likely to become exceptionally cold at times,” said Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden.

“This early start to what is likely to be a harsh winter is also likely to be accompanied by a number of potentially widespread snow events within this period and into the start of December,” he added.

“The parts most at risk of experiencing snow within this period will be to the north and east of Ireland and some of this cold could prove to be quite significant at times, even across some much lower levels of the country.”

He continued: “The worst-case and more plausible scenario could bring something on a similar par to the winter of 2009/2010, which was the coldest in 31 years, or an event close to 2010/2011, which experienced the coldest December in 100 years.

“However, the alternative and slightly more unfavourable scenario could see a winter period on a similar par to 2012/2013 developing, which would still support a colder and snowier-than-average winter throughout 2014/2015.

“If any month could prove to be very severe or potentially record-breaking in terms of the cold and snow episodes that are likely to develop, then January looks like being the main contributor for this on current indications.”

“February and into spring may also not escape an extension of these waves of cold and widespread snow at times. However, there are some conflicting signals for December at present, which could introduce some milder and rather unsettled interludes of weather at times.” - Irish Central.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Floodlist – The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Widespread Flooding, Sea Level Rise, And Catastrophic Storms!

Floods in Eyrieux, Ardèche, France, November 2014. Photo Meteo Europe

November 6, 2014 - EARTH
- The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

Flooding in France and Italy After 163 mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Severe weather has swept across parts of southern and central Europe over the last 3 days. Some of the worst was seen in France and Italy, which have both been badly affected by major flooding since 04 November 2014.


In a 24 hour period between 03 and 4 November, 163 mm of rain fell in Nice and 95 mm in Dijon (WMO figures). One woman was killed in a mud slide, roads were flooded, over 10,000 homes suffered power cuts and numerous rivers burst their banks.

Heavy rainfall was seen across central and south-eastern France, resulting in major flooding in the region of Burgundy. Flooding also affected parts of the Cévennes area, in particular the Ardèche. Floods and landslides also hit parts of Alpes-Maritimes department where one person died in a landslide in the village of Saint Blaise. Dozens were evacuated from their homes in Lamotte-du-Rhône, near Avignon, where 2 campsites also had to be evacuated.

The heavy rain has continued to fall. Nice saw a further 87 mm of rain in 24 hours between 04 and 05 November. Nearly 100 mm fell in the same period in Montélimar in the Rhône-Alpes region.

The weather has been so severe that a 25 metre tug boat ran aground on the beach in Cannes, near to the famous Carlton hotel after a storm on Tuesday 04 November 2014.

WATCH: Floods in France.


Italy is no stranger to floods during the month of November. The recent heavy rainfall caused floods in the regions of Liguria and Tuscany. Over 60 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 04 and 05 November in Genoa, which is still recovering from the disastrous floods that struck the city last month.

In Tuscany 2 people initially feared dead were found after being reported missing in the floods in the town of Carrara. They had been swept away by the swollen Carrione river. Five other people in the area had to be airlifted to safety after becoming trapped by flood water.

The severe weather is expected to continue and a severe warning has been isssued for Rome and other parts of Italy for the next 24 hours. The heavy rain has also affected parts of Slovenia and Switzerland.

Rome on high alert amid severe weather - rainfall up to 110 millimetres in 24 hours expected

Heavy rainfalls and strong winds have hit Rome since Wednesday night and hundreds of schools remained closed on Thursday after a severe weather warning was issued by local authorities. The whole capital city and surrounding areas were put on the highest alert, as more rainfalls up to 110 millimetres in 24 hours were expected, according to Italian civil protection's forecast.

Rome always proved to be particularly susceptible to flooding in case of heavy rains, given its old water network and infrastructures. Major traffic disruption was registered on Thursday morning. At least four major metro stations were flooded by rains and shut, and water swamped several roads in the historical centre and other districts.

The main highways to and from the city were also flooded, and the Rome's ring road GRA was jammed with traffic.

An emergency meeting had been called on Wednesday afternoon by prefect of Rome Alfonso Pecoraro, in order to lay down a plan to face the severe weather warning issued by the regional government.

In addition to the preventive emergency measures that were put in place, the prefecture issued a statement inviting Rome's residents "to leave their houses only for work reasons or most important needs, and to avoid in any case underpasses and subways, basements and any low-lying areas that might be prone to flooding".

The mayor Ignazio Marino urged citizens not to use their cars throughout Thursday if not strictly necessary. All limited traffic zones in Rome's historic centre were intentionally left open to all cars in order to avoid possible congestion.

In addition to schools, the mayor ordered the closure of all archeological and historical sites, as well as cemeteries and the three main universities of Rome.

Marino also addressed Rome's citizens in a video message spread through social networks, warning that "meteorologists explain that Rome could find itself in a situation such as that of January 31st," when entire neighbourhoods and even the most central Via del Corso were flooded by rainwater.

A wave of exceptionally heavy rainfalls has hit several areas in central and northwest Italy in the last 48 hours. The Tuscan city of Carrara was flooded on Tuesday after two local rivers had burst their banks, and civil protection officers had to evacuate several hundreds people from their homes.

A foreign worker, who had been feared dead after the partial collapse of the river's embankment, was rescued by fire fighters in Carrara.

As the bad weather appeared to move towards south, the civil protection extended the alert to other central and southern Italian regions, up to Sicily.

8 Dead, 4,500 Evacuated in Haiti Floods

Flooded streets of Cap-Haitian. Photo: Jean-Junior JOSEPH / Twitter

Torrential rain since Friday has left northern parts of Haiti suffering sever flooding. At least 8 deaths have been reported, and 4,500 people have been forced to evacuate. Over 2,000 homes have been damaged by the flooding.

The severe weather in this region of the Caribbean has also affected Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, where one person died in floods earlier this week.

In Haiti, the worst affected areas are Grande-Rivière-du-Nord, Limonade, Limbé and Dondon, according to local authorities.

Haiti government departments are organising temporary accommodation and distributing food, bedding and water purification tablets. Authorities have also warned of possible further flooding along rivers, and potential landslides.

Met Office issues severe weather and flood warnings - heaviest and most persistent over southwest Scotland

The Met Office is predicting heavy rain and gales for the north-east.
 A severe weather warning has been issued for the north-east as torrential rain continues to hit the region. The Met Office has warned people living in Grampian to "be prepared" for the risk of flooding and treacherous conditions on the road and issued an "amber" warning for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The rain is expected to continue throughout the rest of the day, overnight and into tomorrow. A forecaster said: "This will be heaviest and most persistent over southwest Scotland, and the southern Highlands from Argyll across to Angus. The rain will gradually clear from the west later on Friday.

"The public should be prepared for the risk of localised flooding and potential disruption to transport, particularly within the Amber area."

Rain, wind warnings issued for Metro Vancouver

The heavy rains and strong winds will continue as a deep Pacific low pressure system moving across the region. © CBC

Environment Canada has issued a strong winds and heavy rain warning for Metro Vancouver, as wind on west Vancouver Island is expected to reach speeds of up to 100 km/h.

In a special weather alert, the agency warns that between 30 and 40 mm of rain are expected on Thursday, while southwesterly winds could reach speeds of 90 km/h in Metro Vancouver.

Meanwhile, wind warnings are also in place for Greater Victoria, Inland Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, where gusts are expected to reach a similar speed.

Environment Canada has also issued a wind warning for west Vancouver Island, ahead of very strong winds, gusting up to 100 km/h.

As of 6:30 a.m. PT on Thursday, rain warnings are also in place for the Central Coast and the Howe Sound, while wind warnings had also been issued. A weather statement alerting residents to strong winds was issued for the Sunshine Coast and East Vancouver Island, where gusts could reach speeds of up to 80 km/h.

The heavy rains and strong winds will continue as a deep Pacific low pressure system moving across the region, but are expected to subside Thursday night, when the system moves inland.

Far removed from that system, in northern B.C., Environment Canada has also issued snowfall warnings for the Cassiar Mountains and Watson Lake, where up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected.

Drivers are urged to prepare for changing road conditions and low visibility.

North Shore hit by more rain

Thursday's warnings come only days after Metro Vancouver's North Shore was hit with flash flooding following downpours of 88 mm Monday night. And only Wednesday residents were warned to brace themselves for another major storm.

On Thursday morning, our reporter Richard Zussman discovered the rains had not brought such severe flooding as Monday, although a soccer field at Cousteau School was underwater.

Slovenia on red alert as storms and flooding hit the entire country

© 2014 EARS

It began with a period of several days of highly unstable and particularly rainy weather. Now forecasters expect the rainfall to increase, causing already-swollen rivers to flood many areas.

During the day of 5 November 2014, the strongest rain fell in the western part of the country, especially in the Soča Valley.

According to the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster, firefighters were working to pump rainwater out of flooded basements and inundated primary schools.

Due to increased tides, the sea flooded the low-lying coastline in Piran. In Nova Gorica, firefighters delivered sand bags and offered assistance in setting up flood barriers on the ground floor of residential buildings.

Distributing sandbags

The capitol city of Ljubljana is expecting heavy rains and a high risk of flooding, and state services have begun distributing sandbags to residents and businesses. Officials are also calling on all citizens and businesses to clean out any drains and to take any other possible measures to mitigate the effects of flooding caused by the storm.

The Ljubljana mayor's office announced in a press release that families living in a house can receive up to 20 sandbags, while managers of apartment buildings can get up to 100 bags to create flood barriers. Extra sandbags are also available for purchase at all DIY stores for about 50 cents each.

According to meteorologist Bob Gregorčič, EARS [Slovenian Environment Agency] declared a Red Alert for most of the country because of the large amount of rain that is projected to fall over the next three days. Due to the longer expected duration of the storms, the situation is anticipated to be worse than the rains and flooding that occurred last month. The areas most at risk are likely to be in southern, western and central Slovenia.

The commander of the Civil Protection Service, Srecko Šesta, announced that individual municipalities should have an adequate supply of sandbags. The Slovenian Armed Forces are also on standby to provide assistance if needed.

Storms expected to last until Saturday

On Thursday night, precipitation will further strengthen and gradually cover the greater part of the country. In southern and central Slovenia, residents may see from 50 to 100 liters of rain per square meter, and locally even more is possible. In hilly western and southern Slovenia, total rainfall in the coming days may exceed 200 liters per square meter.

The precipitation period is expected to continue up to and including Saturday.

The Environment Agency recommends caution and regular monitoring of meteorological and hydrological forecasts and warnings. -

- Floodlist | Shanghai Daily | Press and Journal | CBC | Dnevnik [Translated].

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: H5N8 - Germany Reports First Case Of Bird Flu Strain In Europe; 5,000 Birds Infected; 1,800 Dead!

File photo.

November 6, 2014 - GERMANY
- Germany has detected a highly pathogenic bird flu strain which hit Asia severely but has never been reported in Europe, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.

Turkeys were found infected with the H5N8 serotype of the disease on Nov. 4 on a farm in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by the German ministry of agriculture.

"It is the first time that the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain has been notified by a member of the OIE in Europe," a spokeswoman for the Paris-based organization told Reuters.

Some 5,000 birds were infected by the disease, of which 1,880 died, according to the report. It quoted German authorities as saying that the dead birds had been safely disposed of and the farm was being disinfected.

Influenza A virus subtype H5N8

The H5N8 strain has never been detected in humans but has led to massive culling of animals in countries affected. South Korea had to slaughter millions of farm birds to try to contain an outbreak there.

China and Japan also reported cases of the H5N8 virus earlier this year.

Germany had not been hit by a highly pathogenic form of avian influenza since 2009.

In that year it reported cases of H5N1, a different strain that can be transmitted from birds to humans and had caused the death of nearly 400 people in the world as of July 2014, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. - Yahoo.

NEW WORLD DISORDER: Societal Collapse, Civilizations Unraveling Or Global Awakening - The Latest Reports Of Protests, Demonstrations, Riots, Coups And Revolutions!

Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014.(Reuters / Yves Herman)

November 6, 2014 - EARTH
- Social inequalities and political discontent have spurred peoples across the globe to gather and protest against their respective governments. Even places traditionally muted, have seen citizens erupt into wild riots in the streets. Is this more evidence of societal collapse as civilizations unravel or are we witnessing a true global awakening?

Clashes, water cannon as 100,000+ march in Brussels against austerity

Violent clashes broke out in Belgium as more than 100,000 protesters marched in Brussels against the government’s austerity measures. Police deployed water cannon as dockworkers, metalworkers and students took to the streets.

The violence flared up at the end of an otherwise peaceful protest, with tear gas deployed as some radical demonstrators hurled objects at riot police and launched attacks with the barriers against the officials. Some set off colored smoke flares.

At least 14 people were taken to hospital following the violence, according to national daily

The Belgian government which assumed power just a month ago has caused unrest with promises to raise the retirement age, cancel a wage rise in line with inflation and cut health and social security benefits - moves that undermine the country's welfare state.

Violent clashes erupt in Brussels between anti-government protesters and riot police

People supporting the march have said that the austerity cuts only target workers while unfairly letting businesses off the hook. The government is intending, through the cuts, to save some 11 billion euros ($13.8 billion).

The signal is clear. People are angry, livid. This government's policies are totally unbalanced,” ACV union chief Marc Leemans told Reuters.

The union estimates around 120,000 have turned up for Thursday march, dockworkers, metalworkers and students among them.

Protesters’ banners included: "Eliminate the causes of the crisis, not the poor," and “Hands off the pension age.”

WATCH: Clashes, water cannon, tear gas in EU’s ‘capital’ - Anti-austerity anger in Brussels.

A small group set a police motorcycle on fire.

More protests are planned, including weekly regional strikes from November 24 and a national strike for December 15.

The mass-action is also seeing a work slowdown which is having a detrimental effect on public institutions such as schools and post offices, as well as the ports of Antrwerp and Zeebrugge.

"Workers rights have been cut - not only the wages but the rights and the capacity to continue to know what are the main guidelines of the European societies. Because now I think we don't know it anymore," Marisa Matias of the Confederal Group of the European United Left told RT.

"In southern Europe - in Portugal, where I'm from - these measures do nothing but increase social problems."

Net neutrality protests planned across US ahead of FCC decision

Activists plan on holding demonstrations in no fewer than a dozen cities across the United States on Thursday in hopes of having their voices heard ahead of an impending decision they say will influence the future of the internet.

The protests, which are slated to occur outside of the White House in Washington, DC and in front of government buildings in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and elsewhere, are being organized by activists concerned over how the Federal Communications Commission will rule when the agency ultimately makes its long awaited decision on net neutrality.

After months of debate, the FCC is expected to soon settle on a framework that will formally lay out how Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, can handle the delivery of web data from content providers to customers.

Last week, reporter Gautham Nagesh wrote for the Wall Street Journal that insiders close to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler say he’s close to settling on a hybrid approach of sorts that “separate broadband into two distinct services: a retail one, in which consumers would pay broadband providers for Internet access; and a back-end one, in which broadband providers serve as the conduit for websites to distribute content.”

“The FCC would then classify the back-end service as a common carrier, giving the agency the ability to police any deals between content companies and broadband providers,”
Nagesh extrapolated.

Internet activists aren’t exactly keen on that purported proposal, though, nor were they with regards to most any potential frameworks that pose the possibility of letting the FCC prioritize or penalize ISPs and consumers alike by imposing restrictions or rules that would at all influence how web data is delivered.

“What President Obama’s FCC chair is reportedly pushing is not a compromise, it’s a sham,”
Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future, told the Guardian. “Nearly four million internet users submitted comments to the FCC against having fast and slow lanes on the internet, but this proposal explicitly opens the door for them. Worse, it’s based in overly complicated and untested legal theories that are likely to fail in court.”

WATCH: FCC afraid of Comcast, won't ensure net neutrality.

WATCH: Net neutrality in danger after FCC decision.


Along with Popular Resistance, Free Press and Reddit, Fight for the Future is helping coordinate actions across the US on Thursday to draw attention to the net neutrality matter before the FCC can finalize their decision and potentially put in place rules which could green-light so-called “fast lanes” for prioritized web traffic.

According to the New York Times, the hybrid proposal purportedly being weighed by Wheeler “would allow the FCC to enforce a rule against blocking of legal Internet content, to install restrictions on discrimination among Internet traffic and still provide some allowance for unique delivery arrangements for specialized services.”

“In an attempt to deal with the concerns of such paid prioritization, Wheeler's plan apparently would put the burden on the telcos to have to ‘prove that the arrangements would be beneficial to consumers and equally available to any company that would like to participate,”
Techdirt blogger Mike Masnick explained recently. “If this is the actual plan, it's definitelybetterthan Wheeler's original May plan, which would have allowed such prioritization if it were ‘commercially reasonable.’ Having a combination of it being ‘beneficial to consumers’andwith a non-discrimination component is a clear step up.”

Indeed, others have raised concerns as well. Free Press President Craig Aaron told The Guardian this week that Wheeler’s proposal “divides up the internet in a way that is highly theoretical and not based in the law” and is skeptical it would work.

“It’s troubling in a lot of ways: it’s bad politics, bad policy and bad law,”
Aaron said.

And while net neutrality activists have previously rallied outside of locales like FCC headquarters in DC to demonstrate, the protest in front of the White House this week isn’t exactly an unusual venue given the connection between Wheeler and US President Barack Obama.

“Tom Wheeler is a former cable [and] telecom industry lobbyist,
” Fight for the Future said in a recent statement. “Obama, who appointed Wheeler, has promised net neutrality from the campaign trail in 2008 to as recently as weeks ago. But the Obama administration has yet to reign in Wheeler’s plan to hand his former employers legal power over America’s Internet. Internet users are well organized after several mass online actions, and are preparing escalating responses leading up to the FCC’s final decision in the coming weeks.”

Bins as barricades: Angry Paris students blockade schools, protest police brutality

Police cadets from Nimes, take part in a crowd control exercise attended by more than 500 personnel from criminal investigation and police departments
and Marseille's naval firefighting units, in Nimes, southern France, on November 5, 2014.(AFP Photo / PascaL Guyot)
School students across Paris have set up barricades to protest police violence and marched on a city squares after a 21-year-old student was killed nearly two weeks ago by a police flash grenade. Action is escalating across the country.

Bins were stacked up in front of school gates to use as barricades and sit-ins were organized atop the lower-level barriers. “Do not forget, do not forgive,” one of the students’ signs read, as they sat on bins blockading entrances to schools. Some of the bigger barricades were several meters high.

Some 20 schools across the capital were completely blocked off. Le Figaro newspaper put the figure as high as 25.

On Sunday, around 77 people were arrested in violent clashes when they took to the streets of Paris in unsanctioned protests at the death of 21-year-old Remi Fraisse the previous week, who was killed by a police tear gas grenade when he was among those protesting against a dam project in Sivens in France’s southwest.

Dam construction is currently suspended and the police have been temporarily banned from using tear gas grenades.

Thursday’s event, according to its Facebook page, was intended for “Justice and truth for Remi and against police violence.”

“We fight for Remi, we fight for us,”
the students shouted.

After the barricades were set up, thousands of students gathered near the French capital’s Place de la Nation in protest “against police violence” at around 11am. Traffic in the area was briefly paralyzed as a result of the protest.

Students demanded the prohibition of flash grenades by police. “We demand that justice be done,” the protesters said in a statement.

Two further events are planned for Saturday in Paris and Toulouse.

In Rouen, Normandy, action has also been taking place in support of Remi. Environmental activists have spent a second night in tents in front of the courthouse. Rouen has asked that an interim proceeding to vacate the premises be instigated. A judge was due to consider the request Thursday.

Merde! Protesting French farmers dump tons of manure at govt buildings

Dumping some 100 tons of manure and rotten vegetables in Chartres was part of a wave of protest by French farmers, who are angry with overregulation, sluggish economy and lack of protectionism.

France was gripped by a series of protests on Tuesday and Wednesday, with an estimated 36,000 people participating. The dumping of manure in front of a local administration building in Chartres in northern France was mirrored by similar action in the central city of Tours, western Nantes and Toulouse in the southwest.

"Manure, we can't spread it any more. You can have it, help yourselves,"
one of the slogans said.

This year France has started enforcing a 1991 EU directive aimed at curbing nitrate pollution, which forced tens of thousands of farms that previously used manure as fertilizers to undergo costly infrastructure upgrades to comply.

In Dijon, farmers burnt an effigy of French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal.

In other parts of the country farmers organized by two of France's main farming unions, the FNSEA and Jeunes Agriculteurs (Young Farmers) resorted to less dramatic ways to vent off their anger.

Parisians who happened to be near at Place de la République on Wednesday could get some of 60 tons of potatoes and 20 tons of onions, apples and pears grown in the region and dumped on the streets by protesting farmers.

“This is a symbolic action. Often farmers don’t harvest their produce because it costs too much and isn’t worth it, so it goes to waste. Instead of doing that we decided to give it to the Parisians to help get our message across,”
Cyrille Milard, a farmer from the Seine et Marne department who participated in the protest, told the Local.

A farmer passes by the main entrance of the DDT (Direction Departementale des territoires) with a manure stacked outside during a protest in
Vesoul, France on November 5, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sebastien Bozon)

A farmer watches a pile of hay and manure dumped outside the DDT (Direction Departementale des territoires) offices burn, during
a protest in Vesoul, eastern France, on November 5, 2014.(AFP PHoto / Sebastien Bozon)

Farmers puts potatoes in bags before a distribution at Republique square in central Paris, November 5, 2014.(Reuters / Philippe Wojazer)

French farmers are irritated by what they call the overregulation of agriculture in France, accompanied by a lack of protection from foreign competition that does not suffer from such hurdles.

“Markets need to be regulated. The borders are open, that’s Europe, and we import 80 percent of vegetables and 80 percent of meat. While this happens our farmers quit the profession every week and every day because they can’t sell their produce. We produce high quality goods, but can’t sell them,”
said Milard.

Illustrating the situation, some 20 Young Farmers activists checked freighters delivering food to the French Finance Ministry on Wednesday morning.

"Tomatoes from Morocco, apples from Italy, unlabeled produce: the Economy Ministry should set an example of ‘Made in France’, and that is not the case,"
said Samuel Vandaele, the group's deputy leader.

WATCH: Manure v EU laws - French farmers dump sh*t near dministrative offices.

Aggravating the pressure on the farmers is the sluggish economy, which they blame on the policies of widely unpopular socialist President Francois Holland, and the falling prices caused by large harvests and a food embargo imposed on the EU by Russia in response to economic sanctions.

The protests held by the farmers coincide with those staged by activists opposing police brutality in France. This protest, which at times escalated into violent clashes with riot police, was triggered by last month’s killing of an environmental activist by a police stun grenade.

Remi Fraisse, 21, was part of a camp of green protesters opposing the controversial Sivens Dam project in the basin of the river Garonne in Southern France. His death on October 25 led to a wave of riots, with a new protest expected on Thursday.

‘Nowhere to hide, we're everywhere!’ Global Million Mask March as it happened

Protests against mass surveillance, govt austerity and social injustice have taken to the streets in over 400 cities worldwide. Dubbed the Million Mask March, the third annual act of mass civil disobedience was organized by the activist group Anonymous.

United in face and values, hiding behind the stylised Anonymous masks popularized by “V for Vendetta” movie, activists flocked the streets in the UK, China, and the US, just to name a few.

Some of the biggest protests were seen in London where hundreds of activists engaged in a tense and prolonged stand-off with police in and around the Parliament Square. At least ten people were arrested following scuffles on charges of assaulting police officers and different public order offences.

Ahead of the rally, Anonymous, a loose-knit collective that stages politically-motivated cyber-attacks on businesses, government and religious institutions to protect the rights of the people, warned its members of possible police brutality. Meanwhile activists on the ground did their best to stay out of trouble and not provoke any violence.

Yet the prospect of a harsh standoff with authorities did not stop a few thousand from marching through the streets against government corruption, corporate malfeasance and the expanding surveillance state. The mass protest was organized to coincide with Guy Fawkes Day, which is celebrated annually in the UK on November 5.

WATCH: Scenes from Anonymous' Million Mask March.

“The internet has the power to
bring down regimes. That is what terrifies them. That is why they are now monitor our phone calls, they monitor our emails, and they monitor our free speech. It terrifies them. They have no particular jurisdiction over the internet. It belongs to everyone,” Old Holborn, member of the movement told RT from London.

From Sydney to Los Angeles, from Johannesburg to Hong Kong – thousands came forward to make their voices heard. Among key ideas which virtually connected all different protests were anti-capitalist idealism and the rejection of global surveillance by the NSA. Some rallies had a sense of carnival, where whole families with kids marched in protest, while other gatherings – like in London and Washington – turned more intense, with people not hiding their rage.

Protesters taking part in the Million Mask March in Washington, DC briefly clashed with the police as they tore fences away. Several protesters, many sporting Guy Fawkes masks, were seen being arrested.

“Being in the military you're just a number, you're just a pawn for their game. I respect everyone in, 'cause that's their choice, but it is just a fucking pawn game. It's all for money, oil and greed,”
a protester on the streets of DC told RT’s Ruptly.

Even Finland, with a population of just over 5 million, or roughly half the population of London saw masked protesters take to the streets of Helsinki on Wednesday night as part of the global Million Mask March.

The Anonymous citizens of Germany, the economic power of the EU, also had something to say against global governance.

“My message is that we should finally stop being against each other, we should be together again, worldwide. The government and the economy do everything to make us dependant of money and that cannot be the solution. The solution is to do everything together. We could make the world a lot more beautiful when we stop being against each other,
” one protester in Berlin said.

- RT News.

CONTAGION: Ebola Cover-Up - Obama Administration Caught Ordering News Outlets To Not Report Suspected Ebola Cases; Pharmacologist Reveals How Press Bowed To Government To Keep Americans In The Dark!

November 6, 2014 - UNITED STATES
- An eyebrow-raising admission at the end of a Forbes article written by pharmacologist David Kroll reveals that the media has agreed not to report on suspected Ebola cases in the United States.

In a piece entitled Liberian Traveler At Duke Hospital Shows Preliminary Negative Result For Ebola, Kroll describes attending a press conference involving Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos.

After revealing that “an unnamed official abruptly called the press conference to a close” when Wos was asked a difficult question about the suspected Ebola victim, Kroll then drops a bombshell.

“The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed,”
he writes.

Kroll then felt the need to justify why he was talking about the suspected Ebola case at Duke Hospital, which subsequently turned out to be negative, explaining that he was, “covering tonight’s announcement of a potential Ebola case because it has been reported in my area, and at Duke University Medical Center, an institution where I hold an unpaid adjunct associate professor appointment in their Department of Medicine.”

The agreement between major media outlets and health authorities – presumably the CDC – not to report on potential Ebola cases in the United States was apparently made behind the scenes with no public discussion whatsoever.

This is sure to heighten criticism of the CDC’s handling of the Ebola outbreak in the U.S., which is already under close scrutiny.

While the CDC will almost certainly claim that such an arrangement is necessary to prevent hysteria, many will see this as another example of how the mainstream press is more interested in acquiescing to government demands than keeping the American people informed.

In an interview on the Alex Jones Show last month, Doctor James Lawrenzi revealed that health authorities are covering up potential Ebola cases in the United States and disappearing patients in an effort to avoid hysteria.

With flu season fast approaching, experts have warned that the reporting of Ebola-like symptoms which are in fact influenza could overwhelm health authorities.

Medical professionals have predicted that the U.S. could see over one hundred Ebola cases by the end of the year.

Last week we reported on how the government had sent 250,000 Hazmat suits to Dallas, while the CDC is also set to purchase over 1.4 million surgical gowns and nearly 10,000 body bags in response to the outbreak. - Info Wars.

Tracking the EBOLA Virus Outbreak

ICE AGE NOW: Increasing Signs Of Magnetic Polar Migration - Polar Vortex To Plunge Toward Central United States Next Week With High Storm Activity, Freezing Temperatures, Heavy Snowfall, High Winds, Huge Waves And Heavy Precipitation!

November 6, 2014 - NORTH AMERICA
- The atmosphere is preparing to send part of the polar vortex southward toward the United States next week with an outbreak of arctic air and lake-effect snow.

The polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region. Occasionally, this pocket of very cold air can get dislodged farther south than normal, leading to cold outbreaks in Canada and the U.S.

The main blast of cold air associated with the plunging polar vortex will swing southeastward into the Central and Eastern states spanning Sunday, Nov. 9, to Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

According to AccuWeather Long Range Expert Paul Pastelok, "Areas from the northern and central Plains to the Great Lakes, the upper Gulf Coast and the Appalachians will feel significant impact from the arctic outbreak."

The worst of the cold will be felt from Fargo, North Dakota, and Minneapolis to Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati, where heating demands will jump and people will be reaching for winter coats before venturing outdoors.

The cold air will be accompanied by gusty winds, which will send AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures plunging into the single digits and teens in the north and into the 20s and 30s in part of the Deep South. Such cold will raise the risk of hypothermia and frostbite in the North and will make it uncomfortable for some outdoor activities in the South.

"It is possible single-digit low temperatures occur in parts of the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest, away from the Great Lakes with temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below average in parts of the South," Pastelok said.

While the brunt of the cold air is not likely to be directed toward the I-95 corridor of the East, a breeze accompanying the cold air will make if feel more like December for at least a few days.

The action of cold air passing over the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes will unleash bands of lake-effect flurries, snow and squalls from the Upper Midwest to the interior Northeast.

While snowfall can be heavy in a pattern such as this, it tends to be highly localized.

"A broad area of snow on the ground would result in significantly lower temperatures," Pastelok said.

The bare ground and warm Great Lakes waters will take away some of the severity of this early season arctic outbreak.

"Despite the moderation, freezing temperatures are possible along the upper Gulf Coast from northeast of Houston to northern Florida late next week," Pastelok said.

For folks not ready for winter, there is some indication that the cold weather will ease prior to Thanksgiving.

The weather pattern forecast to send the polar vortex on a southward plunge can be traced back to the western Pacific Ocean, where Typhoon Nuri curved east of Asia earlier this week.

According to Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "In brief, when a typhoon curves away from Asia it causes the jet stream [steering winds] farther to the east across the Pacific and into North America to buckle and amplify days later."

The contorted jet stream can lead to major storms and big surges of warmth and outbreaks of cold air.

Prior to the plunge of the polar vortex, the pattern will give birth to a powerful storm over the northern Pacific Ocean. This storm, partly associated with the former typhoon is likely to slam the Aleutians and west coast of Alaska with high winds, huge waves and heavy precipitation spanning Friday into this weekend. - AccuWeather.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Floodlist – The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Widespread Flooding, Sea Level Rise, And Catastrophic Storms!

Civil protection agencies warned Carrara residents to avoid driving and stay on high ground if possible. © Giovanna Mezzana

November 6, 2014 - EARTH
- The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms courtesy of Floodlist.

Tuscany residents saved as flooding hits Italy

UPDATED: Two residents in Tuscany have been found after being reported missing in floods, while five others have been airlifted to safety, according to Italian media reports.

The two missing people were saved by rescuers in Carrara, the town's prefect and Mayor Mayor Angelo Zubbani told Il Tirreno. The news corrects an earlier report that one of the two people had died.

Both had been living close to a sawmill on the edge of the Carrione river, which burst its banks following hours of torrential rain.

WATCH: Flooding in Italy.

Around 200 metres of riverbank collapsed as waterways in the area failed to contain the downpour, Il Tirreno said.

Five people who had been working in the town's sawmill climbed onto its roof and were airlifted to safety by helicopter. Hundreds more families are unable to open their doors for fears their homes will be flooded.

Schools have been closed in Carrara, which is halfway between Florence and Genoa, while trains have also been stopped.

Civil protection agencies warned residents to avoid driving and stay on high ground if possible.

Piemonte and parts of Liguria are also on heightened alert after heavy downpours.

Buenos Aires Floods Update – 3 Dead and Over 5,000 Evacuated

In a Government House press conference earlier today, Argentina Cabinet Chief, Jorge Capitanich, said that the heavy rainfall and flooding that struck in the Province of Buenos Aires last Saturday has now affected 19 municipalities and forced 5,203 people to evacuate from their homes.

As reported by Telam, Capitanich said that the districts affected were Luján, Marcos Paz, La Matanza, Bragado, Arrecifes, Pilar, Mercedes, San Miguel, Esteban Echeverría, Ensenada, Carmen de Areco, San Martín, Lomas de Zamora, Moreno, San Fernando, Tigre, Quilmes, Salto and Baradero.

Currently there is no available information for flood damage in Berisso, Malvinas Argentinas, Campana and Exaltación de la Cruz.

The floods first began on 30 October 2014, forcing over 1,000 from their homes.

One of the victims died in Lanús after being electrocuted in flood water. Another victim also died by electrocution in the locality of San Fernando. The third victim died after drowning in the swollen Luján river.

According to WMO, parts of Buenos Aires saw over 130 mm of rain fall in 24 hours between 02 and 03 November 2014.

The heavy rain is also now affecting parts of Uruguay. Carrasco, Florida and Colonia all saw between 50 to 70 mm of rain in 24 hours up to 04 November. Parts of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia have also seen heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours.

3 Dead After More Floods in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Emergency rescue teams work at the site of a mudslide in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Photo: Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia
The Cameron Highlands in Malaysia has once again experienced deadly flooding, just over a year after 4 people died in floods in the same region.

In October 2013, 4 people died in floods in the area after water was released from a nearby dam. The recent heavy rainfall meant that water also had to be released from the dam yesterday, 05 November 2014.

This time around things ran more smoothly, according to local reports. Residents were evacuated and it is not thought that the water release was the cause of any of the fatalities.
The district police chief told Bernama “The management of the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam had announced to the police about releasing water via Sungai Bertam when the water level reached 35.9 feet (11 metres) due to heavy rain. To avoid any untoward incident, the residents were evacuated to the community hall in Ringlet and the operation was completed at 8pm. At the moment, the situation is under control and the weather is fine,”

The floods have damaged at least 20 houses in Kampung Baru and Bertam Valley, and forced around 150 people to evacuate their homes in Tanah Rata, the main town in the highlands.

River of mud – flash floods in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, November 2014. Photo: Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia


The area is especially vulnerable to flash floods and landslides, mostly as a result of deforestation and soil erosion.

After the 2013 disaster, Ed Hill wrote for FloodList:
The release of water was implemented according to standard operating procedure, so why did it cause such calamity?

In reality there are a number of contributing factors. These include a more rapid rise in water level than usual, owing to deforestation, increasingly intensive agricultural activities and in some cases poorly managed agricultural practices in the dam’s catchment area. This is coupled with poor land use practices and the encroachment of urban development into the flood plain below the dam.
Sadly it seems there have been further instances of deforestation in the area in recent times, prompting a Malaysia’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, to visit the area earlier this year. In our report on his attempts to stop illegal deforestation, we said:

Example of deforested hillsides in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Photo: Kelantan

Several new illegal land clearing sites have recently been detected this year at the Blue Valley-Kampung Raja border, Kuala Terla, Brinchang and 49 Miles areas. Much of the forest in these areas are all on on Pahang government land. According to local eye witnesses, the illegal foresters even put up “no trespassing” signs while moving in various bits of heavy machinery. Local farmers know when work on a new illegal clearance is taking place as it causes muddy water to flow into their farms whenever it rained. The trees that used to prevent the mud and water flow are now gone.
- Floodlist | The Local.