Friday, March 27, 2015

MONUMENTAL GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The Globe - Russian City Of Samara Being "EATEN ALIVE" By Apocalyptic Sinkholes; "Super" Sinkholes Plaguing Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Colorado City Stumped By Sinkhole With NO Broken Water Pipes; Sinkhole Swallows Garden Sheds In Swanley, UK; Sinkhole Closes Laketon Road In Penn Hills; Sinkhole Swallows Garbage Truck In Jersey City; Sinkhole Causes Traffic Inconvenience At Summit And Jefferson, Ohio!

March 27, 2015 - EARTH - Here are several of the latest reports of sinkholes across the globe as monumental planetary transformations continue.

Russian city of Samara being 'eaten alive' by sinkholes

Residents of Samara, in south Russia, have seen cars and buses vanish beneath their streets as an epidemic of sinkholes spreads through the city.

In scenes reminiscent of a disaster film, residential streets and major thoroughfares have emerged from the city’s harsh winter unable to withstand the pressure from daily traffic.

The cause of the holes is thought to be a combination of poor road construction and the severe weather experienced over the past winter.

As temperatures dove to more than -20 Celsius, the ice and resulting melt water causes erosion both below and at ground level.

Combined with poor drainage, soil beneath the roads has been allowed to be washed away.

While winter causes most urban areas to suffer potholes and cracks of some form or other, the level of destruction in Samara has taken the problem to a whole new level.

This is not the first time the city has suffered from crumbling tarmac. Every year the city suffers from severe potholes and three years ago the problem took another life after a driver’s car disappeared under a pavement as the road surface gave way. - The Telegraph.

Officials speak out about sinkholes plaguing Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A "super sinkhole" at Fourth and Woodbine Streets in Harrisburg, Pa.

Officials are responding to Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s letter to County Commissioners on Tuesday. In the letter, Papenfuse asked about grant money to fix sinkholes of the 1400 block of South 14th Street. The letter follows news that the city “most likely” would not get any money from the county’s grant disaster recovery fund.

Dauphin County Chief Clerk Chad Saylor says the mayor is overreacting.

“It’s these letters, these accusations; these public attacks are doing nothing to help the folks of south Harrisburg,” Saylor said. “We’ve got to move this process forward as fast as possible. So, we believe that project is flood related, we believe that once HUD takes a look at it, they will agree and approve the project.”

Mayor Papenfuse wants to know the status of the grant application and about the rest of the grant money. Saylor says although Harrisburg is not eligible for the first round of funding, the city could still receive money in the next round of grants.

WATCH: Officials speak out about Harrisburg’s sinkholes.

- FOX43.

Colorado city stumped by sinkhole with no broken water pipes

City crews recently discovered a 4 foot-deep sinkhole when they went to fix what was originally reported as a pot hole on North Elizabeth
near 29th Street on Tuesday.  © CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/CHRIS MCLEAN

City crews are repairing a 4-foot-deep sinkhole that appeared in North Elizabeth Street last Friday evening.

Public Works Director Earl Wilkinson said the cause of the sinkhole hasn't been determined, but it did not cause any injury.

"We excavated down about 8 feet and all the material is dry," he said Tuesday, meaning there was no sign of underground water causing a subsidence. "We may never know why this one occurred."

The sinkhole is just north of the Elizabeth and 29th Street intersection.

Wilkinson said the city will fill the hole with a concrete-like material that will fill up any gaps in the soil. Then a layer of aggregate will be poured on top, followed by fresh asphalt. The repair should be completed by the end of the week.

"We were fortunate no one was injured by driving into it," he said. - Pueblo Chieftain.

Sinkhole swallows garden sheds in Swanley, UK

The sinkhole swallowed two sheds

A sinkhole has opened up in a Kent town swallowing two sheds and disrupting sewers and water supplies.

The hole appeared in Swanley several days ago, but residents have said no repair plan has been put in place.

Joe Hutchings, of Oliver Road, said he saw his shed half-standing, and then he watched the whole structure collapse.

Thames Water said a sewer broke after the ground collapsed and it would work with Sevenoaks council to see what investigations could be carried out.

BBC reporter Zac Daunt-Jones said the hole was a few metres deep and about 6.5ft (2m) by 9.8ft (3m) across.

Gary Kent, who saw his shed and Mr Hutchings's shed fall in the hole last Thursday, said: "The bricks started becoming unsafe around the doorway and it's imploded on itself, and the next-door neighbour's shed's gone down there as well, plus all their contents."

Mr Kent said residents were left not knowing where to turn, and Mr Hutchings said nobody seemed to be willing to give them any advice.

In a statement, Thames Water said its sewer was in working order before the sink hole appeared, but the ground movement caused it to break.

It said: "We're very sympathetic to how worrying this situation must be, so we'll get in touch with the council to see what further investigations can be carried out." - BBC.

Sinkhole closes Laketon Road in Penn Hills

A sinkhole has prompted the indefinite closure of Laketon Road in Penn Hills, the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said today.

The sinkhole is in the 2800 block of Laketon Road, just east of the intersection with Crab Hollow Road.

Traffic on the road will be maintained for local residents but others will need to take alternate routes.
There is no word on how long the road will stay closed. - PG.

Sinkhole swallows garbage truck in Jersey City

Litter was the least concern of Jersey City residents opposed to trash in the streets when a garbage truck got stuck in a sinkhole early Wednesday morning, police said.

At 1:24 a.m., a garbage truck from Industrial Waste Management got stuck in a 4-by-2 foot sinkhole on Woodland Avenue between Lembeck and Greenville avenues, a police report says.

The truck, which had its driver's side rear wheels stuck in the hole, was pulled out by a private tow truck, the report said, adding that an axle on that side of the garbage truck was damaged.

A water main was broken during the incident, the report says. United Water spokesman David Johnson said crews were repairing the six-inch main yesterday.

- The Jersey Journal.

Sinkhole causes traffic inconvenience at Summit and Jefferson, Ohio

Drivers have reported a sinkhole at Summit and Jefferson in downtown Toledo. Repairing it will be a major project, so drivers can expect to be inconvenienced until it's complete.

A traffic pattern has been set up for drivers to maneuver around the sinkhole.

The repair is complicated because it occurred over a major sewer line. City officials say city crews can't make the repair. A contractor has to be hired.

WATCH: Downtown sinkhole.

Sinkholes are not an uncommon sight at this time of year.

“Unfortunately, when you get additional moisture, it starts pulling that ground and everything down to the sewer lines, and that's when these caves start showing up a little and become more apparent,” said David Pratt, Toledo's sewer and drainage commissioner.

Work on the sinkhole should be complete in a week. - Toledo News Now.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Cesna 208 Plane Crash East Of Verdigris, Oklahoma - Two People Injured!

Photo of the crashed plane. [Rogers County Sheriff's Office]

- A single-engine plane crashed near Verdigris Tuesday afternoon.

According to law enforcement sources, the plane went down in the 12000 block of East 540 Road, about 150 yards from a house.

The small Cessna took off from Tulsa International Airport and tried to land at a Rogers County airstrip, but went down about a mile short.

A German citizen, 39-year-old Markus Bastuck, was at the controls and his passenger, 36-year-old Andrew Anklam, both walked away from the crash with minor injuries to their faces.

Nearby neighbors said they were home when the plane crashed just a short walk from their front doors.

Kathy and Martin Howard said it all happened very fast. They said they could tell the plane was having some problems, and within seconds it was on the ground.

"It was trying to locate an air strip or where to land because they knew they were in trouble, but didn't make it," Martin said.

Photo of the crashed plane. [Rogers County Sheriff's Office]

Photo of the crashed plane. [Rogers County Sheriff's Office]

Kathy Howard said her family watched as the pilot attempted to put the plane down along a nearby landing strip but, instead, he went down between two trees across the street from their home.

"We ran down and they had gotten themselves out. Their faces were bloody, but it was amazing how fast they got themselves out of there, wow, unbelievable how fast it can happen just instantly," Martin said.

Kathy said, "I was talking to dispatch and they asked how many people and I said one and then said two and told her where we were. My son yelled to get gauze so I got gauze and one had a gash on forehead."

The 1988 plane registered out of Utah had taken off from Tulsa before investigators said it reported engine troubles.

WATCH: Single-Engine Plane Crashes Near Verdigris.

Soon after it crash landed, neighbors said a police helicopter - apparently flying nearby- landed as well and then ambulances arrived.

The FAA was on the scene Tuesday and the NTSB is expected to arrive Wednesday. Until then, the Civil Air Patrol is monitoring the scene. - News on 6.

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Trend Continues - Spring Snow Brings Road And School Closures, Bus Crashes In Manitoba; Arctic Sea Ice Extent Now Higher Than 2005, 2006, 2007 And 2011; Snow Covers Streets And Palm Trees In Baljurashi, Saudi Arabia; Snowstorm Paralyzes Transportation System In Oslo, Norway; Feet Of Hail On The Equator In Colombia And Ecuador; Final Weekend Of March Will Make The U.S. Northeast Shiver With Record Low Temperatures; Dozens Of Goats Killed By Snow And Cold Temperatures In Lebanon; Coldest Winter For Two Decades In Canary Islands; And Great Lakes Ice Cover Third Highest On Record! [PHOTOS + GRAPHS + MAPS + VIDEOS]

March 27, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes some of the latest stories illustrating the monumental global cooling trend on planet Earth.

Spring snow brings road and school closures, bus crashes in Manitoba

In some places school has been cancelled in rural Manitoba as the province is hit by snow Wednesday morning.

Fort la Bosse, Park West, Border Land, Garden Valley and Red River Valley school divisions have cancelled school.

The Franco-Manitoban School Division has cancelled classes at St. Agathe and St. Jean Baptiste schools, and buses for Jours de Plaine, St. Lazare and Aurèle-Lemoine schools.

Turtle River, Beautiful Plains and Garden Valley school divisions have cancelled buses, while Lakeshore School Division is open and buses are running, but bus delays are expected, with some pickups possibly not serviceable. A bus rolled on Highway 75 south of St. Adolphe near the Glenlea Research Centre, closing that highway.

A crash also closed the westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway from Headingley, Man., to five kilometres west of Elie, Man. - Global News.

Arctic sea ice extent now higher than 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011

And it is about to pass 2008 and 2014.
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Ocean and Ice Services | Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut
Ocean and Ice Services | Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

Same story with the Norwegian Space Agency

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But the media keeps telling you about unprecedented ice loss.

The big lie continues.

- Real Science.

Snow covers streets and palm trees in Baljurashi, Saudi Arabia

This video clip posted on "YouTube" shows streets, yards and homes of the province covered with snow last Friday.

WATCH: Heavy snowfall in Saudi Arabia.

Here is a collection of photos taken from social networking sites showing mountains, hills and forest covered with snow.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

According to Wikipedia, Baljurashi is a city in Al Bahah Region, southwestern Saudi Arabia. It is located at an elevation of around 2,000 meters. The temperature usually varies between 2C in winter and 30C in summer.

- Ice Age Now.

Snowstorm paralyzes transportation system in Oslo, Norway

Snowfall in Oslo
Oslo's bus system shut down, trams weren't running, some trains stood still and Norway's gateway airport at Gardermoen, north of Oslo, finally had to close. Warnings had been issued about Thursday's snowstorm, but it proved to be more than transport systems could handle.

The blizzard that began during the night and built up during the morning had dumped more than 40 centimeters of snow on the southern coastal town of Arendal by midday. Some areas reported more than 60 centimeters and it was still coming down. Streets that did get cleared were covered with slippery snow again within minutes.

At Oslo's main airport at Gardermoen, the snow was falling so thick and fast that the airport's army of plows were out in force trying to keep the runways clear, but without much luck. "And when we have plows on the runways, planes can't land or take off," airport spokesman Joachim Wester Andersen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

- News in English.

Feet of Hail on the Equator in Colombia and Ecuador

WATCH: Record snowfall in Colombia and Ecuador.

Feet of Hail along the Equator in Colombia and Ecuador 2015
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Quito Hail

- Adapt 2030.

Final Weekend of March Will Make the U.S. Northeast Shiver With Record Low Temps

For portions of the East, spring's changeable temperatures are on full display this week.
On Monday, record cold daily highs were set in Montpelier, Vermont (19), and Watertown, New York (21), among other locations. Bangor, Maine (4 degrees), and Binghamton, New York (10), each tied a daily record low Tuesday.

Then, milder air moved in for midweek. Highs on Thursday reached into the middle 70s in Washington, D.C., while Philadelphia warmed into the 60s. Farther north, Boston topped out in the middle 50s. That said, these more comfortable temperatures were accompanied by rain and clouds.

The latest chapter of this up-and-down temperature story will have you grabbing your coat again in many eastern cities this weekend. This is due to a sharp dip in the jet stream that will force cold air from Canada all the way into the Deep South. In fact, freeze watches and warnings have been issued for Tennessee, as well as parts of North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas for Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Below is a look at just how cold it will get this time around.

Forecast: Cold Weekend Ahead

High temperatures will be up to 20 degrees below average from the Great Lakes into the Ohio Valley. In the Southeast, temperatures will be 5 to 15 degrees below average. Chicago may struggle to reach 30 degrees, while Detroit holds in the 30s. The blue shadings on the maps to the right show the areas where temperatures will dive below late-March averages from Friday through the weekend.

Lows in the teens and single digits will dominate the Great Lakes, from western New York to northern Ohio, northern Indiana, Michigan, northern Illinois and Wisconsin. A freeze is possible as far south as northern Georgia, northern Alabama, Tennessee and western North Carolina. A few record low temperatures may be set as well, including Indianapolis (current record low is 21) and Nashville (current record low is 23).

Highs will be 10 to 20 degrees below average from the Southeast, including northern Florida, to parts of the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Northeast. Portions of the Great Lakes and interior Northeast will hold in the 20s or 30s. Some cities in the South such as Nashville, Tennessee and Raleigh, North Carolina may not rise out of the 40s. Atlanta will likely hold in the 50s on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday: Lows will be 10 to 20 degrees below average in much of the East. A freeze is possible as far south as Tennessee, North Carolina, northern Georgia and northern Alabama. Lows in the teens and 20s will be widespread in the Northeast. A few locations in the Southeast and Northeast will flirt with daily record lows on Sunday morning including (current record low is in parentheses): New York - JFK (26), Washington, D.C. - Dulles (20), Charlotte, North Carolina (26) and Macon, Georgia (30).

Highs will be 5 to 10 degrees below average in parts of the East.

Since the jet stream dip is transient and will not stay locked in across the East, the cold air will quickly push out for the start of next week.

On Monday and Tuesday, most areas east of the Mississippi River will see temperatures within a few degrees of average for the final few days of March.

A Record Cold February-March?

Several cities in the Northeast are now flirting with a record cold February through March period.

Through March 23, Hartford, Connecticut, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island were crushing their current record coldest February through March periods, as noted by a tweet Tuesday from the National Weather Service forecast office in Taunton, Massachusetts.

If the current trends hold, Boston would have its coldest February through March period in 130 years, when Grover Cleveland began his first term as President.

Similarly, New York's JFK and LaGuardia Airports, as well as Bridgeport, Connecticut, would also set their record coldest February through March, if the trend continues through the end of the month.

Records for those three locations date to the mid- to late 1940s. Impressively, this February through March may be colder at both LaGuardia Airport and Bridgeport, Connecticut, than the infamously cold late winter/early spring of 1978, according to the NWS forecast office in Upton, New York. With a longer period of record dating to 1869, this would only be the fifth coldest February through March in New York City's Central Park.  - Weather.

Dozens of goats killed by snow and cold temperatures in Lebanon

In the heights of Almtalala and Mount Khan and Alwastany, the snow reached 20 cm (8 inches) deep. This led to the siege of thousands of cattle on farms scattered in those areas, and dozens of goats were killed in the villages of Rashaya (Lebanon) by the snow and low temperatures.

In Rashaya Shawki al-Hajj, snow fell over mountainous areas above 1,100 meters (3400 feet), covering the ground with a white crust between 3-5 centimeters deep, especially in the villages of Ein Atta , Yanta, Deir Ashayer, to Baia, Mivon, Sultan Yacoub, BCAA, Ain Arab. The snow quickly melted.

The Mount Hermon Heights (2814) and other high locations, including the sites of international separation between Syria and the occupying forces (UNDOF), saw further accumulations on top of the snow which already measured five meters (more than 16 feet) deep. On some slopes hidden from the sun, the snow stood about eight meters (more than 26 feet) deep. - Tayyar. [Translated]

Coldest winter for two decades in Canary Islands (Spain)

Mount Telde, Tenerife, covered completely in snow.

The winter that ended last week has been one of the coldest in the last two decades, however, only three fell snowfall during the season, the most intense in early January. But it was with the arrival of spring when registered the heaviest snowfall but only in Tenerife and La Palma.
The gusty wind that blew on Sunday prevented, surely, that snow curdle Monday at the summit of Gran Canaria although, according to Jesus Agüera, director of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) in the Canary Islands, "snowflakes snow itself must fall. " So the snow will curdle he explained, "has to fall so serene," something that the weather did not allow the morning and Monday morning.

Where if it materialized and probably says Aguera, with greater intensity and lower levels than in previous months was on the summits of Tenerife and La Palma. Climatology Service has not yet crossed the data to certify how much snow fell and where [yesterday held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria World Meteorological Day], but by looking at the Teide and Las Cañadas and the Roque de Los Muchachos It is enough to get an idea of ​​the size of the snow. Especially since, unlike the three occasions when it snowed last winter (November to early January and mid-February), on these two islands congealed flakes 1,600 meters, becoming visible on the slopes of both islands.

Yesterday were still closed by snow and ice in the driveway accesses to Las Canadas del Teide and the cable car still did not operate by snow, but also by the wind, which was blowing yesterday, although with less intensity than on Monday, when recorded gusts of over 100 kilometers per hour. In La Palma, highway Roque de Los Muchachos was closed, but in the morning the snowplows were working machines.

Yesterday was the north wind blowing, and the rain made an appearance in many parts of the islands, but temperatures have begun to rise. In the coming days the air rolará north east, bringing an improvement is expected in thermometers ahead of Easter. - Canarias7. [Translated]

Great Lakes Ice Cover Third Highest On Record

Two years ago, Joe Romm announced the end of Great Lakes ice.

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How Climate Change Is Damaging The Great Lakes, With Implications For The Environment And The Economy | ThinkProgress

Two of the three highest ice years have occurred in the two years since Joe Romm announced the demise of Great Lakes ice.

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“It’s becoming certain that, like the rest of the country, the Great Lakes are feeling the effects of climate change.”
It is becoming certain that fraudsters like Joe Romm are pushing an agenda.

- Real Science.

TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines - The Cyborg Revolution Begins As Technological Body Implants Gain Greater Acceptance!

March 27, 2015 - TECHNOLOGY
- The primary goal of technology should be to improve our lives in some way. So far that has seen us embrace computers, the Internet, smartphones and most recently wearable gadgets. However, many are predicting that the future will not see us hold or wear technology, but have it directly implanted into our bodies.

Already, the transhumanism movement is seeing technology implants gain greater acceptance, but many still feel uneasy about the ethics involved when we attempt  to improve our bodies artificially. In response to the advances made in body modification technology, we’ve looked at five high-profile examples below.

Replacement limbs

For many years, individuals have used technology to help solve medical problems. Artificial pacemakers have been implanted into humans since the 1950s and prosthetic limbs, in their most basic form, have been used for centuries.

Now limb replacements are becoming increasingly advanced, with the DEKA arm being one of the most notable. Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Army Research Office, DEKA can carry out a series of complex movements controlled by electrical signals sent from electrodes connected to the user’s muscles. The electrodes transmit signals to the arm, which can carry out 10 different types of movements.

The DEKA arm has given those that are missing limbs the ability to perform delicate tasks, such as grasping a bottle, which wouldn’t be possible with traditional prosthetics.

Neil Harbisson’s antenna

Self-confessed cyborg Neil Harbisson is one of the most famous exponents of body modifications and has used technology to overcome the extreme form of colour blindness that has afflicted him since birth.

Harbisson is unable to see colour at all and so decided to implant a permanently attached antenna into his skull in 2004. The “Eyeborg,” as it is known, allows him to experience colours by translating them into sounds. An Internet connection also allows Harbisson to receive phone calls directly into his skull and his activism has seen the British government recognise his as the world’s first cyborg.

Deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation involves the insertion of electrodes into three target sites within the brain and has proven hugely effective at tackling Parkinson’s disease.

The electrodes are connected to a neurostimulator placed under the skin in the chest or stomach area, which delivers high-frequency stimulation to specific areas of the brain. This changes some of the brain’s electrical signals associated with Parkinson’s and is often used in partnership with medication.

The procedure is working so well that it could remain the primary surgical treatment for the condition for the next two to three decades.

Security chips

A number of companies around the world are now offering employees the opportunity of having computer chips implanted into their hands to help them in their place of work.

The radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip is inserted under the skin, following only a brief moment of pain, and can be put to various uses. Most often, the chip is used to unlock doors, providing a more secure solution than employee ID cards.

Others have placed an electronic business card on the chip, which can be accessed via a smartphone, or use the implant to access their car or computer.

A Swedish company called Dangerous Things even allows you to buy a DIY chip implanting kit that means you can use the technology in whatever way you want.

The Circadia 1.0

Sticking with the DIY theme, biohacker Tim Cannon has developed a Fitbit style device that is implanted under the skin.

The Circadia 1.0 is not the most elegant implant, clearly protruding from underneath Cannon’s skin, but it does offer some personal utility. The device can be connected to appliances in his home and is programmable via tablet. In fact, by monitoring various health metrics, the Circadia 1.0 can automatically provide Cannon with a helping hand.

“So if, for example, I’ve had a stressful day, the Circadia will communicate that to my house and will prepare a nice relaxing atmosphere for when I get home: Dim the lights, let in a hot bath,” he explained.

While consumers may not quite be ready for Cannon’s rough and ready approach to technological implants (he inserted the Circadia 1.0 without any anaesthetic), with some refinement similar body modification could become widespread in the not too distant future.  - ITProPortal.