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Earth Watch Report

Incoming! Tunguska-class bolide to miss Earth by just 22,500km on 15 February 2013

Lucie Bradley
Cosmos Online

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Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass by Earth at a distance of 22,500km on 15 February 2013. How long before one of these things hits?

An asteroid the size of a city block is due to come whizzing past Earth closer than any other of its size in recorded history in February next year, according to astronomers.

The asteroid, referred to as 2012 DA14, has a diameter of approximately 45m and an estimated mass of 130,000 tonnes. It was discovered at the start of 2012 and is set to travel between the Earth and our geostationary communication satellites on 15 February 2013. At a distance of just 22,500km this will be the closest asteroid ‘fly by’ in recorded history.

Asteroid and comet researchers will be gathering at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, U.S., to watch the event, but experts say there is no chance of a collision – this time.

“I think perhaps the most important thing about this asteroid is that it reminds us that the threat from such objects is very real,” said Jonti Horner, an independent astronomer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

The destructive force of an atomic bomb

It is important to monitor all asteroids that pass close by in case any are on a collision course with Earth. NASA has identified 4,700 asteroids that are potential threats to us, some of which are up to two or three kilometres in diameter.

Any asteroid likely to collide with Earth must have its composition and structure analysed so that it can be deflected, according to a statement from UCF.

A collision with even a small asteroid could be disastrous, with an impact from 2012 DA14 estimated to equal the destructive force of an atomic bomb. “The world’s most famous impact crater – the Barringer Crater in Arizona, U.S. – which is about 1,200m in diameter and 170m deep, was formed when an object thought to have been just 50m in diameter hit the Earth,” said Horner.

“An incredibly near miss”

“While it’s not unusual for asteroids to come close to the Earth, there are a couple of reasons the approach of this one is particularly exciting for astronomers,” said Horner.

“Having a 45m space rock pass under 30,000km from the Earth is an incredibly near miss in astronomical terms, which should mean we can learn a great deal about it as it tears past the Earth,” he said.

Asteroids offer valuable insight into the formation of our Solar System, according to Humberto Campins who is an asteroid and comet expert at UCF and led the first team to discover ice on an asteroid in 2010.

The asteroid will not pass through our atmosphere and so is unlikely to break up. However, “forces from Earth could change its shape if it is a rubble pile and not a single rock. At this time we do not know which of those two it is,” added Campins.

Any change in the composition or shape of the asteroid has the capability to alter its path, which could see it come even closer to Earth in the future.

The asteroid will be too faint to see with the naked eye, although it will be visible through binoculars or a telescope. Additionally, live feeds from telescopes in Spain will offer the public the chance to witness the event.

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Blowing the roof off global corporate oligarchy

Tony Cartalucci
theintelhub.com

© Mr. Fish

Sun Tzu, author of the ancient and enduring strategy treatise, The Art of War, once said:

Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downward.

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.

Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.

Wind, similarly, finds its way into the weakest points of a roof, and no matter how strong, should it find these points, is capable of taking the entire roof off with a good gust.

Imagine increasing global awareness of the disparity and injustice purveyed by global corporate oligarchy as a storm, and imagine the roof of this oligarchy’s house covered in workers trying to tack down these weakest points. Where are they?

Where do they fear the wind blowing hardest?

1. Organic Food: The American Revolution began not to fight for independence from England, but to preserve socioeconomic and political independence already achieved by the colonies, an independence the British attempted to reassert themselves over with new regulations and taxes.

For all intents and purposes, the American colonies had developed “full set economies” and were no longer dependent on distant imperial administrators.

In a similar manner, today, technology is enabling local communities the ability to become independent from the corporate monopolized production of food, and as more people join the organic food movement, the more mature and independent local networks become.

To reassert its control over these increasingly independent local markets, just like the Imperial British, the corporate oligarchy is attempting to impose rules, regulations, and taxes to stifle this movement.

An indication of just how insecure the oligarchy is about the organic food movement, is the inordinate amount of time, money, and effort it puts into trying to discredit and dissuade the population from participating in it.

Conflict of interest? Strange that Stanford University is partnered with agricultural giant Cargill and just so happens to come out with a study that suggests organic food is no better than its big-agri competition. According to Stanford University, Cargill has donated at least 5 million dollars for the creation of a Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE). Cargill’s website has a page describing its partnership with Stanford which can be found here. Cargill and many others also are listed as donors by Stanford University in their 2011 Annual Report (page 38, .pdf).

Mega-corporate global genetically modifying poisoner of food, Cargill, was recently exposed as being behind a so-called “Stanford study” purporting the negligence of benefits offered by organic foods.

The Standford study was touted by the corporate-media in a concerted campaign to double up the “roof” as the winds of change continue to blow.

The discredited Stanford study was followed up by a more recent paper put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), covered in MSNBC’s article “Organic food no better than conventional for kids, pediatricians say.”

The same flawed, unconvincing argument made by Cargill-funded Stanford researchers was repeated verbatim by AAP, this time, the lie specifically targeting children.

Ironically enough, a search for the AAP article revealed another interesting headline from MSNBC titled, “Pesticides in food linked to ADHD in kids.”

So despite the attempted hype, it seems organic food, grown locally and free of pesticides and the toxic affects of genetic manipulation (GMO), contains obvious benefits many more honest scientists are recognizing in greater numbers than Cargill, Monsanto, and the fraudulent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can counteract with paid-for “studies” and PR campaigns.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a paragon of all that is wrong in the world today, wants you to eat your GMO, somewhat even more disturbing than finding simply Monsanto or Cargill driving pro-GMO propaganda. Neo-eugencists like Jon Entine have a platform to peddle their ideology and support for corporate-monopolized biotechnology because of the backing of influential think-tanks like AEI.

More disturbing than perhaps manipulated studies put out by Cargill & Co. through increasingly discredited institutionalized “academia,” are modern day eugenicist outfits like the “Genetic Literacy Project” (GLP) run by corporate-financier American Enterprise Institute (AEI) think-tank “fellow,” Jon Entine.

Entine is a proponent of racial superiority, and uses his background in genetics, as the Anglo-Americans and Nazis similarly used “science,” to prove their 20th century eugenicist theories.

While racist crackpots like Entine are a dime a dozen, what sets him apart is the substantial funding and backing he receives from the Fortune 500 corporate oligarchy through his AEI ties.

His GLP site, in addition to repacking Anglo-American-Nazi eugenics, selling “race determines intelligence,” Entine is busy bolstering the corporate-monopolized biotechnology industry in articles like, “Malpractice on Dr. Oz: Pop health expert hosts anti-GM food rant; Scientists push back.”

Of course by “scientists,” Entine means Monsanto, Cargill, Bayer, “scientists,” who are on par with the intellectual dishonesty of Stanford researchers who published their findings regarding organic food without transparently disclosing their ties to Cargill.

GLP represents a team of workers out in the stormy winds of change, desperately trying to tack down the weakest points in the roof of global corporate oligarchy.

Just like the American colonies developing their economy beyond dependence on Imperial Britain, global populations are recognizing the benefits and necessity of developing independently of monopolizing big-agriculture.

To blow the roof off, start with something as simple as visiting and supporting your local farmers’ market, planting even just your own fresh herbs on a window sill, boycotting Fortune 500 junk food, and spreading a general awareness of the obvious connection between natural food and human health.

2. File Sharing: Downloading songs, movies, and books for free is deemed “illegal.” Then again, so was circumventing the British tea tax.

A tyranny that thinks it can hide behind the color of law will simply make living free, and the human progress that engenders independence and self-sufficiency an illegal, criminal act.

Dumping tea into the harbor was a revolutionary act, signaling to the Imperial British that the self-serving bindings of their “law” were similarly being dumped with it.

The intellectual property racket does to global human information, what GMO proponents do to the global food supply, poison it, dominate it, monopolize, and monetize it, stifiling our collective well being and progress. Boycott and seek to replace the memberships of all these organizations with local, open source, alternatives.

In reality, if you have bought a CD and then decide to give it to a friend, or sell it second hand, it is well within your right to do so.

You have not committed a crime in the realm of common sense, and for now, even in legal terms you have done nothing wrong.

Technology simply allows you to give that CD away to millions of people – through file sharing. No physical property is being stolen from the corporations that have sold you that CD, therefore it is not, and never will be theft.

File sharing, and computers in general have given rise to the term “disruptive technology,” or technology that disrupts established paradigms.

The concept of disruptive technology is not new though. The horseless carriage was a disruptive technology that put traditional carriage makers out of business.

Cheaper means of printing have threatened publishers and authors who remain stuck in traditional and very antiquated business models.

Imagine the leaps and bounds human progress would never have made if obsolete business models were able to impose their will on humanity through the color of law, and prevent competition from infringing upon their self-proclaimed rights, conveniently contrived and manipulated to meet and defeat any and all new innovations.

File sharing is not stealing. It never was and never will be. No matter how many laws the antiquated media monopolies pass, no matter how many official-sounding agencies and guilds they construct, there is nothing wrong, no theft occurring when people share.

The Founding Fathers dumped tea into the harbor. Modern day revolutionaries share files.

If the risk of file sharing seems too great, there are other things you can do that are just as helpful. This includes simply innovating and supporting new ways of creating, sharing, and profiting from all forms of media, competing with, and ultimately replacing traditional corporate media business models.

Already, with the Internet, small independent movies, music, and art of all kinds have flourished and have proven there is creativity and profit beyond the boundaries of legally protected “intellectual property.”

Open source is a concept that is gaining momentum and disrupting legal paradigms just as technology is disrupting economic paradigms.

By supporting open source alternative media, in the realm of software, music, movies, and now even hardware, you are doing the next best thing to file sharing – a modern equivalent of flaunting the laws of a tired imperial captor.

3. Alternative Media: A death of a thousand cuts. That is what the corporate media is suffering.

For every viewer disgusted with biased, dishonest, clearly corporate-financier motivated propaganda that decides to turn off the TV and begin a blog, website, radio show, or local movement, a tiny, but permanent cut is made.

A single blog may seem insignificant – especially if it only reposts news an individual finds more honest and congruent with reality than what is seen on network TV. But collectively, this has had a huge impact.

10 years ago lies that would go unquestioned have now sparked immediate and widespread backlash.

The example above, regarding the Cargill-funded Stanford study, received immediate skepticism, scrutiny and eventually condemnation.

The cover of Cass Sunstein’s “Conspiracy Theories” paper, which details strategies for overcoming opposing views that contradict establishment talking points. Amongst these strategies includes hiring people to actively infiltrate segments of society that hold alternative views and introduce “informational diversity” to lure them back into mainstream paradigms. Classic examples of cognitive infiltration can be seen behind the “left” Kony 2012 scam, and “right” Glenn Beck, andWorldNetDaily projects.

Just like with organic food and disruptive technology, measures have been formulated to deal with a burgeoning alternative media.

Cass Sunstein’s “Conspiracy Theories” paper describes potential means of infiltrating and co-opting paradigms that have drifted away from the mainstream. And while with cognitive infiltrators and faux-alternative outfits created by the corporate oligarchy to manage this backlash do occasionally make inroads – they usually don’t for long.

The real alternative media eventually finds them, exposes them, and neutralizes their toxic effects.

Making a blog is free, maintaining it with weekly updates can be done easily in the amount of time most people waste watching CNN, Fox News, or BBC.

The amount of money people waste on newspapers and magazines emanating from the corporate oligarchy’s propaganda machine could just as easily be directed toward donation buttons and online stores found on your favorite alternative media site.

It is a small step we can each individually make, that collectively allows us to make great strides forward in reasserting the will of the people over the minuscule membership and self-serving destructive interests of global corporate-financier oligarchy.

Tony Cartalucci’s articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report.

Crossroads News : Changes In The World Around Us And Our Place In It

Flights canceled at Japanese airport after unexploded WWII shell discovered

Junko Ogura
CNN

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A huge unexploded World War II bomb has been found buried near the runway of Sendai airport in Japan

Dozens of flights were canceled in and out of a northeastern Japanese city on Tuesday after construction workers came across an unexploded shell believed to be from World War II buried near a taxiway.

Airport authorities in Sendai said they had canceled all 92 flights, national and international, scheduled to use the airport Tuesday after the discovery of the shell late Monday under an unpaved area beside the taxiway.

Members of the Japanese Self Defense Force are working to remove the ordinance, which is thought to be a U.S.-made bomb dropped during World War II, the airport said, adding that officials hope flights will be able to resume Wednesday.

The device still has a fuse, which raises the risk that it could explode, and is approximately 110 centimeters (43 inches) long and 35 centimeters wide, authorities said.

Sendai is still recovering and rebuilding after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people and caused widespread destruction across northeastern Japan in March 2011.

The city is the largest in the region of Tohoku, which bore the brunt of the natural disasters. The damage to its airport was widely documented in images that emerged in the aftermath of the quake and tsunami.

Politics

Frankenstorm Sandy prompts monstrous media hysteria

Hurricane Sandy, Rhode Island

Some waves, yesterday. Amid the hype, the endlessly recycled images on 24-hour news channels left the viewer unsure of how serious the crisis really was. Photograph: Ian Maclellan/Demotix/Corbis

After watching media mass hysteria over hurricane Sandy on CNN for a chunk of the evening I went to bed on Monday night uncertain whether New York would still be with us by breakfast time. Yo, Big Apple, glad to wake up and find you very wet but still more or less in one piece.

I’m not sure about CNN’s reputation being intact in our house though. I don’t often watch the channel much these days, but even with Christiane Amanpour – she’s a veteran war correspondent and grownup – in charge of coverage of “the monster storm from hell”, the output was completely over the top. It’s the sort of occasion when the only experts being consulted sounded like the OTT variety. And, no, little or no climatic context was provided.

By comparison, BBC1’s Six O’Clock News, which only devoted its first five minutes or so to something that hadn’t actually happened to the US eastern seaboard yet – and didn’t live up to its billing when it did, peaking a few hours later – was a model of reticence. As ever Radio 4 is both calmer and more informative. All those misleading pictures often get in the way.

I won’t be back on CNN in a hurry, which is worrying – and not just for CNN either because intense competition between rival media in search of readers and viewers leads to hype and hysteria which must put off many customers. Even those in search of lurid sensation go off in search of even dafter novelty when they tire of waiting to see if CNN’s intrepid reporter in storm-torn Atlantic City – his name was Ali – would be picked up by the wind and blown into the sea (or the “literal Niagara Falls” as one eyewitness called the ocean).

In fairness I should concede that this has been a very big storm and a pretty serious event: 13 deaths, flooding in lower Manhattan, loss of power, evacuation of hospitals and low-lying areas (200,000 New Yorkers live less than four feet above sea level), the closure (every cloud has a silver lining?) of Wall Street.

Some 60 million people have been affected in the US alone, solemnly warned by CNN that if they lost their electricity supply, food and medicine in the fridge might perish! I tell you, it’s hell out there in the freezer section.

It’s also right that the authorities should persuade those seriously at risk to take that risk seriously, not least because officialdom knows it will be blamed anyway. Be sensible, stay indoors. People who normally lead safe lives are often not good at risk assessment – they worry about the wrong thing.

As Jonathan Watts reports on the Guardian’s storm live blog, 69 people died when Sandy devastated the Caribbean, and Haiti was badly hit as usual. Alas, there are few global media corporations or foreign correspondents in Port-au-Prince, less medicine in the fridge too, so it made less of an impact. But Sandy has already been around for 10 days.

We all understand how these things work. Extreme weather makes for great TV pictures. There’s even a dedicated weather channel out there somewhere, where you can watch hurricanes or snow storms all day if you like. The same pictures of storm-lashed harbours (or if it were riots then burning buildings) come round time after time. Only the dramatic pics are shown. One ends up unsure how serious a crisis has really been.

Not everyone sounded as if the end of the world was at hand. Bloomberg News seemed calmer. Mayor Mike Bloomberg (they are related) of New York was a model of calm, as Rudolph Giuliani was in New York’s real trauma, the 9/11 attacks – a benchmark event that should have helped provide the city with perspective.

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama both cancelled campaign events. The president returned to the White House and said all the right things. But he looked tired and sounded disengaged. Obama doesn’t do empathy well. He was almost as hopeless as his Republican challenger safely above high tide in the mid-west.

Since Romney wants to abolish the Federal Emergency Management Agency and leave things to individual states, there may be some advantage for Obama here. He still believes federal government can make a difference. One word – Katrina – the hurricane that devastated New Orleans in 2005 when warnings were ignored at local, state and federal level, suggests they need better government to take strategic precautions.

Talking of which, the one phrase I didn’t once hear on CNN last night – or on the BBC – was “climate change”. In other words, context, the big picture. Climate, not mere weather. Was the scale of hurricane Sandy the product of a warming planet? Some experts say it’s a contributory factor.

I don’t know the answer. That’s way beyond my pay scale. What the telly boffins were saying was that its 1,000-mile size was the result of three specific weather events colliding: a traditional Caribbean hurricane, cold air coming down from the north and a high pressure system whose contribution the A-level geographer in me didn’t quite understand.

Consulting Google College (“we never close”) this morning, I quickly found this sensibly tentative analysis, which highlights warmer seas and melting icecaps. Both point to more flooding of port cities located by the sea, as port cities tend to be.

There was one passing reference to a thinner icecap at the north pole which I caught on CNN last night. Perhaps the channel carried more when the excitement of the moment had passed. I hope so, not least because New York – the second most exposed US port after New Orleans – has apparently been talking about anti-surge barriers for years, but not acted.

London of course has had its Thames Barrier, second in size only to the Dutch big boy, since 1984. It was closed four times in the 1980s, 35 times in the 90s, and 75 times in the first decade of our century. Those wimpy Europeans do get some things right.

So Americans should ponder, though I’m not sure if enough of them will do. I heard a US expert this morning – on the radio of course – saying that the eastern seaboard had experienced a series of extreme weather events these past 15 months. Hurricane Irene last year, a savage October snowfall – “these are things we have not seen before in recorded history”.

Quite so. Now I must try to find out what happened to CNN’s on-the-spot reporter in Atlantic City. When I last saw Ali he was no longer staggering around a windswept street as if he expected to be whisked into the air. I’ve reported a US hurricane from a deserted Corpus Christi in Texas. My hurricane was also a media anticlimax – but they’re scary.

The city looked calmer and Ali’s authority was undermined by three kids dancing in the street behind him. It all looked a bit showbiz, and safely at home behind the Thames Barrier we unkindly wondered whether CNN’s commercial sponsors would have asked for their money back if Ali had been swept away during an ad break.

Crossroads News : Changes In The World Around Us And Our Place In It

Vital Coffee Services Returning Slowly to Lower East Side

Gawker.com

LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK CITY – If there is a “big lesson” to be learned about society in the aftermath of Sandy it is that, when the Apocalypse comes, the last human walking our blasted planet with a cup of coffee will be asked by every other survivor they encounter: “Where’d you get the coffee?”

So it was when visual artist Danielle Baskin, proprietor of Belle Helmets, ventured out of her Lower East Side apartment on Tuesday and managed to find one of the few places in her blacked-out and soaked neighborhood that was still brewing hot coffee.

“I was walking around with my coffee and people kept stopping me and asking where I got it,” she said. That’s when Baskin, who has worked as a barista, got the idea to set up the sidewalk coffee stand. Baskin heats the coffee on a gas stove in her apartment and lugs it down to the corner in jars covered in tin foil. For now, the cart is right outside the closed Starbucks on 1st Ave. and East 3rd Street, and was the first place I came across serving coffee after biking over the Manhattan Bridge. Within the ten minutes we were talking, Basking ran out of coffee after having served about 60 people in an hour. The last woman she turned away looked like she might begin to weep.

An expansion could be in the works: A man who goes by the name Chaos, an LES fixture, was at that moment attempting to scavenge a full-sized shopping cart and a light so the cart could better operate in the evening. “We’re going to make this a real business,” Chaos had told Baskn .

The coffee was good but lukewarm.

Disaster Management

Wind-Driven Flames Reduce Scores of Homes to Embers in Queens Enclave

Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

On Tuesday, the blocks of tightly packed bungalows and two-story houses that had characterized Breezy Point, Queens, were gone, replaced by smoke and ashes. More Photos »

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Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

Cars sat amid the burned rubble after the Breezy Point fire. At least 111 homes were destroyed and 20 more damaged, officials said, though no serious injuries were reported. More Photos »

By the morning, the fire in Breezy Point, Queens, stood as one of the worst in New York City’s history: whole acres of residential housing scorched as if leveled by a forest fire. At least 111 homes were destroyed and 20 more damaged, officials said, though no serious injuries were reported.

The Northeast was prepared for roiling floods, historic storm surges and locomotive winds, but few predicted that some of the worst destruction would come not from water but from fire. Flames tore through working-class enclaves in Queens and rows of mansions in Old Greenwich, Conn., and erupted in two dozen locations in the boroughs alone. Throughout the region, the storm was illuminated by showers of green and red sparks from burned-out transformers and skipping power lines.

“We expected a flood and we got a fire,” said Bill Valentine, a member of the Rockaway Point Fire Department.

If curtains of fire accompanied by rolling waves and pounding rain were not unlikely enough, there was this: the still-smoldering neighborhood of Breezy Point was home to scores of firefighters and police officers, many of whom had evacuated the area and were busy protecting people and property elsewhere in the city.

On Tuesday, the streets of tightly packed bungalows and two-story houses were gone, reduced to smoking ash by the flames. After the fire and the storm, longtime residents wandered about as if in a daze, holding maps of their once-familiar streets as they tried to determine whose house used to be where. With chimneys their only guides, they struggled to make sense of the jumble of charred timbers, ruined beach chairs and broken mailboxes.

“That was Fulton Walk, that was Ocean Avenue,” said a firefighter standing amid the wreckage. “They’re all gone.”

So, too, was a seafood restaurant in the Bronx; whole blocks in Belle Harbor, Queens; the home of Representative Bob Turner, a Queens congressman who lived in Breezy Point, and the home of Michael R. Long, chairman of the state Conservative Party.

A fire chief said that as he crossed the bridge driving to the Rockaways, he saw twin conflagrations lighting up the night sky, one in Breezy Point, another in Belle Harbor. “In my career I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve got 34 years on the job,” said Deputy Assistant Chief Jack Mooney, who arrived at Breezy Point at 3:30 a.m. as the blaze was still going strong. “Foundation after foundation after foundation — chimneys are all that’s standing.”

With more than 130 structures damaged or destroyed, the Breezy Point fire was among the worst residential fires in New York since the Fire Department was established in 1865, according to  Kenneth T. Jackson, a Columbia University historian and editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City, not in terms of dollars or deaths but in the sheer breadth of the devastation.

When it began Monday evening, local fire engines were responding to other fires, or helping to rescue stranded residents. By the time help arrived, the flooded streets had formed a chest-high moat around the flames, preventing trucks from even getting close. The heavy winds made things worse, creating a blowtorch effect that spread the fire widely.

Some firefighters, local volunteers working alongside city professionals, tried to approach the blaze from other angles to get the wind at their back; others used swift water boats, which struggled against the winds; others trudged through the floodwaters, equipment in tow.

“We couldn’t get them close to the fire,” said Michael Healey, a deputy chief with the Rockaway Point Fire Department. “We had to stretch hoses from two blocks away and draft the seawater, to spray onto the flames.”

Though only minor injuries were reported, officials cautioned that it would be days before the full damage was known. On City Island in the Bronx, a blaze gutted Tony’s Pier Restaurant, a popular seafood spot known for its fried shrimp and its steamers. No one was injured, but the three-alarm fire took 145 firefighters nearly four hours to bring under control, in large part because of downed trees and hurricane-force winds.

In Old Greenwich, where the Long Island Sound flooded the streets, heavy winds knocked firefighters to the ground as they battled without success to save three mansions that eventually burned.

The firefighters found themselves trapped — “There was nowhere for them to go because of the tide coming in and the waves coming in around them,” said Robert Kick, assistant chief of the Greenwich Fire Department. “There was an hour where we didn’t know if we were going to be able to get them out.”

Global Disaster Watch

A Grisly Question: Did NYC’s Subway-Dwelling ‘Mole People’ Get Out Alive?

In 1993, Jennifer Toth horrified the world with her book The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City. The work detailed the lives of the homeless citizens who’d established communities in the subway and railroad tunnels beneath the streets of New York. Though criticism of the validity of some of Toth’s claims ran rampant following her book’s release, over the years various other sources have indeed found many people—one documentary estimated as many as 6,000—living illegally and dangerously in the subway tunnels.

New York City has been trying to get rid of the mole people for decades now, but video footage shot by documentarian Andrew Wonder in 2010 and released last year confirms that there are still homeless living in the city’s subway tunnels. Some of them have been down there for as long as 10 years. This in mind, it makes sense to ask two gruesome but necessary questions in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: Did all of the so-called mole people escape? And if not, how long will it take for MTA workers to find their bodies?

Owing to the fact that there were some recorded instances of homeless people refusing to take cover in the lead-up to this week’s storm, it’s likely the answer to the first question is: No, not all of the mole people did get out of the tunnels (might some of them not even have known a storm was coming?). As for the second question, seeing the MTA’s weak defenses against subway flooding, and all the damage that wrought, we have to assume that if anyone was down there and drowned, they won’t be discovered for weeks. Hurricane Sandy: The hell that keeps on giving.

—Cord

Originally posted on Political Vel Craft:

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Thursday Oct 25, 2012

Geoengineering Chaos For America!

The chemtrails have been abundant on the western and northern reaches of Sandy during these past few days, and the chemtrails have been thick associated with this storm coming in from the Pacific. These two events are being engineered into ONE MONSTER. This storm is intentional!

This is a storm to run from!

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Originally posted on Insomniacs II:

Today you’ll hear the annual chorus of “we will never forget.” But we have forgotten. We have forgotten the uproar against the Patriot Act, which was passed in the middle of the night. We have forgotten that Guantanamo Bay was once treated as an aberration, which Obama promised to close. And we have forgotten what freedoms have been sacrificed in the name of an ever-growing threat.

As an illustration of that, consider these 7 examples of the types of people the government and corporations now routinely label as “terrorists.”

1. Undercover investigators. Corporations have lobbied for “Ag Gag” bills to criminalize undercover investigations of animal abuse. And U.S. Congressmen compare investigators to arsonists and terrorists.

2. Tim DeChristopher. As an undergraduate student, DeChristopher disrupted an illegal oil and gas lease auction by placing bids (when he knew he didn’t have the money). For his act of…

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