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Japanese Mountain Climbers Flee When Mountain Erupts

When you’re hiking in the mountains, particularly above tree line, and an electrical storm moves in, the first thing you should do is get the hell Off.  The.  Mountain.  That’s happened to me many times.  It’s scary.  But that’s been put into a bit of a different perspective by this:

Japan Volcano Mt Ontake Erupts, Injuring Climbers and Forcing Evacuations

At least one person has been seriously injured following an eruption at Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano.

Several others, including mountain climbers caught out by the sudden and unexpected eruption on Saturday, have also been reported injured according to Japanese media reports.

A number of people have been evacuated from a mountain lodge near to the volcano while hundreds remain stranded. Aircraft have had their routes diverted.

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And this:

(Via.)

Wow!

September 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM Leave a comment

Food That Will Kill Us: Obama’s USDA, in the Hands of the Corporatocracy, is Making Our Food Inedible and Our Planet Unlivable

Image via Wikipedia.org

(Image via Wikipedia.org)

Ah yes, Obama’s USDA:

Despite the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans and more than 50 members of Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted final approval to a new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crops on Wednesday [September 17, 2014].

According to the agency’s own findings, the move could result in up to a sevenfold increase in the use of an older, more toxic herbicide known as 2,4-D, a compound used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The new GE crops, also known as GMOs, approved include Dow’s Enlist Duo corn and soy. These crops were developing to survived sprayings of both glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, and 2,4-D.

As an aside, to those who say Obama’s a great guy but his hands are tied because of the Republican-controlled House and the Republican do-nothings in the Senate, what say you about this?  This is his USDA.

“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of GMO mono-crops, is a failure,” says Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. “Farmers have been sold the lie that they can increase yields and prevent crop failure from weeds by buying Monsanto’s and Dow’s GMO seeds and dousing them in toxic poisons, also manufactured and sold by Monsanto and Dow. But just as scientists predicted, these ‘miracle’ crops are evolving to resist the poisons thrown on them, causing the USDA and the EPA to approve increasingly toxic poisons to fight increasingly resistant weeds. Where does the escalation end?”

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September 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM 1 comment

The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

First Snow

I woke up late this morning so I had to scramble to get to the food bank on time and I didn’t think to take a photo of the quarter inch of snow on the grass in the backyard.  When I got home though there was still some on the table where the grill is:

First Snow 2014

First Snow Boulder, Colorado 9-12-14

Our first snow, on September 12!  Yikes.  I read somewhere yesterday that if it did snow last night it would be our third earliest ever here in Boulder.  So, here we go. (I’m ready.)

September 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM Leave a comment

Oil Company Asks the Texas Supreme Court To Tape Our Mouths Shut

Wiimedia.org

(Image via Wikimedia.org)

Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.

Now that corporations are “people,” they’re asking for rights beyond that.  They want to take away We the People’s right to say things about them they don’t like:  In a nutshell:  Texan Steve Lipsky, who says the oil and gas fracking industry caused the water coming out of his well to be so contaminated he can light it on fire, is fighting an oil and gas industry effort to shut him up because they claim what he’s saying about them hurts their poor selves so much he should be silenced:

Free Speech Case Springs

From Fracking Dispute

The case has reached the Texas Supreme Court.
Imagine if this goes to the U.S.Supreme Court and it rules that corporation are not only people, but they have more rights that we real people do.  That they have the right to stifle speech when we complain about what corporations are doing to us.Something to think about NOW, before it’s too late.

 

September 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM Leave a comment

Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano Erupting as Seen From Space

Wow.  Via NASA:

Bardarbunga erupting via NASA

(Image EarthObservatory.NASA.gov)

As an island in the moist, atmospherically turbulent North Atlantic, Iceland is often shrouded in cloud cover and hard to observe from space. And lately, the island is making some of its own cloud cover, as the Earth has split open between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes and spewed lava and hot gas. The view of the Holuhraun lava field has been spectacular from the ground and from low-flying aircraft. Infrared imaging makes the view spectacular from space, too.

On September 6, 2014, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this view of the ongoing eruption. The false-color images combine shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light (OLI bands 6-5-3). Ice and the plume of steam and sulfur dioxide appear cyan and bright blue, while liquid water is navy blue. Bare or rocky ground around the Holuhraun lava field appears in shades of green or brown in this band combination. Fresh lava is bright orange and red.

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September 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

Video: Two Guys Rappelle Into Ledge of an Angry Volcano

Wow. It would be indescribably intense to do this, but interesting too. The lava is beautiful.  Mesmerizing.

Sam Cossman and George Kourounis guided by volcanic pioneers Geoff Mackely and Brad Ambrose become among the first explorers to step foot inside the worlds most dangerous and inaccessible volcano, Marum Crater. More people have visited the moon than the firey bottom of this spectacular and deadly place.

 

September 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM 2 comments

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