Friday, August 10, 2012

Louisiana Worried About Radiation From Sinkhole

A sinkhole fifty miles south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been declared an emergency situation by Governor Bobby Jindal. Appearing on August 3, the sinkhole is four hundred feet deep, and been the cause of mandatory evacuations for one hundred and fifty homes in Assumption Parish.

Highway 70, which lies nearby, has been closed as a thirty-six inch natural gas pipeline, which lies under the road, has begun bending due to the ground shift. Authorities say they fear an explosion if it breaks completely. Unclear is why the pipeline has not been shut down, due to the danger.

Mandatory evacuations have been in place, for several days now, but still some people have remained. The state says they are prepared to make it a forced evacuation, if danger seems imminent.

Authorities are saying the evacuation was placed because they are worried about possible explosions or radiation, coming from the sinkhole. No further explanation has been given as to why they are worried about radiation.

The sinkhole is believe to have been caused by a nearby salt mining cavern, which was plugged in 2011. Owners, Texas Brine Company, have been ordered by Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources to drill a will to investigate the cavern, take core samples, and provide daily readings for radiation.

Governor Jindal's emergency declaration, makes it possible for national resources to become involved. The Office of Homeland Security has decided to assist in the situation.

Remembering: The Smithsonian

In 1829 James Smithson, a long time deeply respected member of the Royal Society of London, died in Italy.

He had overturned popular scientific opinion, in 1802, by proving that zinc carbonates were true carbonate minerals, eventually one type of zinc carbonate was later named smithsonite in his honor.

When he died he had put a most unusual clause into his will, he requested that if his only nephew died without heirs that his entire estate would go to "the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge."

The abnormal request gathered notice on both sides of the Atlantic, especially as Smithson had never been to the States.

His nephew died, without children, in 1835 and the on July 1, 1836 the US Congress authorized the acceptance of Smithson's gift.

Most of the next decade was spent deciding how to best honor Smithson's wishes, but eventually Congress agreed.

On August 10, 1846 President Polk signed into law the act which established the Smithsonian Institution.

Today the Smithsonian consists of many museums, galleries, research centers, and a zoo; throughout the US and the world.

Japan Recalls Ambassador to South Korea

Japan has recalled their ambassador to South Korea in response to what they call an "utterly unacceptable" act by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak.

On Friday, President Lee became the first South Korean president to visit an island chain that is disputed by the two countries.

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said that Japan is, "given no choice but to take suitable measures against it".

South Korean officials state that the visit was not meant to cause issues between the countries.

However, it was only last week that Japan reiterated their claims to the islands, which have been occupied by South Korea since the end of World War II.

Ambassador Mutoh's absence is expected to be a short, most symbolic one, but it does show a strain between the two countries which are normally quite close, in working together.

Rhode Island Man Arrested For Samurai Attack

A man in Rhode Island has been arrested by police for attacking another, charging him with a felony assault.

Michael Gomes was in a fight with David Teague when he attacked with not just any weapon, but a katana sword.

Katanas are famous for being the sword symbol of the old Japanese warrior class of Samurais.

Gomes' swing of the sword cut into Teague's left arm severing tendons, muscle, and nerves.

Teague is now fine, but will have to undergo surgery to repair the damage.

Three other people, who have not been identified, were also arrested over the incident.

Mohammed el-Megarif Elected Interim President of Libya

With a vote of 113-85 Mohammed el-Megarif was elected interim President of Libya.

He beat out Ali Zidan, a human rights leader, who had also been fighting the old regime from exile since the 80s.

Voting was carried out by the two hundred member General National Congress.

El-Megarif, who had been living in exile since the 80s, was the leader of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, the oldest armed opposition group.

The group was one of Gadhafi's most hated enemies, especially after they organized the first Libyan opposition conference in London in 2005.

They were known for being the first to call out for Gadhafi to be removed from power, rather than worked with.

The National Front has now become one of the leading political parties, most notably for seeing Islam as a guideline for state affairs, without calling for Sharia law.

Rock Raft Off New Zealand

New Zealand naval forces discovered a large floating mass about a thousand miles off the coast.

When they investigated they found it to be a vast "raft" of pumice that had been released by an underwater volcano.

The rocks are piled up, in places more than two feet, just floating along the water.

Their bright white color almost makes them appear to be an ice shelf.

Mt. Monowai, an underwater volcano north of New Zealand, is thought to be the source of the rocks.

They were formed when lava reached the salty seawater, and have a lesser density than the water, which allows them to float.

The buoyant rocks have already managed to spread out to cover a ten thousand square mile area of the Pacific Ocean.

Shipping is being made aware of the "raft" and attempts are being made to avoid it, as a precaution.

Virginia's Voter Rolls Carry 10,000 Dead

A search of Virginia's voter rolls by the State Board of Elections found ten thousand dead people on the lists.

The National Technical Information Services master death file was compared with the current list of registered voters in Virginia.

Some of the names, had been dead for over eighty years.

Those ten thousand, were found in just fifteen million registered voters.

There are more than sixty million voters registered in Virginia.

In other words, with about only a quarter of the names searched, one in every fifteen hundred voters is dead.

If that percentage carries through the rest of the names, it'll mean that Virginia alone has forty thousand dead voters.

So far, no voter fraud has been found, but those concerned over such have gained a new tool in their arsenal, with this find.

Alter Holds Romney Responsible For Future Deaths

Jonathan Alter was on MSNBC Thursday night when he attacked Mitt Romney, whilst defending Obamacare.

During his time on air, Alter said, "What we are saying is that if he's elected president, a lot of people will die. That is not an exaggeration. That is not crying fire. It's a simple fact."

Alter further claimed that anyone in the United States, who died if Obamacare is repealed, would be the responsibility of Romney.

Yes, poor Romney, would be responsible for the death's of every individual American who dies during his presidency, unless he backs Obamacare.

Nothing like fear mongering, is there Mr. Alter?

It's not like deaths wouldn't happen if Obamacare is fully implemented. Or is that in the parts no one read? That if we accept the yoke of Obamacare, they'll release the answer to curing all diseases?

Maybe Alter has some information I do not.

We should note that the intense decrease in ER response time and availability will cost lives. That doctor's deciding for us whether they should fight to save a life or not, will cost lives. That the planned forced abortions, of unborn that might have mental or physical issues, upon the decision of a medical committee, will cost lives.

Will we then hold Obama, and Mr. Alter, responsible?