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 on: May 30, 2016, 07:18:15 am 
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http://www.infowars.com/dozens-shot-over-memorial-day-weekend-as-the-collapse-of-chicago-accelerates/
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Chaos and violence threaten to spiral out of control in America’s third largest city, and nobody seems to have any idea how to solve the problem.

After decades of control by the radical left, many parts of the “Windy City” have become rotting, decaying, gang-infested hellholes.  Just like Detroit, the city of Chicago is rapidly becoming a joke to the rest of the world, but a horribly corrupt political culture likely stands in the way of any type of major reform any time soon. 

And just like much of the rest of the nation, a spirit of violence and civil unrest is rising in Chicago.  So far this year, the number of shootings in Chicago is up 50 percent compared to the same time period last year, and that was before we even got to Memorial Day weekend.  As of Sunday morning, at least 40 people had already been shot, and authorities were bracing for even more violence as the holiday weekend stretched on…
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 on: May 08, 2016, 04:42:02 pm 
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https://www.rt.com/news/342298-greece-protests-austerity-vote/
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Minor scuffles prompted by a group of anarchists have broken out in Athens, as thousands of people took to the streets to oppose a vote on new austerity measures that Greece’s creditors are demanding.

Thousands of people gathered in front of the Greek parliament in Athens ahead of the vote due on Sunday night. At some point, the rally took a violent turn when protesters, supposedly from an anarchist group, started throwing flares, Molotov cocktails, stones, and other objects at the parliament building and police officers. The police responded with tear gas and flashbangs.

The protest was held during a three-day general strike against pension cuts and the introduction of new taxes that shut down media outlets, public transport, and ferry service.

Security measures and police presence in the city have been increased over recent days out of fear of public disorder, especially at the prime minister’s residence and parliament.

The reform, to be voted on on Sunday, will reduce Greece’s pension payouts, merge pension funds, and raise taxes for medium and high income individuals.

Speaking to lawmakers on Friday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras defended the changes, saying that they won’t affect the poorest.

The reforms are part of a package deal agreed upon with the EU and IMF last July. It is the third bailout for Greece, which has been burdened with debts since 2010.

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 on: April 29, 2016, 04:28:36 pm 
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http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2016/04/syria-army-gearing-aleppo-assault-160429191355747.html
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It's already one of the most devastated cities in Syria.

But Aleppo has seen a dramatic escalation of fighting over the past few days.

A series of airstrikes have killed at least 200 people this week alone.

Activists say the Syrian government has launched at least twenty airstrikes since Wednesday - which have hit two hospitals in Aleppo.

Rebels also attacked a mosque in a government-held part of the city, killing at least 15 people.
And the war is nowhere near to its end. Talks in Switzerland have stalled.

Government troops have been gathering around the city.

And aid agencies are now warning that Aleppo is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.

How bad have things got for the remaining residents of Aleppo?

And what does the latest government offensive mean for peace efforts?


Presenter:

Sami Zeidan

Guests:

Oubai Shahbandar - Senior Communications Adviser with Qorvis MSLGroup.

Simon Mabon - Lecturer in International Relations and Government at Lancaster University.

Vladimir Mikheev - Independent Analyst with the Troika Report Project.

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 on: April 29, 2016, 12:18:28 pm 
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Fukushima ice wall won't stop all radioactive groundwater from seeping out – chief architect
https://www.rt.com/news/341231-fukushima-ice-wall-groundwater/
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An ice wall being built at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant won't completely prevent groundwater from flowing inside the facility and leaking out into the earth as radioactive water, according to a chief architect of the project.
Chief architect Yuichi Okamura told AP that gaps in the wall and rainfall will still allow for water to creep into the facility and reach the damaged nuclear reactors, which will in turn create as much as 50 tons of contaminated water each day.

"It's not zero," Okamura, a general manager at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said. "It's a vicious cycle, like a cat-and-mouse game...we have come up against many unexpected problems."

The wall, which will be 1.5km (1 mile) long, will consist of an underground pipe network stretching 30 meters (100 feet) below the surface, around the reactor and turbine buildings. The pipes are designed to transport refrigerant cooled to -30° Celsius (-22°F) to chill the nearby soil until it freezes.

The barrier is being turned on in sections for tests, and the entire freezing process will take eight months since it was first switched on in late March. The process requires an amount of electricity that would power 13,000 Japanese households.

Despite its current efforts, TEPCO - the operator of the Fukushima plant - has been fiercely criticized by those who say the groundwater issue should have been forecasted and dealt with sooner.

Shigeaki Tsunoyama, an honorary professor and former president of University of Aizu in Fukushima, said that building a concrete wall built into the hill near the plant after the disaster would have minimized the contaminated water issue.

Okamura acknowledged that the option of building a barrier at a higher elevation near the plant was considered in the days following the disaster, but defended the actions of TEPCO, stressing that the priority is on preventing contaminated water from escaping into the Pacific Ocean.

Others have criticized the US$312 million wall, which is being built by construction company Kajima Corp., as a waste of taxpayer money.

TEPCO has repeatedly faced criticism for its handling of the Fukushima crisis, which occurred after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami led to a meltdown of reactors at the facility in March 2011. The disaster was the worst nuclear accident to take place since Chernobyl in 1986.

The company has admitted that it did not act properly during the disaster, confessing in February that it announced the nuclear meltdowns far too late. It also stated in a 2012 report that it downplayed safety risks caused by the incident, out of fear that additional measures would lead to a shutdown of the plant and further fuel public anxiety and anti-nuclear campaigns.

Despite the ongoing problems encountered following the meltdowns, TEPCO has set 2020 as the goal for ending the plant's water problem - an aim which critics say is far too optimistic.

However, the water problem is just part of the monumental challenges faced at the facility. Controlling and dismantling the plant is expected to take 40 years. Robots have been tasked with taking photos of the debris, as the radiation levels are too high for humans to complete the job.
Fukushima ice wall gets Japan nuclear regulator’s approval
https://www.rt.com/news/337816-fukushima-ice-wall-launch/

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 on: April 17, 2016, 03:04:40 pm 
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https://www.wunderground.com/news/ecuador-major-earthquake-impacts
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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck about 9 miles, or 14 kilometers, north-northwest of Pedernales, Ecuador killing at least 235 people. The massive quake struck at about 6:58 p.m. local time Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake's epicenter was just under 100 miles (about 160 kilometers) from Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas said that in addition to the 235 people that were killed, 1,557 were injured across the cities of Manta, Guayaquil and Portoviejo, according to NBC News. The earthquake was the strongest to hit the nation in decades.

Residents in Quito felt the quake for nearly 40 seconds as people fled to the streets to take cover. The earthquake knocked out electricity and eliminated cellphone coverage in several neighborhoods throughout the city.

"It felt the same on sea as it did on land," said Alberto Reynas, who was fishing off the coast of Pedernales when the quake struck. "It's pure sadness. Everything is destroyed.”

Some 10,000 armed forces and thousands of emergency workers, national police and firefighters have been sent to the region after the quake flattened buildings and buckled highways. Several major highways have been closed.

In the port city of Guayaquil, an overpass collapsed on a vehicle and the roof of a shopping center buckled, according to AP. The Guayaquil International Airport was closed after local communication systems went down. In Manta, the airport was also closed after a control tower was severely damaged.

"We're trying to do the most we can but there's almost nothing we can do," said Gabriel Alcivar, mayor of Pedernales, a town of 40,000 near the quake's epicenter. He pleaded for authorities to send earth-moving machines and emergency rescue workers as dozens of buildings in the town were flattened, trapping residents among the rubble.

"This wasn't just a house that collapsed, it was an entire town," he said.

"I'm in a state of panic," Zoila Villena, a Quito resident, told the AP. "My building moved a lot and things fell to the floor. Lots of neighbors were screaming and kids crying."

The earthquake was initially estimated to be a magnitude 7.4, but was upgraded by USGS a short time later to 7.8, making it tied with the March 2 earthquake near Indonesia for the strongest of 2016. Several aftershocks were reported in the hour after the first quake, the strongest measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale.

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 on: April 17, 2016, 06:29:19 am 
Started by Hollywood - Last post by Hollywood
Published on Apr 14, 2016
www.undergroundworldnews.com
An earthquake has struck southern Japan, bringing down several houses, a top government spokesman says.
No tsunami warning was issued after the quake, measured at a preliminary magnitude of 6.4.
The earthquake struck at 21:26 (1226 GMT) east of Kumamoto city, on the island of Kyushu, the Japan Meteorological Agency says.
The Sendai and Genkai nuclear plants on Kyushu are reported to be operating as normal.
No casualties have yet been confirmed though police in Kumamoto prefecture say people may be trapped in collapsed houses.
The quake struck at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles) and was followed 40 minutes later by an aftershock measuring 5.7.
Breaking News 4/14/16: Strong Quake Rocks Southern Japan; No Abnormalities At Sendai Nuke Plant

Published on Apr 14, 2016
Strong quakes rock Kumamoto
Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency are warning people to be on the alert for aftershocks following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rattled Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Thursday.
The officials say the quake struck at around 9:26 PM local time. The focus was at a depth of 11 kilometers.
An intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 was felt in Mashiki Town in the prefecture.
Some areas in the prefecture and neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture registered intensities of up to 6 minus.
No tsunami alert was issued after the quake. Meteorological Agency instruments did not detect any tsunami.
Agency officials say they have observed tremors with intensities of 3 and above, believed to be aftershocks, in Kumamoto.
At 0:03 AM on Friday, a jolt with a magnitude of 6.4 rocked Kumamoto. The focus was 10 kilometers deep. Intensities of up to 6 plus were recorded in the prefecture.
The officials are warning that aftershocks with intensities of up to 6 minus could occur for about a week.

About 13,000 taking shelter in Kumamoto Prefecture
About 13,000 people are at evacuation sites in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto after Thursday's major earthquake.
As of 3 AM on Friday, nearly 2,000 people were taking shelter at facilities or outdoor in the town of Mashiki, where the quake registered an intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7. Some 900 of them are staying at a welfare center.
In other parts of the prefecture, around 11,500 people have gone to at least 200 evacuation sites.

Thursday's quake strongest since 2011
Japan's Meteorological Agency says Thursday's earthquake, which registered an intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of zero to 7, was the first since the massive March 2011 earthquake to have that intensity.
Officials also say it was the first time intensities of 5-plus or above were recorded in Kumamoto Prefecture since a quake on October 5th, 2011. An intensity of 5-plus in Kikuchi City was associated with the magnitude 4.5 quake.

Scientists warn of strong aftershocks
Scientists at Japan's Meteorological Agency warn of relatively strong aftershocks that are expected to occur during the next several days.
Gen Aoki of the agency said at a news conference on Thursday night that people in stricken areas should be prepared for the possible collapse of buildings and landslides. He added the aftershocks could have intensities of up to 6-minus on the Japanese scale.
He also said the agency believes Thursday's quake occurred near a fault that caused major earthquakes several times in the past.
As for Mount Aso, a volcano near the epicenter, agency officials say instruments haven't detected any change in its activity after the earthquake.

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 on: April 17, 2016, 06:24:55 am 
Started by Hollywood - Last post by Hollywood
Published on Apr 14, 2016
Strong quakes rock Kumamoto
Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency are warning people to be on the alert for aftershocks following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rattled Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Thursday.
The officials say the quake struck at around 9:26 PM local time. The focus was at a depth of 11 kilometers.
An intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 was felt in Mashiki Town in the prefecture.
Some areas in the prefecture and neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture registered intensities of up to 6 minus.
No tsunami alert was issued after the quake. Meteorological Agency instruments did not detect any tsunami.
Agency officials say they have observed tremors with intensities of 3 and above, believed to be aftershocks, in Kumamoto.
At 0:03 AM on Friday, a jolt with a magnitude of 6.4 rocked Kumamoto. The focus was 10 kilometers deep. Intensities of up to 6 plus were recorded in the prefecture.
The officials are warning that aftershocks with intensities of up to 6 minus could occur for about a week.

About 13,000 taking shelter in Kumamoto Prefecture
About 13,000 people are at evacuation sites in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto after Thursday's major earthquake.
As of 3 AM on Friday, nearly 2,000 people were taking shelter at facilities or outdoor in the town of Mashiki, where the quake registered an intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7. Some 900 of them are staying at a welfare center.
In other parts of the prefecture, around 11,500 people have gone to at least 200 evacuation sites.

Thursday's quake strongest since 2011
Japan's Meteorological Agency says Thursday's earthquake, which registered an intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of zero to 7, was the first since the massive March 2011 earthquake to have that intensity.
Officials also say it was the first time intensities of 5-plus or above were recorded in Kumamoto Prefecture since a quake on October 5th, 2011. An intensity of 5-plus in Kikuchi City was associated with the magnitude 4.5 quake.

Scientists warn of strong aftershocks
Scientists at Japan's Meteorological Agency warn of relatively strong aftershocks that are expected to occur during the next several days.
Gen Aoki of the agency said at a news conference on Thursday night that people in stricken areas should be prepared for the possible collapse of buildings and landslides. He added the aftershocks could have intensities of up to 6-minus on the Japanese scale.
He also said the agency believes Thursday's quake occurred near a fault that caused major earthquakes several times in the past.
As for Mount Aso, a volcano near the epicenter, agency officials say instruments haven't detected any change in its activity after the earthquake.
Published on Apr 14, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: Powerful earthquake strikes south Japan, leaving 45 injured amid fears of survivors being trapped in rubble

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 knocked over houses in southern Japan on Thursday evening, and police said people may be trapped underneath.

Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital said it has admitted or treated 45 people, including five with serious injuries.
Published on Apr 14, 2016
JAPAN EARTHQUAKE UPDATE: A powerful earthquake battered southern Japan on Thursday, causing some damage.

The quake registered the highest level of 7 on the Japanese seismic scale in Kumamoto City, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

There no immediate reports of deaths or injuries. But Kyodo News Service reported that at least 10 homes had collapsed and that police said they received emergency calls about people trapped under collapsed homes.

It was the first reported quake with an intensity level of 7 since the massive March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

The quake struck at 9:26 p.m. local time and originated at a depth of about 6.2 miles, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the Associated Press reported.

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 on: April 17, 2016, 06:20:29 am 
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A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 has struck just off the coast of northwest Ecuador, centered near Pedernales and Muisne, seismologists say. A tsunami alert has been issued for coastal areas of Ecuador and Colombia. James Valles reporting (BNO News)

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 on: April 17, 2016, 06:17:35 am 
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https://www.rt.com/viral/339859-japan-mystery-foam-earthquakes/
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The streets of a southern Japanese city became blanketed in foam after a devastating earthquake, close to its epicenter in Kumamoto, leaving residents baffled by the phenomenon which the authorities, busy with the disaster’s aftermath, found no time to explain.
The froth appeared shortly after disastrous tremors from a 7.3 magnitude quake shook the city of Fukuoka on Friday. Twitter users posted photos of the snow-like foam sheet and wondered what caused it.

The unexplained phenomenon affected the downtown Tenjin and Imaizumi areas of Fukuoka, according to reports.


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 on: April 14, 2016, 02:07:47 am 
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https://www.rt.com/usa/339489-bp-oil-spill-baby-dolphins/
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The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill has been linked to the alarming surge in deaths of stillborn and baby dolphins in the Gulf Coast, according to a new study. They inherited chronic illnesses as their mothers were exposed to oil.
More than 1,400 dolphins and whales have been discovered dead in the Gulf Coast since the BP soil spill began in April 2010, something scientists have termed an “unusual mortality event.” A study last year from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) directly linked the deaths of many bottlenose dolphins to the effects of the spill, and now a new study has done the same with deceased stillborn and young dolphins.

Published in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, the study concluded that the reason for many of the deaths was chronic illnesses that the mothers suffered from as a result of the oil spill. It found that 88 percent of all stillborn and baby dolphins that were found in the spill zone had abnormal lungs, including partially or completely collapsed lungs.

Additionally, the small size of the dolphins indicated that their lungs did not fully inflate, and that they either died in the womb or shortly after they were born. In areas not impacted by the spill, just 15 percent of stillborn and baby dolphins suffered from this lung problem.

“Our new findings add to the mounting evidence from peer-reviewed studies that exposure to petroleum compounds following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill severely harmed the reproductive health of dolphins living in the oil spill footprint in the northern Gulf of Mexico,” said Dr. Teri Rowles, co-author of the study and head of NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, which overseas investigations into these situations.

About 87 percent of the baby dolphins suffered from fetal distress, while 65 percent had some kind of in utero infection.

The BP oil spill affected dolphins directly when the animals came in contact with the plumes, inhaling chemicals that weakened their immune systems and caused “toxic effects,” said Dr. Moby Solangi of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, which helped with the study, to WLOX News. Once weakened, the mother dolphins became more susceptible to brucella, which Solangi described as “a bacterium that can cause abortions in livestock.”

Brucella can enter Gulf waters as agricultural runoff from multiple states and Canada, eventually coming into contact with dolphins.

“These results support that from 2011 to 2013, during the northern Gulf of Mexico UME, bottlenose dolphins were particularly susceptible to late-term pregnancy failures and development of in utero infections including brucellosis,” the study reads.

Last year, another study from NOAA linked the oil spill to dolphin deaths. It found that dolphins had smaller, thinner adrenal glands that had never been seen before in the animals living in the Gulf Coast, and that the smaller glands kept the dolphins from effectively fighting off disease.

“These dolphins had some of the most severe lung lesions that I had ever seen in wild dolphins from throughout the US,” said University of Illinois’s Kathleen Colegrove, who participated in the study, to Reuters in May 2015. “More than 1 in 5 had pneumonia that was severe and caused or contributed to death in those dolphins.”

The BP oil spill dumped 4.9 billion gallons of oil into the Gulf Coast over five months before it was capped. It may take years to uncover the full extent of the damage on dolphins.

"These animals are slow to mature, so it will take longer for the population to recover to pre-oil spill levels because you've not only seen the loss of adult animals, but the babies, too," said Kathleen Colegrove, a wildlife pathologist with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign's College of Veterinary Medicine, to NOLA.com. "It will take many more years to study the population, to fully understand the effects of the spill."

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