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There is

Love, Hate,

Hot, Cold, Dry, and Wet;

Poverty, Wealth,

Straight, Gay, and Confused;

Politics, Corruption, Exploitation,

Masturbation, Decapitation,

Flood and Drought

Invention, Innovation, and Annihilation;

Immigration, Agitation, and Education;

Starvation, Religion, Prostitution,

and that is about it.

For the moment.

First, accept the fact that you are in a war… Second, know and name the enemy…


The enemy has clearly stated their intent and mission to the rest of the world…

Several months ago, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters provided a rational plan on how we should approach and fight the “war on terror” that Obama et al. seems to conveniently be in denial and permanently on vacation over, and it gets “progressively” worse and undeniably ridiculous on a daily basis.

Lt. Col. Peters stated how to address the problem this way,

One: You accept that you are in a war. Two: You name the enemy, Islamist terrorists. Three: You get the lawyers off the battlefield […] you accept there will be collateral damage and you do not apologize for it. You do not nation build, you don’t try to hold ground. You go wherever in the world the terrorists are and you kill them, you do your best to exterminate them, and then you leave and you leave behind smoking ruins and crying widows. In in five or 10 years they reconstitute and you gotta go back, you go back and do the same thing, and you never, never, never send American troops into a war you don’t mean to win.”

However, it appears that such a reasonable approach to fighting and winning in warfare, becomes no longer necessary in this administration’s fantasy world of political correctness on the battlefield.  It without a doubt, becomes a necessary condition though, when applied to domestic situations and political “enemies.” In that case, the “politically entitled” are suddenly well aware that social warfare means death and destruction and no apologies to any whom happen to disagree with the greed-driven psycho-sociopathic polices being forced upon them, all while their freedoms are slowing meeting their demise. Of course, fear is also a great motivator, especially when applied to the people that have now been so deceived and disappointed at the consequences of the votes they did or didn’t cast for some false “hope” and increasingly oppressive “change” the aftereffects of which they are now experiencing.

As a result of the mindset now being psychically-driven and forced upon the American people, the revolving door polices are not only bankrupting the citizenry but freely allowing and encouraging terrorists to illegally reside within our homeland as they chant “Death to America,” and are noticeably encouraged by the administration to continue to do so. Meanwhile, many are being provided taxpayer supported stipends along with free subsistence in order to further fund our destruction.

In the not so distant past, America was a very different country with different values and attitudes. Its evolution in some cases are very worrisome making it difficult to figure out just how many citizens, at this point in time, are going to respond to these Islamist terrorists bent on conquest and destruction, seemingly with our own government’s collusion and approval.

It has reached a point where “human rights” and “political correctness” towards the enemy become relative. Perhaps it will take nothing less than “total war” to again end this as quickly as possible; but consider this, the cost to regain American freedom will indeed be very expensive in both blood and money. But that has historically always been the case when freedom is at stake.

We must face our enemies courageously, not with restraint, but to “Be feared… Not be afraid to be powerful… Not worry about alienating already-hostile populations…” In essence, history, like nature, will always prevail. In so being, we must deal with the threat seriously, as if our existence depends upon it. Because ultimately it does.

Hungry Ghosts to Devour Radionuclides at Fukushima Site: Environmental Microbiology


Microbial soil cleanup at Fukushima

Proteins from salt-loving, halophilic, microbes could be the key to cleaning up leaked radioactive strontium and caesium ions from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant incident in Japan. The publication of the X-ray structure of a beta-lactamase enzyme from one such microbe, the halophile Chromohalobacter sp. 560, reveals it to have highly selective cesium binding sites.

A collaboration between researchers at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in Tokai, Ibaraki, Kyushu Synchrotron Light Research Center in Saga, Kagoshima University, and Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA, has led to a 1.8 to 2.9 angstrom resolution structure for this enzyme. Anomalous X-ray diffraction also revealed binding sites in the protein for Sr2+ and Cs+ ions, the team reports [Arai et al. (2015).Acta Cryst. D71, 541-554; DOI: 10.1107/S1399004714027734].

The team demonstrated how they could locate caesium ions in a specific site within the protein even in the presence of a nine-fold molar excess of sodium ions, which would normally out-compete any binding site.

Intriguingly, the presence of strontium and caesium ions does not diminish the activity of the enzyme determined using isothermal titration calorimetry. “The observation of a selective and high-affinity caesium-binding site provides important information that is useful for the design of artificial caesium-binding sites that may be useful in the bioremediation of radioactive isotopes,” the team explains.

It is well known that proteins from halophilic bacteria have an abundance of acidic amino acids and so present an acidic surface that can interact with a range of metal ions. There are twelve types of such enzymes recorded in the Protein Data Bank that can bind to sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, strontium and cadmium ions. Indeed, the presence of these materials in various enzymes is usually a prerequisite for their structure and functionality.

Because of this metal affinity, the team reasoned that proteins from halophiles might be useful as molecular mops for separating precious metals from mixtures or in remediation when toxic metals ions must be extracted selectively from a site. More specifically, the proteins could act as models for artificial reagents to be used in this context.

With respect to the Fukushima incident, the team explains that most of the radioactive caesium was deposited on the land at the site. Amounting to 2.4 petabequerels (PBq) of radioactivity and it is fixed in soil particles, comprising weathered biotite, a micaceous mineral found in many igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Much of the soil has been removed, but the issue of extracting the radioactive elements for safe disposal has not been addressed. Moreover, the soil that remains at the site is also contaminated and no cost-effective method for extracting the caesium that leeches from it into the environment has been demonstrated.

The team suggests that protein absorbents related to the beta-lactamase from Chromohalobacter might be designed using the techniques of synthetic biology, the most likely approach being to engineer a native protein to make the affinity site described by the team. The genes for such an agent might then be engineered into new breeds of plant that could be grown on the site.

With the protein absorbents expressed in plant roots, caesium could be extracted from the soil efficiently, the plants harvested and their new radioactive cargo disposed of safely, leaving behind improved soil.

“Although the removal of caesium is an important theme for us, public acceptance for the use of genetically engineered plants is not strong enough here in Japan, so we are going to shift our theme for finding useful sites to gather other rare materials using engineered proteins derived from the structural information of the halophilic proteins,” team member Ryota Kuroki revealed to us.

Source: TerraDaily

More Information on Environmental Microbiology available at MIT OpenCourseWare site


-The Nuclear disaster-

The nuclear disaster that the tsunami caused at the Fukushima plant continues to haunt Japan and colour national debate.

The crippled plant remains volatile and the complicated decommissioning process is expected to last for decades.

After successfully removing spent fuel rods from a storage pool at Fukushima, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power is still struggling to handle an ever-increasing amount of contaminated water.

Japan’s entire stable of nuclear reactors were gradually switched off after the disaster.

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government and much of industry is keen to get back to atomic generation — largely because of the high costs of dollar-denominated fossil fuels to an economy with a plunging currency — the public is unconvinced.

A nuclear watchdog has so far given the green light to refiring four reactors at two plants, but the actual restarts will be delayed until a months-long public consultation is finished and local authorities give their blessing.

In the shadow of the Fukushima Daiichi plant on Wednesday, former residents of the nearby evacuated town of Namie placed flowers at a temporary altar and bowed toward the sea. In the background, crushed cars and the remains of flattened houses still litter the landscape.

Fears persist among Japan’s population over the effect on health of the radioactive leaks, despite repeated calls from scientists for judgements to be based on evidence.

Gerry Thomas, a specialist in thyroid cancer at Imperial College London, who also conducted research on health effects of the 1992 Chernobyl accident, told reporters in Tokyo the worries were disproportionate.

“The health effects caused by the radiation itself were very small, but the health effects that were caused by worrying about the radiation were much, much greater,” she said in Tokyo, referring to post-Chernobyl studies.

Despite government pledges of billions of dollars in reconstruction aid, progress in disaster-hit regions has been slow. Some communities remain ghost towns, and thousands of disaster refugees struggle to cope.

According to the government, nearly 230,000 people are still displaced — many of them by the nuclear disaster — including 80,000 living in temporary housing.

“Reconstruction is shifting to a new stage,” Abe told a news conference on Tuesday.

“We will help disaster victims become self-sustaining,” he said. “As the government, we will provide the best possible support.”Despite continuing hardships in the disaster-hit region, scholars and journalists have said that memories of the catastrophe are fading in the rest of the nation. –si-oh-hih/jah

-Tokyo Electric Power

Extreme Weather Event, Typhoon Season Intensifies: Guam and Philippines under watch


Super Typhoon Maysak heading toward Philippines

Though Super Typhoon Maysak is expected to weaken by Saturday, it will impact the Philippine islands. Source: Global News

As if PAM wasn’t bad enough…

Super Typhoon Maysak a Rare Early-Season Category 5; At Least 5 Killed in Micronesia

(Excerpt)

Super Typhoon Maysak has rapidly intensified since Monday and is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, according to the Wednesday morning advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Guam (Guam is 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern daylight time).

Maysak now packs estimated maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, becoming only the third super typhoon in reliable records dating to the 1940s with estimated winds that strong prior to April 1, according to Weather Underground’s Dr. Jeff Masters.

Maysak is also only the fifth super typhoon of record prior to April 1, according to senior digital meteorologist, Nick Wiltgen. A western Pacific tropical cyclone is named a “super typhoon” when maximum sustained winds reach 150 mph. The last such pre-April super typhoon was Super Typhoon Mitag in March 2002.

Prior to becoming a super typhoon, Maysak caused significant damage and killed at least five people in the Chuuk state of Micronesia, according to The Associated Press. The small atoll of Ulithi appears to have taken a direct hit from the eyewall of Maysak.

The eye of Maysak was moving westward to the north of Yap Island (population ~ 11,000) as of early Wednesday morning, local time. This should keep the most violent winds from Maysak just to north of Yap. That said, typhoon-force winds up to 75 mph are possible in the Yap Islands as Maysak makes its closest approach Wednesday morning. Coastal inundation of 4-6 feet is possible along windward shorelines of the Yap Islands. Rainfall flooding is also likely in poor-drainage and low-lying areas.

Typhoon warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service in Guam for parts of Yap state, including the islands of Fais, Ulithi and Yap.

(INTERACTIVE: Current Satellite Loop of Maysak)

Fortunately, Maysak’s center has remained sufficiently far south of Guam to limit impacts to perhaps some lingering outer rainbands and high surf on east, southeast or southwest-facing beaches.

(FORECAST: Guam)

It remains too early to tell if and how heavily Maysak may eventually impact the northern Philippines.

The concern is after an initial slight rightward (northward) bend in the track, upper-level high pressure would resettle in, steering Maysak toward the Philippines. If this occurs, the threat to the northern or central Philippines would be this weekend. All interests in the Philippines should monitor closely the progress of Maysak.

(FORECAST: Manila | Tacloban)

Typhoon Maysak first impacted Chuuk State, a group of Micronesian islands about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) southeast of Guam. Winds gusted as high as 71 mph Chuuk International Airport on Weno Island in the Chuuk State of Micronesian on Sunday, local time. (Chuuk is 14 hours ahead of eastern daylight time.)

Guampdn.com reported about 95 percent of tin houses were destroyed in Chuuk state. Communications were down in the islands Saturday, but were restored Sunday. Kane Faylim, airport manager for the Chuuk state government told the Associated Press airport employees had clear rocks deposited by large waves from the runway of Chuuk’s airstrip Tuesday, which has now been reopened.

Maysak became the third typhoon of 2015, a record active early start to the year in the western Pacific, according to Weather Underground’s director of meteorology, Dr. Jeff Masters.

Western Pacific Ocean tropical cyclones, called typhoons, can occur any time of the year, but typically hit a relative minimum in February and early March.

The name Maysak is Cambodian for a kind of tree. –Jon Erdman

Earlier in March, Tropical Cyclone Pam made a direct hit on the southern islands of Vanuatu in the south Pacific.

(PAM: Before/After Imagery | How You Can Help | Four Tropical Cyclones At Once)

Source: weather.com

Related:

Tropical Cyclone Activity Report – Pacific / Indian Oceans
Super Typhoon Maysak heading toward Philippines

More Information:

NOAA Pacific Tropical Satellite Imagery
NOAA National Hurricane Center – for official forecasts and outlooks.
University of Wisconsin SSEC GOES Images and Loops
QuickScat Scatterometer Winds
RAMSDIS Online – Tropical
Navy Research Laboratory – Tropical Satellite Products
NASA Global Hydrology and Climate Center
The Geostationary Satellite Server – Tropical Page
NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research FPDT

If it smells like it, and it looks like it …


Turkish grid under suspected massive cyber attack

DEBKAfile  March 31, 2015, 3:35 PM (IDT)
Prolonged electricity outages in 40 Turkish cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, raised the suspicion that the country had Tuesday come under cyber attack. Huge traffic gridlocks, thousands trapped in elevators and air traffic chaos caused by control tower shutdowns forced the prime minister Ahmed Davutoglu to inform the public that the breakdowns were under investigation, including the possibility of cyber attacks on the control systems of main power stations across the country. By day’s end 65 percent of power had been restored.

Thursday, 02 April, 2015 at 03:50 UTC

A massive power cut caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack. The nationwide power cut, the worst in 15 years, began shortly after 10:30 am (0730 GMT) in Istanbul, the state-run Anatolia news agency quoted the Turkey Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS) as saying. It was confirmed to have hit 49 of the country s 81 provinces, from the Greek border to those in the southeast neighbouring Iran and Iraq, and including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. Power was only fully restored across the country late in the evening, with the authorities still at a loss to explain the cause of the crisis. “Every possibility, including a terrorist attack, is being investigated,” said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after the magnitude of the outage became clear. He said a crisis cell has been established at the energy ministry to handle situation, which occurred as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was out of the country on a visit to Slovakia. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz also said the authorities were investigating whether the power outage was due to a technical failure or a “cyber-attack.” “The most important thing for us is to bring the system back to life. This is not something we frequently experience,” said Yildiz, who was travelling with Erdogan. He later sought to calm tensions, saying power had been restored throughout Turkey and an investigation launched into the cause. “It is too early to say now if it is because of a technical reason, a manipulation, a foulplay, an operational mistake, or a cyber (attack).

We are looking into it… We cannot say they are excluded possibilities.” The energy ministry was quoted as saying by Turkish media that a power cut on this scale had not been seen in 15 years. The blackout trapped people in elevators while the metro systems in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir all stopped working for several hours. Rescue teams rushed to subway stations to evacuate stranded travellers and bring them to ground level. Traffic lights also were not working in several spots in Istanbul and Ankara, causing huge traffic jams, with officers taking to the streets in an attempt to break the logjams. The Marmaray metro line which goes underneath the Bosphorus in Istanbul also went down while high speed train services from Ankara were also halted. Around three hours after the power cut struck Istanbul, the metro, tramway and the Marmaray underground system came back on line and resumed operations. In the heavily industrialised city of Izmit, near Istanbul, the cuts prevented many factories and workshops from functioning. There were conflicting initial reports about the cause of the outage, but Turkish grid operator TEIAS said it resulted from a severing of power lines between Europe and Turkey, and warned it could take hours before electricity is restored. The Chamber of Electrical Engineers of Turkey, however, claimed that it occurred because some private power suppliers had refused to sell electricity due to low prices. The DHA news agency said almost all provinces in Turkey were affected, except Van province in the east which imports electricity from neighbouring Iran. Conspiracy theories did the rounds on the Internet, with the situation the top trend under the hashtag #BuradaElektrikYok (There is no electricity here). Yildiz denied there was any link to the hostage drama in Istanbul where a radical leftists took a prosecutor hostage at a courthouse. The cut came at a particularly tense period in Turkey ahead of June 7 legislative elections and with Erdogan increasingly polarising society. The government is seeking to make peace with Kurdish militants while also dealing with the advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Iraq and Syria up to the Turkish border.


Wednesday, 01 April, 2015 at 03:52 UTC
Dozens of Turkish cities and provinces on Tuesday were hit by a massive power outage that brought transportation to a standstill and disrupted services and businesses which had no backup power. The Turkish Electricity Transmission Company, TEIAS, cited a problem at the Turkey’s electricity power transmission network for the worst blackout in Turkey in several years. Metro and tram services came to a halt in Istanbul, Ankara and three other major cities. Police officers were deployed to manage traffic at major junctions where traffic signals were disrupted. Firefighters were called to rescue people stuck in elevators. Asked whether a terror attack may have caused the outage, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded: “All possibilities are being investigated.” Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said: “Was there an operational fault, a technical fault, or was there a cyber attack? … We are following it closely.” Yildiz added that power was being restored in some provinces.

Power Outage in Turkey on Tuesday, 31 March, 2015 at 09:00 (09:00 AM) UTC
A major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday, including the capital of Ankara and the biggest city, Istanbul, where parts of the subway and tram system shut down and shopping malls plunged into darkness. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said all possible causes of the outage were being investigated and did not rule out sabotage, but said that trouble with transmission lines was the most likely reason for the problem. People carrying jerry cans queued at petrol stations to buy fuel for generators as the power cut dragged on for more than four hours. Road junctions were clogged as traffic lights went out. “Our main target right now is to restore the network. This is not an incident that we see frequently,” Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said during a trip to Bratislava, in comments broadcast on Turkish television. “Whether or not terrorism is a high possibility or a low one I can’t say at this stage. I can’t say either whether it is a cyber attack,” he said in response to questions from reporters. Yildiz later said around 80 percent of Istanbul’s power supply had been restored and that the rest of the country would follow soon. Turkey’s sole oil refiner, Tupras, said its production was not affected. Airports operator TAV said operations were normal at major airports, including Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. Broadcaster NTV said power cuts were reported in more than 40 of Turkey’s 81 provinces. The power transmission company TEIAS could not immediately be reached. Yildiz said power was cut to many regions at 10:36 am (0736 GMT), apparently due to a problem with transmission lines. He said a government crisis center had been set up. Turkey’s electricity consumption has risen strongly in recent years, thanks to robust economic growth and a rising population. It has been forced to ramp up energy investments and imports of natural gas, its biggest source for power generation. Such widespread power outages are rare. Energy officials quoted by the newspaper Hurriyet said it was Turkey’s biggest blackout in 15 years.
Source: RSOE EDIS

The Real Domestic Agenda is ?


Members of Iran's Basij militia march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (Photo: © Reuters)

(Photo: © Reuters)

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.

We need to seize that opportunity… this is something that I’m going to stay very focused on in the months to come.”

–Barack Hussein Obama

Is this a model for the “Civilian National Security Force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded [as the military]?

“Often we see an event that’s flashy; it makes the news; people are crying out for solutions. And by the time recommendations are put forward, our focus has moved on and we don’t actually see and pay attention to the concrete ways that we can improve the situation.”

“There’s some good answers to be had if we don’t make this a political football or sensationalize it, but rather really focus on getting the job done,” Obama told the media. “So I appreciate everybody’s efforts. I’m going to be focused on it. I hope you will be, too.”

–barack hussein obama

Of course yes, death to America…”

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