Watts Up With That
Sun, 10 May 2015 23:55 UTC
But what if these merchants of fear are wrong? What if the sun refuses to cooperate with the alarmists?
"The sun is almost completely blank," meteorologist Paul Dorian notes. Virtually no sunspots darken the blinding yellow orb. "The main driver of all weather and climate ... has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century. Not since February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots."
"Going back to 1755, there have been only a few solar cycles that have had a lower number of sunspots during their maximum phase," Dorian continues. This continued downward trend in solar sunspot cycles began over 20 years ago, when Earth stopped warming. If it continues for a couple more cycles, Earth could be entering another "grand minimum," an extended period of low solar activity.
That would mean less incoming solar radiation, which could have a marked cooling effect - as happened during previous decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The "Maunder Minimum" lasted 70 years (1645-1715), the "Dalton Minimum" 40 years (1790-1830); they brought even colder global temperatures to the "Little Ice Age."
Solar activity is in free fall, Reading University (UK) space physicist Mike Lockwood confirms, perhaps "faster than at any time in the last 9,300 years." He raised the likelihood of another grand minimum to 25% (from 10% three years previously). However, he claims a new little ice age is unlikely.
Sun, 10 May 2015 00:21 UTC
A man dressed in the infamous Ukrainian Azov regiment uniform had a blast delivering heavy machine gun fire at a residential building in Eastern Ukraine.
The purported Azov fighter yelled that he would "hit separatists" and opened fire on a block of flats with a DShK — a heavy machine gun delivering 12.7 mm cartridges.
Comment: Pretty sickening. How will Ukraine ever find peace with these lunatics running around?
Thu, 07 May 2015 22:31 UTC
Eighty years ago the top three things people thought were most important for happiness were security, knowledge and religion.
By 2014 only security was still in the top three, and the other two spots had changed to good humour and leisure.
Meanwhile religion had dropped to tenth, and last place.
The results come from two surveys carried out almost 80 years apart.
For both surveys people in Bolton, England replied to an advert asking them to answer the question "What is happiness?"
Comment: Things certainly were different in 1938. It looks as though there are a lot of people who are about to become pretty unhappy.
- Homelessness in London soars by 79% since 2010 - report
- Austerity measures?: UK's super-rich aren't starving, ain't jobless nor homeless and double wealth over past decade!
Sun, 10 May 2015 00:00 UTC
Entergy Corporation's Indian Point nuclear plant is located 38 miles north of New York City. It was commissioned in 1974. It experienced numerous incidents warranting concern - the latest on May 9.
A transformer exploded. Fire and black smoke were visible. The plant's Unit 3 was shut down after the incident. Officials claimed no threat to public safety.
Whether true or not, who knows. When incidents like this happen, the public is systematically lied to.
Nuclear experts cite Indian Point's notorious history of unaddressed health hazards, safety violations, numerous accidents and pollution - issues persisting throughout its operating life.
Waste water emitted from its facilities killed millions of Hudson River fish and other aquatic life forms.
High levels of cancer occur in communities close to all nuclear power plants - notably in the case of Indian Point.
Documented evidence shows infant mortality rates drop significantly in communities near shuttered nuclear plants.
But now? Not so much. The sentiment is still there I suppose, but you can almost feel it evaporating a little bit every day. The pride Americans feel for their country is slipping away, and is now an undeniable fact. ZeroHedge recently posted a poll from the World Values Survey, which reveals the precipitous decline of our national pride. In terms of patriotism, we've fallen beneath the likes of Mexico, Rwanda, and Armenia.
Sun, 10 May 2015 12:19 UTC
The incident prompted a statewide manhunt overnight, and led to a pair of brothers and a third suspect being arrested, authorities said.
In a statement, the Hattiesburg Police Department said an "extensive" manhunt led to the capture of three suspects in different locations. They were identified as Marvin Banks, 29, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder, one count of grand theft auto and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm; Joanie Calloway, 22, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder; and Curtis Banks, 26, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.
Comment: Another terrible tragedy in America.
Sat, 09 May 2015 23:14 UTC
Unit 3 of the nuclear plant, which is located on the east bank of the Hudson River, was automatically shut down following Saturday's accident, the plant's operator Entergy Corp has said.
Large transformer explosion at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Several Westchester County units on scene operating pic.twitter.com/thmY8uNKsv— RocklandFires (@RocklandFires) May 9, 2015
According to the company, the nuclear reactor was not damaged and there was "no threat to public safety at any time."
Indian Point safely shut down following transformer failure outside of nuclear side of plant; No danger to public health and safety.— Indian Point Energy (@Indian_Point) May 9, 2015
Witnesses posted alarming images of smoke billowing from the plant on social media, saying it followed a large blast and fire.
"It was a huge black ball of smoke and alarms went off immediately," tweeted Gustavus Gricius, a witness near the scene.
The plant's Unit 2 reactor has continued operating and the fire was put out by the automatic sprinkler system and on-site personnel, Entergy Corp spokesman Jerry Nappi told Reuters. No people were reported injured.
Comment: In the last week alone there have been many other cases of transformer explosions and electrical anomalies, including:
- An underground transformer blew causing underground explosions and a fire knocking out power in Charleston, West Virginia.
- Con Edison says explosions blew the covers of two manholes in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday morning - with no sign of 'snow and salt', the typical combination attributed to such incidents!
- A Delta flight from Fort Lauderdale to LaGuardia made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, after a "performance issue" with one of the engines caused the cabin to fill with smoke.
- A "very violent" fire at Rome's Fiumicino airport last week was probably caused by a "short circuit".
As seismic and volcanic activity intensifies, increased outgassing of methane, and other gases like hydrogen sulfide, from deep below the planet's surface could be igniting?
Perhaps some incidents are related 'electrically' in part to the 'grounding' of our Solar System?
See: SOTT Exclusive: Solar System 'grounding':Transformer explosions and electrical anomalies
Arkansas pastor's wife turns him in after finding 'tens of thousands' of child porn files on his computer
Thu, 07 May 2015 16:37 UTC
According to KAIT, an affidavit filed in Jonesboro District Court on Wednesday alleged that 39-year-old First Assembly of God Pastor Tony Waller "had tens of thousands" of photos and videos of "nude or scantily clad pubescent girls" on a laptop that he shared with his wife, Angela.
Waller's wife told detectives that she was searching for a file when she came across a folder that she did not recognize. The folder contained "thousands of images of prepubescent girls either completely nude or scantily clad," the affidavit said.
When he was confronted by his wife, she said that he admitted having a child pornography addiction for more than 20 years.
Comment: It's called pedophilia (not child porn addiction) and it's not curable.
The laptop and two hard drives were turned over to police, who arrested Waller.
Senior Pastor Matt Smith told KAIT that Waller was fired as soon as the allegations came to light. He had worked at the church since 1999.
"First of all to the best of our understanding, the allegations against Mr. Waller don't involve anything with our church as far as we know," Smith said. "I encourage the church to handle this with three prongs of love: focus on loving each other as a church family, show tremendous of love to his family and continue to love him."
Comment: Are you kidding? Churches and religious institutions are a haven for pedophiles. It's one of their favorite places to hunt for children. That sort of 'encouragement' is one of the biggest things that allows pedophiles to get away with what they do.
Comment: From Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders, Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children by Dr. Anna Salter:
"One molester, who himself was a minister, said: 'I considered church people easy to fool ... they have the trust that comes from being Christians ... They tend to be better folks all around. And they seem to want to believe in the good that exists in all people. And because of that, you can easily convince, with or without convincing words.'See also: SOTT Talk Radio: Predators Among Us - Interview With Dr. Anna Salter
In interviewing victims in the growing number of cases involving priests, I have been surprised - although I should not have been - by how deeply religious many of the victims' families were. I have never before grasped that it was the most religious families who were thrilled to have a priest take an interest in their children, who wanted their children to be altar boys, who could not believe that a priest would do anything so wrong.
The growing crisis in the Catholic Church just underlines the fact that offenders can recognize ideal settings for child molesters even if the rest of us can't. In truth, a deeply religious and trusting group of people, plus the requirement of celibacy (an ideal cover for any man who has no sexual interest in adults), plus a hierarchy that doesn't report complaints to the police and simply moves the offender on to new and fresh territory with new potential victims, is the ideal setting for pedophiles."
The Ivory Coast boy named Abou was discovered on Thursday, when police at Ceuta, a Spanish enclave next to Morocco, put the roller luggage bag through an X-ray scanner and found the silhouette of a young boy curled up inside the suitcase.
"When they put the suitcase through the scanner, the operator noticed something strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case," a Spanish Civil Guard police spokesperson told AFP. "When it was opened they found a minor, in a terrible state."
Comment: This is a testament to how tragic our world has become to live in.
Sat, 09 May 2015 13:47 UTC
These days, life looks more and more like some futuristic TV series. Now that's been taken another step closer by the announcement of authorities in the United Arab Emirates, that they will soon introduce "robocops" onto their streets.
The android police force will be deployed in the next two years, and the initial batch will be made up of interactive robots, which will cruise shopping malls and other public places.
People will be able to speak to the robots through microphones and interactive screens, which will be constantly connected to police call centers.
But don't fear, these androids wont be automated killing-machines with arms that act as rotating machine guns. They are designed to protect people and help the human police catch criminals or alert them to problems of public safety through interaction with the public.
RT quotes Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, who leads the police's "smart" unit, who said,
"The robots will interact directly with people and tourists.... People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots" - no doubt, as they look a lot like one of Dr Who's daleks.