May 24

Seven killed as Mount Sinabung erupts

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Mar 02

Earthquake USGS

Deaths reported after 7.8 quake strikes off Indonesia, tsunami warning issued:

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia, killing an unconfirmed number of people. The country has issued a tsunami warning, the National Meteorological Agency reported.

The shallow quake led to multiple deaths, according to Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. Continue reading »

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Aug 18

Indonesia Impaled: Currency Crashes To 1998 Asian Crisis Low As Exports Crater (ZeroHedge, Aug 18, 2015):

On Monday we laid out the rather dire road ahead for the world’s emerging economies in the face of China’s entry into the global currency wars. The path ahead is riddled with exported deflation and decreased trade competitiveness for a whole host of emerging economies [and] all of this is set against a backdrop of declining global growth and trade, a trend which many had assumed was merely cyclical, but which in fact may prove to be structural and endemic.” Well don’t look now, but trade just collapsed for Indonesia as exports and imports plunged 19.2% and 28.4% (more than double to consensus estimate), respectively in July. Meanwhile, the rupiah is sitting near multi-decade lows.

 

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Jul 29

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Pyroclastic flow on Mount Sinabung, Indonesia – July 27, 2015 (The Watchers, July 27, 2015):

Effusion of viscous lava continues at slow pace to feed the lava dome with two active lobes on the SE and E upper flanks of Indonesian Sinabung volcano.

At 12:22 local time today, a small part of the eastern lobe collapsed into a medium-sized pyroclastic flow that traveled approximately 2.5 km (1.55 miles) towards the outskirts of the (already evacuated and destroyed) villages of Bekerah and Simacem, Volcano Discovery reports.

Video courtesy of Ingrid Smet / Volcano Discovery.

During July 18 to 19, BNPB reported pyroclastic flows traveled 2.5 -3 km (1.86 miles) E and SE, ash plumes rose as high as 1 km (0.62 miles), and lava was active as far as 1.5 km (0.93 miles) SE. Seismicity was high and the lava dome continued to extrude. Continue reading »

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May 21

Indonesia Just Sank “A Large Chinese Vessel” And 40 Other Fishing Boats In The South China Sea (ZeroHedge, May 21, 2015):

According to The China People’s Daily, Indonesia has just sank a large Chinese vessel and 40 other foreign ships caught fishing in The South China Sea. AP confirms that Indonesian authorities blew up and sank the 41 vessels… which seems like something that might just lead to some serious escalation if true…

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The tweet…

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And AP’s confirmation…

Indonesian authorities blew up and sank 41 foreign fishing vessels Wednesday as a warning against poaching in the country’s waters.

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Jan 02

Massive evacuations as floods hit Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand
People carry their belongings as they escape flood waters from heavy seasonal rains on a street in Dayeuhkolot, West Java, December 23, 2014 – photo Antara Foto. About 100,000 people in affected regions of Indonesia’s West and Central Java had to leave their homes.

Massive evacuations as floods hit Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand (RT, Dec 28, 2014)

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Feb 01

Major Volcanic Eruption Kills at Least 14 in Indonesia

Major Volcanic Eruption Kills at Least 14 in Indonesia (New York Times, Feb 1, 2014):

MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia — An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleashed a major eruption on Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after the authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.

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Dec 31

Ring Of Fire Exploding! 19,000 Flee Volcano Eruption In Indonesia (Before It’s News, Dec 31, 2013)

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Sep 24

By the way, this article is post no. 21,000!



Cyanide- and mercury-contaminated waste, next to working rice paddies on Lombok

How mercury poisons gold miners and enters the food chain (BBC News, Sep 18, 2013):

About 15% of the world’s gold is produced by artisanal and small-scale miners, most of whom use mercury to extract it from the earth. In Indonesia, the industry supports some three million people – but the miners risk poisoning themselves, their children and the land.

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Sep 20

Japan Meteorological Research Institute “Contaminated seawater reaches the east coast of Australia and Indonesia” (Fukushima Diary, Sep 20, 2013):

In this session of IAEA, researcher Aoyama from Japan Meteorological Research Institute reported Cesium-137 discharged from Fukushima nuclear plant travels to the east in the Pacific. Then it comes back to the offshore of Philippines and Indonesia.After it moves to the east in the Pacific again around the equator, it comes down to Tasman sea. The contaminated water current is estimated to come to the east coast of Australia and Papua New Guinea in 0~200m depth of the sea.

This simulation is based on the the pathway of weapons tests deprived Cs-137 in the North Pacific ocean.

http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Meetings/PDFplus/2013/cn207/Presentations/1028-Aoyama.pdf

 

 

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Sep 06

Russia will help Syria in case of external aggression (Itar Tass, Sep 6, 2013):

The United States, Turkey, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia and Britain back the strike on Syria at the G20 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Speaking at a final press conference, Putin said Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa and Italy came against military actions in Syria.

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Sep 01


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Feb 18

–  #Radioactive Asia: There Will Be 100 Additional Nuclear Reactors in Asia in 20 Years (EX-SKF, Feb 16, 2013):

As far as Asians are concerned, the Fukushima nuclear accident seems to have encouraged them to embark on new nuclear projects.

They probably look at Japan, and say, “Well their government has said all along there is no bad effect from triple meltdowns and melt-throughs, and people don’t seem to care anyway, so what’s there to lose? Not much.”

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Oct 23

Asian economies turn to yuan (China Daily, Oct 24, 2012):

A “renminbi bloc” has been formed in East Asia, as nations in the region abandon the US dollar and peg their currency to the Chinese yuan — a major signal of China’s successful bid to internationalize its currency, a research report has said.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics, or PIIE, said in its latest research that China has moved closer to its long-term goal for the renminbi to become a global reserve currency.

Since the global financial crisis, the report said, more and more nations, especially emerging economies, see the yuan as the main reference currency when setting their exchange rate.

And now seven out of 10 economies in the region — including South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand — track the renminbi more closely than they do the US dollar. Only three economies in the group — Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Mongolia — still have currencies following the dollar more closely than the renminbi, said the report, posted on the institute’s website.

The South Korean won, for example, has appreciated in sync with the renminbi against the dollar since mid-2010.

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Sep 17

Again: Any atack on Iran is the beginning of WW III.


A World On The Verge Of War? (ZeroHedge, Sep 17, 2012):

Here is a summary of where the world stands:

From Reuters:

Members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) are providing non-military assistance in Syria and Iran may get involved militarily if its closest ally comes under attack, commander-in-chief Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Sunday.

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Apr 11

Videos From Indonesia Following 8.7 Earthquake (ZeroHedge, April 10, 2012):

While luckily not as powerful as last year’s Japanese earthquake, which in turn led to a catastrophic tsunami, this morning Indonesia has been battered by a series of magnitude 8+ quakes and aftershocks in the Banda Aceh and Sumatra regions of the country. Also unlike last year, the nature of the quake made it less likely a tsunami was generated because the earth moved horizontally, rather than vertically, and therefore had not displaced large volumes of water, Bruce Presgrave of the United States Geological Survey told the BBC. The geological map and update from the USGS below summarizes all the action we have seen to date.

Below are some of the videos that have been released so far: Continue reading »

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Mar 06

FYI.

Watchable from 18:18 minutes into the video.

Interview with Wayne Madsen starts at 21:25 into the video.

Obama is not a communist. He was/is a CIA operative working for his elite masters to establish the fascist New World Order.

He is just another elite puppet President.



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Feb 24

MUST-LISTEN!!!

FULL INTERVIEW: MP3: Leuren Moret & Chistopher Busby (The Real Deal):

NB: The mp3 link has been corrected with the February 2012 interview.

Part 1:

Fallujah, Fukushima, & the Global Radiation Catastrophe, Part 1 (Veterans Today, Feb. 13, 2012)


Part 2:

Fallujah, Fukushima, & the Global Radiation Catastrophe, Part 2 (Veterans Today, Feb. 23, 2012):

The 20th century proved to be a century of great advancement towards the centuries old goals of the ruling elite – global slavery and total control of the world’s resources.

Through the Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Vatican, CIA and MI6, and the European Union (EU), and profiteering from the global drug economy – the ruling elite have developed their agenda to depopulate and remove independence from all countries and permit the aristocracies tyrannical rule from behind the military might of the United Nations (UN). Covert and overt nuclear wars are causing a catastrophic decline in the global population, funded by profiteering war mongering bankers, and politicians who authorized the use of genocidal nuclear weapons while investing in pharmaceutical companies to treat the epidemic of global illnesses caused by their nuclear weapons.

The recent skiing accident by Dutch Prince Friso, led to the exposure of the deep criminal activities of the Dutch and other aristocracies:  “Grim Tidings From the Netherlands: Prince Bernhard’s Grandchildren Continue Bilderberg Legacy”. For centuries, through the Dutch East India Company, the deep involvement of the Dutch crown in the global drug trade has now been exposed as the source of the Dutch monarchies tremendous wealth. As second son, Prince Friso was involved in many aspects of the development of technologies for total control of the human race from space (HAARP), was employed by Goldman Sachs (the Rothschild bankers), Wolfenson of the World Bank, and presently a uranium enrichment company. Despite being a homosexual, he married the former girlfriend of one of the top ten drug dealers (a Dutchman) in the world – with ties to Queen Beatrix (his mother) through her lawyer. The aristocracy likes to keep their enterprises “in the family””The Real Deal” Radio Show (February 3, 2012)

“The Real Deal” Radio Show (February 3, 2012)

Host: Jim Fetzer: James Fetzer Ph.D.

Guests:
Dr. Busby: Christopher Busby, Ph.D.
Leuren Moret: Leuren Moret, B.S., M.A., PhD (ABD)

Editor’s Note: This transcription was prepared by William B. Fox, Publisher, America First Books, who also helped organize this interview. Let me add a special note of appreciation to Leuren Moret, who has done a brilliant job of providing the photos and graphs that accompany Part 1 and Part 2, which have substantially enhanced the presentation of the stunning information provided by her and Christopher Busby during this historic interview.  They both deserve our highest praise and commendation.

Hour Two

Dr. Fetzer: This is Jim Fetzer, your host on “The Real Deal”, continuing my conversation with Leuren Moret, an independent geoscientist, who has done expert studies on Fukushima among her other research efforts, and Dr. Christopher Busby, visiting Biomedical Studies Professor at the University of Ulster, expert on the effects on what turns out to be enriched uranium in Iraq, and who has authored a new book in Japanese about the Fukushima disaster. Leuren, I know you have a number of things you would like to say.

Leuren Moret: Yes, in 2009 I was invited to my second War Crimes Conference in Malaysia by Tun Dr. Mahathir [former Prime Minister of Malaysia], and Chris was there in 2007. He did an absolutely wonderful, wonderful presentation. And my presentation in 2009 was titled “UN 2008 Report Evidence of Global Decline in Population and Fertility”. I put up two United Nations [UN] diagrams [Fig. 8, 10] from that report – their [UN] own report – that demonstrated that since 1986 all countries in the world, all regions in the world, have had declining populations and declining fertility. Continue reading »

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Feb 23

MUST-LISTEN!!!

Interview: MP3: Leuren Moret & Chistopher Busby (The Real Deal):

NB: The mp3 link has been corrected with the February 2012 interview.


Fallujah, Fukushima, & the Global Radiation Catastrophe, Part 1 (Veterans Today, Feb. 13, 2012):


A camel lies dead at the side of a road near the Saudi capital of Riyadh

by Jim Fetzer, Leuren Moret and Christopher Busby

Over the past century, the American military has been transformed into the supreme global “military cop”, in large measure for the  financial benefit of the international banking cartel and transnational corporations.

This transformation is manipulated daily by the international financiers, also known as the Zionist Anglo-American “permanent war crimes racketeering syndicate”, which secures mineral resources in weaker countries and pumps vast quantities of drugs into the global market.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, the UK and China are partners in a hidden global drug economy with 5 times more money circulating than in the economy we know.

The cost of these military adventures since World War II, accelerated by the introduction of nuclear weapons, has been very high and may even lead to the extinction of our species.

Two million US soldiers and veterans since 1990 are medically disabled, dying homeless in the streets of America, with little help from the US government.

Poisoned with depleted uranium and the “smog of war”, soldiers are guaranteed a death sentence on the modern battlefield where a new form of nuclear Kabuki warfare has been secretly raging for more than twenty years.

The global effect of the resulting nuclear pollution has been a drastic increase in birth defects, infant mortality, and death rates across continents, regions and mountain ranges.


German Salt Mine Storage – the Sloppy Days

A stunning global decline in fertility and birth rates, with an increase in death rates, will result in the economic decline and loss of cultural and physical viability in countries, where the replacement birth rate is falling and populations are shrinking.

Elevated levels of uranium in Los Angeles drinking water were reported, and correlated with individual battles in the Middle East and Afghanistan during 2006-07.

Iran has one of the highest declines of fertility in the world, from 8+ children per woman before Chernobyl in 1986, to less than two children per woman by 2002, and continuing to decline over the past decade.

The astounding increase in Iranian deaths in 2006-07, was 3.6 million, a seemingly inexplained 4.7% drop in population in a single year.  In the same time period many thousands of camels died throughout the Middle East and North Africa, 5,000 alone in Saudi Arabia and no known cause.

Such a catastrophic and acute phenomenon in both humans and animals indicates an environmental cause.  Forensic evidence is now emerging that Iran has been the target of a covert nuclear war since 1990, carried out by the US and the UK from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iran is not the real nuclear threat, which instead derives from  the US and Britain, who are partners in new forms of nuclear annihilation with the world’s population downwind.  Brace yourself for what you are about to learn.

“The Real Deal” Radio Show (February 3, 2012)

Host: Jim Fetzer: James Fetzer Ph.D.

Guests:
Dr. Busby: Christopher Busby, Ph.D.
Leuren Moret: Leuren Moret, B.S., M.A., PhD (ABD)

Editor’s Note: This transcription was prepared by William B. Fox, Publisher, America First Books, who also helped organize this interview.

Hour One

Dr. Fetzer: This is Jim Fetzer, your host on “The Real Deal” with a return engagement of two simply extraordinary guests I have had in the past. Leuren Moret, an independent geoscientist who has done expert studies on the Fukushima disaster and radiation problems around the world, including depleted uranium, and Dr. Christopher Busby, a visiting biomedical studies professor at the University of Ulster and the co-author of reports about the effects of depleted uranium — but it turns out to be enriched uranium — in Iraq, especially in Fallujah. Our interviews about this have been previously archived at Veterans Today, in particular under the heading of [hour one: “Catastrophic Effects of Radiation Contamination” and hour two:] “New Bombs and War Crimes in Fallujah” Leuren and Chris welcome to the show.

Dr. Christopher Busby: Yes, hello.

Leuren Moret: Thank you.

Dr. Fetzer: I am so pleased to have you both here today. I thought we would begin with Leuren giving us an update on what has been going on with Occupy Wall Street in Oakland and related issues, because it seems as though the government is using military-type tactics and weapons, some of which appear to be very sophisticated. Leuren, could you bring us up to date?

L. Moret: Well in October the Homeland Security, local law enforcement, the Oakland Police Department, which is the FBI COINTELPRO headquarters for northern California, and even troops from Bahrain in the Middle East practiced terrorism drills on the UC Berkeley campus. This was in October in anticipation of the Occupy movement. And so now we know they are including foreign troops in this too.

Dr. Fetzer: That is pretty bizarre, all by itself, Leuren, foreign troops in the United States. I think if the American people knew that, they would be outraged.

Fig. 1: ISRAEL’S ELITE SWAT TEAM WINS INTERNATIONAL URBAN SHIELD 2011 COMPETITIONFor the second consecutive year since Israel’s Police elite SWAT team, the “YaMaM,” has participated in the prestigious Urban Shield counter-terror competition in the USA, the YaMam has once again won first place.  Similar to last year’s impressive win, Israel’s accomplishment remains strangely, highly under-reported. The only mention of this impressive achievement is on the Facebook page for Israel’s police.  32 SWAT teams from the USA, the FBI and from other countries, participated in the non-stop 48 hour competition. The competition included counter-terror, dealing with serious crimes, hostage retrieval, and a variety of tactical and urban combat situations.   Source

L. Moret: Well people are pretty outraged here. And so then the Occupy movement, pretty much in California, started on the UC Davis campus which is one of the most conservative of the UC campuses because it has an agriculture history. And now this is really interesting, the new chancellor of UC Davis — I have two degrees from UC Davis — is a Greek woman, and she was involved in the student riots and protests in Greece, I have forgotten when it happened, maybe the 60′s or 70′s. And she is extremely conservative and she refused to even talk to the students. They were just sitting on the sidewalks in silence and in a park, and she ordered the UC Davis police to go down and pepper spray those protestors, so there are these great video clips – taken from cell phones – of this officer just walking up and down this line of maybe 30 or 50 students sitting with their heads down and their hands on their laps, and he just sprayed them in the face and all over their bodies with pepper spray.


Fig. 2: OCCUPY MOVEMENT AT U.C. DAVIS CAMPUS (Photo: REUTERS – Brian Nguyen) A University of California at Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an “Occupy UCD” demonstration in Davis, California in this 18 November 2011 file photo. Source

And so the Occupy movement spread from there and we have had a lot of Occupy movement situations going on for the last couple of weeks in Oakland, California, which is across the San Francisco Bay from San Francisco.

Dr. Fetzer: Leuren, I have seen those videos of the campus police officer pepper-spraying those students, and it is completely stunning. They are totally passive.


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L. Moret: Yes.

Dr. Fetzer: I am sure it violates all of the guidelines for the use of pepper spray. It is not only blatantly unethical, abusive of the students, but I am sure it is in violation of the law.

L. Moret: There was not even any justification for it.

Dr. Fetzer: No justification whatsoever.

L. Moret: And so what has happened as a result, is that the police presence and police force keeps getting ramped up with each one of these Occupy situations in different cities and campuses. And just on the weekend, that would be the end of January 2012, in Oakland they arrested 400 people. And then the demonstrators were marching through Oakland. They were going to occupy an empty building and the police have just increased their pressure to shut it down. And along with this is that there has been an increase in communications disruption, telephones, Internet, computers, with an increase in electromagnetic frequency (EMF) weapons used at all levels against everyone in various parts of the U.S. on the Occupy movement. And this was all funded by George Soros.

The whole Occupy movement in the U.S. is a George Soros project. And it is a continuation of the colored and flowered revolutions that he funded in Central Asia, then Eastern Europe, then North Africa, then the Middle East, and so basically the United States is being overthrown right now in a silent revolution funded by George Soros who is an agent for the City of London bankers. The Rothschilds. Continue reading »

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Oct 23

On the brink: Tremors increase at Anak Krakatau to 5,000 a day (The Extinction Protocol, October 22, 2011):

SUMATRA, Indonesia –Several earthquakes have struck near south Sumatra of the 5.0 and 5.1 magnitude range today- making a tense situation on the volcanically-dotted archipelago potentially even more volatile. The Anak Krakatau volcano is showing signs of increased seismic activity. Authorities fear the volcano is building towards an eruption that could dwarf the one which occurred in 2007. Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disasters Mitigation Center reported the numbers of seismic tremors now registering from the volcano have exceeded 5,000 a day. There are also reports of a gaseous mist which has seeped from the volcano and have enshrouded it in a yellowish haze- something that has never been observed at the volcano before. Anak Krakatau was placed on orange (level 3) status alert on September 30, 2011. –The Extinction Protocol

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Jul 09

Exxon Mobil to Face Indonesia Human Rights Claims, U.S. Appeals Court Says (Bloomberg, July 8, 2011):

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) must face claims it aided and abetted murder, torture and sexual assault by its security forces in Indonesia’s Aceh province, a federal appeals court ruled, reinstating a lawsuit thrown out by a lower court.

In a 2-1 decision today, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said Exxon Mobil didn’t have corporate immunity from claims filed by 15 Indonesian villagers under the Alien Tort Statute. The court reversed the ruling of a trial judge who said the villagers couldn’t use U.S. courts to sue over alleged actions that took place in Indonesia and involved the Indonesian military during a period of martial law.

“It would create a bizarre anomaly to immunize corporations from liability for the conduct of their agents in lawsuits brought for ‘shockingly egregious violations of universally recognized principles of international law,’” Judge Judith Rogers wrote in her 112-page opinion.

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Jun 28

For your information…


Update On The Sudden Death Of Obama’s Sister Lia Soetoro: Information From The Consulate General Of The Republic Of Indonesia. (Political Vel Craft, June 13, 2011)

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Jun 22

Bahrain seeks mercenaries from Indonesia, Malaysia & Pakistan (ABC Radio Australia, June 21, 2011):

A noted Saudi scholar claims that Bahrain’s royal family is seeking Indonesian mercenaries to help maintain its grip over the country.

Bahrain has arrested hundreds of state employees, permitted widespread and systematic human rights abuses in its prison and jailed leading political critics… not to mention opening fire on protesters.

In mid-March, troops from Saudi Arabia arrived to help quell the unrest.

Now it’s being claimed that Bahraini officials have travelled to Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan to seek mercernaries and more weapons.

Correspondent: Liam Cochrane
Speaker: Ali al-Ahmad, heads the Washington based Institute for Gulf Affairs

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May 10



Pressure is building on the north American plate beyond the rocky mountain continental divide. As far north as the Cascadia range in the Pacific Northwest, south east to Yellowstone, then further south east to Georgia, up north to Montreal / New York …

The threat of a new madrid earthquake , in my opinion, goes up ANOTHER notch, with the signs of more activity in the north east, extending along the faults down to Arkansas.

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Apr 23


Added: 23.04.2011

6.9 in the Soloman Islands near Indonesia :

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0002xcx.php

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6.0 in Japan:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0002xfh.php

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Nov 30

Here is a flashback on ‘CO2’ first:

Happy Climate Fools’ Day!

Prof. Ian Clark: ‘Rises in C02 lag 800 years behind temperature rises!’ – You will pay taxes for nothing!:

‘Rises in C02 lag 800 years behind temperature rises. So temperature is leading CO2 by 800 years!’

Study: CO2 levels remained constant since 1850!

Watch an ‘Inconvenient Truth (Lie)’ again (What a horrible thought!) or watch the following  video from 2:20 and you will see that CO2 lags 800 years behind temperature rises:

And yes, the hockey stick graph is a fake and it is obvious to anybody:


Redd scheme designed to prevent deforestation but critics call it ‘privatisation’ of natural resources


An aerial view of trees at a forest on Sumatra, Indonesia where millions are being spent to fight deforestation. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters

Some of the world’s largest oil, mining, car and gas corporations will make hundreds of millions of dollars from a UN-backed forest protection scheme, according to a new report from the Friends of the Earth International.

The group’s new report – launched on the first day of the global climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, where 193 countries hope to thrash out a new agreement – is the first major assessment of the several hundred, large-scale Redd (Reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation) pilot schemes. It shows that banks, airlines, charitable foundations, carbon traders, conservation groups, gas companies and palm plantation companies have also scrambled into forestry protection.

While forestry is billed as one issue where significant progress could be made at the talks, over the weekend David Cameron, Chris Huhne, the climate change secretary, and the government’s chief scientists all played down the prospect of a global deal to cut carbon emissions.

“British ministers are going to Mexico this week with an approach that is both realistic and optimistic,” the prime minister wrote in the Observer . “Realistic, because we don’t expect a global deal to be struck in Cancun, but optimistic too, because we are viewing this as a stepping stone to future agreement.”

Huhne, who will attend the second week of the talks, was more blunt: “No one expects a binding deal on climate change in Cancun.” But he said deforestation and longer-term climate finance were areas where progress could be made.

The Redd scheme is central to slowing, or halting, deforestation, which causes huge releases of carbon dioxide. But critics say that the scheme amounts to privatisation of natural resources.

FoE’s report shows, for example that the Anglo-Dutch oil firm Shell has linked with Russian gas giant Gazprom and the Clinton Foundation to invest in the Rimba Rey project, 100,000ha of peat swamp in Indonesia. The project is expecting to prevent 75m tonnes of carbon being emitted over 30 years, which could earn the three groups $750m at a modest carbon price of $10 a tonne.

It also says that an investment of little more than $10m by the bank Merrill Lynch, the conservation group Flora and Fauna International and an Australian carbon trading company could generate more than $430m, over 30 years, from a project to protect 750,000ha of forest in Aceh province, Indonesia.

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Nov 12

(NaturalNews) Aldi Rizal was just 11 months old when he smoked his first cigarette, and by the time he turned two years old, the Indonesian baby boy was smoking four packs of cigarettes a day. And there are thousands of other chain-smoking babies and children across the South Asian country just like him that are addicted to smoking, which some attribute to a lack of tobacco regulation in the country.

If you have yet to see the viral YouTube video of baby Aldi smoking:

Since the video first started to make news headlines around the world, the Indonesian Commission for Child Protection flew Aldi to Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta for rehabilitation, where he was allegedly able to eventually kick his habit. But thousands of other addicted children and babies across the country are still slaves to their smoking habit, and most may not get the help they need to quit.

According to reports, at least a quarter of Indonesian children over age 3 have tried cigarettes, and three percent of them are now regular chain smokers. And one reason why smoking is so common among children in Indonesia is because cigarettes are very cheap and accessible there — costing roughly $1 a pack — and there are virtually no limitations on who can purchase them.

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Nov 09

Der Spiegel reports on geologists warning of a mega-eruption. Article in German below.

In the news:

–  Raw Video: Mount Merapi Stirs New Fears (AP)

–  320000 flee volcano (The Age)

Fears for missing children in Indonesia volcano chaos (AFP)

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi emits fumes to 5000 meters (Xinhua)

Death toll from Indonesian volcano rises to 153 (AP)


Riesige Magmamenge

Geologen warnen vor Mega-Eruption des Merapi


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800 Grad heiße Schwaden, binnen Sekunden verbrannte Menschen – die lautlosen, rennwagenschnellen Aschewolken des indonesischen Vulkans Merapi sind tödlich. Der größte Ausbruch könnte noch bevorstehen: Unter dem Berg schlummert offenbar ein riesiges Magmareservoir.

Die Ausbrüche des Merapi werden heftiger – und der große Knall steht möglicherweise noch bevor. Seit Tagen spuckt der indonesische Vulkan 800 Grad heiße Aschewolken. An diesem Freitag hat es den bisher heftigsten Ausbruch gegeben: 20 Kilometer weit rasten die Ströme aus Wasserdampf und Vulkanstaub gespenstisch leise bergabwärts. Die sogenannten pyroklastischen Ströme gleiten auf einem Luftkissen mit der Geschwindigkeit eines Rennwagens nahezu lautlos zu Tal – und sind tödlich: Nach wenigen Atemzügen festigt sich die Asche in der Lunge zu Zement, so dass Menschen ersticken. Die Leichen verkohlen, für Untersuchungen müssen die Körper mit Hammer und Meißel geöffnet werden.

Nachts jagen die Ascheströme meist unentdeckt abwärts, nur ein rötliches Glühen verrät manche Wolken – Schlafende bekommen von der Gefahr nichts mit. Einzig eine Warnung vor dem Ausbruch ermöglicht Menschen die Flucht vor den Todeswolken. Deshalb haben indonesische Behörden die Sperrzonen um den Vulkan immer mehr erweitert. Nun sollen alle Anwohner im Umkreis von 20 Kilometern in Flüchtlingslager gehen. Doch viele weigern sich, ihre Häuser zu verlassen.

Schon 122 Menschen sind in den pyroklastischen Strömen ums Leben gekommen, die meisten von ihnen an diesem Freitag.“Die Hitze umgab uns, und überall war weißer Rauch zu sehen”, sagte der 47-jährige Niti Raharjo, der mit seinem 19-jährigen Sohn vor der Gaswolke floh, der Nachrichtenagentur DAPD. “Ich sah Menschen rennen, im Dunkeln schreien, Frauen so verängstigt, dass sie ohnmächtig wurden.”

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Nov 01


Mount Merapi

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupted on Monday for the third time in a week, driving the number of refugees to almost 70,000, as the death toll from a tsunami thousands of kilometers to the west rose to 431, officials said.

The fresh eruption forced a thick ash cloud around 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) into the air above Merapi, which sits on the outskirts of Yogyakarta city in Central Java, and caused panicked residents to flee villages on the slopes of the mountain for safety shelters.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that 38 people have been killed and 69,533 evacuated since Merapi began erupting last week, while Indonesia’s vulcanology agency warned that flights around Yogyakarta may be disrupted.

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