October 23, 2015

200 MPH Sustained

Holy Crap!

This is the most powerful hurricane in history and is about to absolutely nail Manzanillo and Puerto Valarta as well as do a lot of damage to Guadalajara. Worse, the  west coast of the USM rarely gets hit by hurricanes, so a lot of the people there have no appreciation for what these storms can do. 



The flooding in Mexico is likely to be biblical when it hits the West Sierra Madre and again when it passes over the Eastern Sierra Madre but it will still be bad when it reaches Texas, where they are talking about 8-12 inches in Houston, which has already been hit by flooding this week and is thoroughly saturated. 



Hopefully, Ubu and Avatar are not in the low areas. 

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August 16, 2015

How Far Can He Go? How Long Will He Stay Free?

The videos of the massive explosion in Tianjin keep getting pulled from the internet. However, one brave reporter, a  He Xiaoxin, DID  get into the affected area and took some pictures. I don't expect this report to remain up much longer, but I'm linking to it.  I'm also posting his pictures below the fold to save them from the inevitable purge. I don't normally nick more than one pic from a news article and clearly identify the source via hyperlink and I certainly don't make a habit of nicking all the picture from a photo essay because that is, frankly, WRONG.


However, the likelihood of his work being bering deemed triggering to the Chinese government and sent down the memory hole moves me to do this. Fortunately, He Xiaoxin has extensively watermarked his work. If one reposts any of these, PLEASE make sure to credit He Xiaoxin and The China Digital Times. Also do read his whole article, not only to give the paper hits but because his text provides valuable context. 

However, if the article is gone then click on "more" and behold...the effects of a quarter kiloton blast....
more...

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August 12, 2015

The Sheer SCALE

 of the blasts in Tianjin made clear by the buildings in these videos. 



This looks to be at least as bad as Texas City or Black Tom

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December 04, 2014

Oh No...

Ruby is a category 5 storm and is going to hit approximately where Haiyan did. Where there are 15,000 people still living in tents.

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October 29, 2014

Snowflakes Can Help Spread Ebola!?

Actually, they have to be precious, special ones


The nurse who was quarantined after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa has given the State of Maine until Thursday to let her move freely, setting up what could be a test case of whether state quarantines are legal.
 

This is quite troubling. Ebola is not an unmanageable problem as Senegal and Nigeria have shown, but it is not to be trifled with.
It is said that doctors make the worst patients. Miss Hickox and her colleague in New York, (who lied to authorities about breaking quarantine ) are doing nothing to contradict that notion. 

Ace has some thoughts on this that are worth reading.

The reason we have coercive, non-voluntary quarantines is that we have learned through 4,000 years of recorded human history that people will not voluntarily self-quarantine, and will in fact act irrationally as willing agents of plague.

  It bears repeating that Ebola spread to Nigeria, and very nearly Minnesota because  an American named Patrick Sawyer decided that quarantine ought not to apply to his own special self. One of the problems America faces is a class of people who believe that they are above the laws they set for others. In the case of these doctors such aristocratic self indulgence could make a manageable problem a catastrophe. This would not be the first time political pressure screwed up a public health response, but it is far less excusable since this disease is far easier to screen for.  


The thing I like MOST about the United States is that the hypocrisy and sense of entitlement that some of its doctors have are almost indistinguishable from negligence and stupidity!

In other news: It appears that Ebola Tan's pet skull is named Wilhelm. How this information might be of use is unclear to me at this time. 

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