Monday, September 10, 2012

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake YUNNAN, CHINA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck YUNNAN, CHINA at a depth of 22 km (13.7 miles), the quake hit at 03:21:23 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 11 km (6.8 miles) ESE of Dianyang, China
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake YUNNAN, CHINA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck YUNNAN, CHINA at a depth of 22.2 km (13.8 miles), the quake hit at 03:20:20 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 21 km (13 miles) West of Youdian, China
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA at a depth of 22.5 km (14 miles), the quake hit at 02:24:12 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 353 km (219 miles) Southwest of Banda Aceh, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck the KURIL ISLANDS at a depth of 14.7 km (9.1 miles), the quake hit at 01:28:19 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 250 km (155 miles) East of Kuril'sk, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake KYRGYZSTAN - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck KYRGYZSTAN at a depth of 1 km (0.6 miles), the quake hit at 01:17:00 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 65 km (40.3 miles) South of Kyzyl-suu, Kyrgyzstan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 10th September 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 18.3 km (11.4 miles), the quake hit at 23:17:33 UTC Monday 10th September 2012
The epicenter was 26 km (16 miles) ESE of Kitaibaraki, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 10th September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the NIAS REGION, INDONESIA at a depth of 52.7 km (32.7 miles), the quake hit at 23:14:31 UTC Monday 10th September 2012
The epicenter was 129 km (80 miles) Southwest of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake PUERTO RICO REGION - 10th September 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck the PUERTO RICO REGION at a depth of 17 km (10.6 miles), the quake hit at 22:03:31 UTC Monday 10th September 2012
The epicenter was 129 km (80 miles) NNW from Isabela, Puerto Rico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA - 10th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA at a depth of 60.5 km (37.6 miles), the quake hit at 22:00:01 UTC Monday 10th September 2012
The epicenter was 107 km (66 miles) ENE from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Report: Jerusalem Within New Iranian Missile’s Range

Iran is set to unveil a “domestically produced” cruise missile capable of reaching Israel and being launched “from land, sea, and air,” according to Iranian media reports.

Dubbed “Meshkat,” the existence of the long range Iranian missile was made public over the weekend by Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Mehdi Farahi, according to the Mehr News Agency.

With a range of 2,000 kilometers, or 1,242 miles, the missile could easily reach Israeli cities, including Jerusalem.

The report quotes Farahi as telling Iran’s Press TV that the weapon will serve as “the upper hand of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran. … [The] Meshkat cruise missile, which God willing will be unveiled soon, has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers.”

Meanwhile, Iran held high-level talks with Chinese officials Sunday, and released a statement praising Chinese support for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mehr reported. more

Philip Roth unable to correct Wikipedia entry on his own book 'The Human Stain': When informational democracy turns dictatorship

You can’t make this stuff up.

Wikipedia refused to correct an error about a major work of literature, even after the error was pointed out -- by the author himself.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth penned the book “The Human Stain” about a college professor deemed a racist for an innocent comment he made in class one day, despite the character's secret, African-American heritage. The Wikipedia entry for the book incorrectly noted that it was inspired by the life of writer Anatole Broyard.

But when Roth petitioned to have the mistake corrected, he was told he could not. Roth, the work’s author, wasn’t a reliable enough source.

“When, through an official interlocutor, I recently petitioned Wikipedia to delete this misstatement, along with two others, my interlocutor was told by the ‘English Wikipedia Administrator’ … that I, Roth, was not a credible source,” the literary lion wrote in an essay “An Open Letter to Wikipedia” in The New Yorker.

Ironically, Roth was told that his perspective on the book he wrote wasn’t enough. Wikipedia required corroborating evidence.

“I understand your point that the author is the greatest authority on their own work,” the Wikipedia Administrator told him. “But we require secondary sources.” more

Thoughts: Interestingly, the Coming Crisis had a similar experience with Wikipedia. When Wikipedia posted that the Comet Elenin had broken up, we noticed that while it was mainstream news, there were no actual "secondary sources". So we edited the article to reflect the possibility that the comet breaking up might be speculation. We were denied. When we pointed out the only source they used was an amateur astronomer from Russia with a nebulous background and attempted to make the change again, we were denied. When we pointed out that NASA itself had no visuals or information on the matter, we were still denied. Amazingly, and we kid you not, shortly after this exchange, NASA suddenly put up a tiny article, absent of any deep space imagery, saying that they speculated that the comet has broken up. Right or wrong, we were shocked. And to all parties concerned, excluding the Coming Crisis, the matter was settled. One couldn't make this stuff up.


Hitler's Mysterious Escape (An Interesting Revisitation of History)

Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?


President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting.

The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting. more

White House Preparing Executive Order As A Stand-In For CISPA

This isn't a huge surprise -- and last month we even discussed the possibility, but it sounds as though the White House has decided that, with the failure of Congress to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity bill (CISPA passed in the House, but the rather different Cybersecurity Act failed in the Senate), it is going to issue some sort of executive order to deal with "cybersecurity issues."

Late last week there was an awful lot of speculation over what would be, with some people arguing that it will do too much... and others arguing that it will do too little. However, late Friday, Jason Miller from Federal News Radio claimed to have seen a draft copy, and while he did not share the full copy, he did do a pretty thorough breakdown of what was in it. It sounds pretty similar to the Lieberman/Collins Cybersecurity Act -- the one that failed to gain Senate approval. The parts that concerned us the most in the bill -- concerning information sharing without real privacy protections -- appear to be in this executive order, and in some ways may be worse. While the President cannot grant liability protections for companies who share info with the government (a major concern we had), it sounds like this executive order will put tremendous pressure on companies to share info -- noting that it will begin a sort of "name and shame" program for companies who fail to take part. That seems like a recipe for a privacy disaster.

The thing that I'm still waiting for is for someone (anyone?!) to lay out exactly where the problems are with current regulations in the area. We keep hearing that there's a real risk (though the only demonstration of that seems to be inflated, hyperbolic stories), and that without information sharing, the risk is much greater. But what has not been shown by anyone, in either Congress or the administration, is why the necessary sharing can't happen under existing laws today. They just keep saying it can't but refuse to point to the specific things that are causing those problems today. That's what makes me most nervous about all of this. When those in power can't fully articulate the problem, it seems reasonable to be quite worried about the solution. It makes it way too easy for that "solution" to be much too broad and cause all sorts of collateral damage. source

Study: Majority Of File-Sharers Are Heavily Monitored

A recent study found that those who participate in illegal file-sharing are not flying under the radar, but rather are closely monitored within hours of engaging in suspect activity.

The study, conducted at Birmingham University in the United Kingdom, used software created by computer scientists that emulated the file-sharing program BitTorrent and logged all interactions and connections made to it, the Korea IT Times reported.

Over the course of the three-year study, researchers reportedly saw monitoring firms tracking activity within three hours of a given download.

According to the tech website, those conducting the study were “surprised” at the diligent way in which such activity was monitored, and noted in their findings that there was no difference between frequent users and occasional downloaders.

“You don’t have to be a mass downloader. Someone who downloads a single movie will be logged as well,” research leader Dr. Tom Chothia was quoted as saying. “If the content was in the top 100 it was monitored within hours – someone will notice and it will be recorded.” more

GoDaddy goes down, Anonymous claims responsibility

GoDaddy, the domain registrar and Web hosting company, experienced outages Monday, perhaps taking millions of websites down as a result.

"Status Alert: Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it," @GoDaddy tweeted.

While GoDaddy.com's site is up and running, websites hosted by the company are still experiencing outages.

"Some services are back online," a GoDaddy spokesperson told CBS News. "It's been intermittent and impacted our site and some of our customer sites. It started at about 10 a.m. PT and we are working to restore all service."

TechCrunch reported earlier that GoDaddy-hosted email addresses were down, as well. The blog suggests customers concerned with that their site has been affected can check online status at Down For Everyone Or Just Me.

A quick call to the company's customer service line resulted in a voice message stating that the company is aware of issues involving several services, including web hosting and emails. The company suggest following its Twitter page for updates. more

Proof that U.S. hushed up WWII atrocity

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: In 1943 they saw rows of corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest, on the western edge of Russia, proof that the killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area.

The testimony about the infamous massacre of Polish officers might have lessened the tragic fate that befell Poland under the Soviets, some scholars believe. Instead, it mysteriously vanished into the heart of American power. The long-held suspicion is that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn't want to anger Josef Stalin, an ally whom the Americans were counting on to defeat Germany and Japan during World War II.

Documents released Monday and seen in advance by The Associated Press lend weight to the belief that suppression within the highest levels of the U.S. government helped cover up Soviet guilt in the killing of some 22,000 Polish officers and other prisoners in the Katyn forest and other locations in 1940.

The evidence is among about 1,000 pages of newly declassified documents that the United States National Archives released Monday and putting online. Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur called the release a "momentous occasion" in an effort to "make history whole." The release was a result of her request for an executive order from President Barack Obama to declassify the long secret records. Read More

Rain, flash floods kill 78 in Pakistan

At least 78 people died and dozens were injured as torrential rains and flash floods wreaked havoc in Pakistan over the past three days, a government spokesman said Monday.

Heavy monsoon rains which began falling last week destroyed more than 1,600 houses while damaging a further 5,000, Irshad Bhatti, a spokesman for the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) told AFP.

‘A total of 78 people have died and 68 injured in rains and flash floods in the country so far,’ he said, adding that the casualties were caused mostly by houses collapsing and people being caught in floods.

The worst-hit region was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where 32 people died and 26 were injured in several districts, he said, adding that 83 houses were totally destroyed and another 4,200 were partially damaged, he said.

In the northwestern district of Swabi an Afghan refugee family of eight, included two women and six children, were all killed when the roof of their mud house collapsed overnight, police official Mohammad Ali said.

The children were aged between one and 12 years old. Read More

29 people killed and 4 missing in landslides and flooding in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — Officials say landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains have killed 29 people and left four missing in northern and central Vietnam.

Disaster official Ngo Van Hung of northern Yen Bai province said Monday that 16 villagers from the mostly poor Hmong ethnic minority group died in a landslide while they were illegally collecting tin ore from a mine operated by a private company. Authorities are searching for two other people missing from Friday’s incident, he added.

The government disaster agency says flooding killed another 13 people and left two missing in central Vietnam over the past week.

The agency says on its website that flooding caused by heavy rains has caused an estimated $22 million in damage to rice crops and infrastructure. Source

Possible shark attack on South Beach, Florida

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Oil spill off western Singpore after 2 vessels collide

SINGAPORE - A collision between two vessels in the waters between Jurong Island and Tuas View Extension Reclamation Area has created an oil spill. There is no injury and port operations are unaffected.

The Maritime and Port Authority received a report at about 2pm yesterday that the Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier Sunny Horizon had collided with the Korean-registered liquefied petroleum gas carrier DL Salvia.

The bunker tank on DL Salvia was breached and close to 60 metric tonnes of oil was spilled. The MPA said the oil spill was concentrated within Temasek Fairway, about 700 metres east of Sultan Shoal.

The MPA dispatched its patrol craft to deal with the spill, and oil spill response companies were activated in support. Seven patrol and anti-pollution craft have been deployed.

Work was ongoing last night, with the MPA coordinating the clean-up with other government agencies and the ship owners. The two vessels are now in the West Jurong anchorage.

The MPA has issued broadcasts to ships to navigate cautiously when in the vicinity of the incident site. It is investigating the cause of the collision. Source

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 10th September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA at a depth of 15.4 km (9.6 miles), the quake hit at 19:08:45 UTC Monday 10th September 2012
The epicenter was 437 km (271 miles) WSW of Sinabang, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

South African miners march, ignore calls by bosses

Sept. 10 - Striking mine workers ignore calls by Lonmin mine bosses to return to work and continue campaigning for higher wages

Rebels execute 20 Syrian soldiers

Reuters) - Amateur video posted on You Tube on Monday showed images of 20 dead Syrian soldiers, blindfolded and handcuffed, after they were apparently executed in the northern city of Aleppo.

Two videos showed the dead men dressed in army fatigues and kneeling in a long line along a road with their bloodied heads lying on the pavement.

It was not possible to verify the authenticity of the videos.

Rami Abdulrahman, head of the British-based opposition watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that four people in Aleppo had told him of the incident which happened on either Friday or Saturday.

"The soldiers were from the Aleppo district of Sekenat Hanano but they were killed in the district of Sabaa Baharat," he said by telephone.

The videos showed rebel fighters holding assault rifles standing around the dead men, calling them "(President Bashar al-) Assad's Dogs." Read More

Syrian Rebels Executing Prisoners!

Xi Jinping: Mystery absence of China leader fuels rumor frenzy

Where is president-in-waiting Xi Jinping?

Is he nursing a bad back after pulling a muscle in a pick-up soccer game (or maybe in the swimming pool)? Has he been convalescing after narrowly escaping a revenge killing by supporters of ousted local Communist Party boss Bo Xilai? Was he in a car accident? Or is he just really busy getting ready to lead the world's No. 2 economy ahead of an expected leadership transition next month?

Chinese micro-bloggers and overseas websites have come up with all kinds of speculation as to why the current vice president has gone unseen for more than a week. During that span, Xi canceled meetings with visiting foreign dignitaries including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. On Monday, it was the Danish prime minister's turn.

Xi's whereabouts during this sudden absence from the spotlight may never be known. One thing, however, is certain: China may now be a linchpin of the global economy and a force in international diplomacy, but the lives of its leaders remain an utter mystery to its 1.3 billion people, its politics an unfathomable black hole.

So when the presumptive head of that opaque leadership disappears from public view, rumor mills naturally go into a frenzy. more

Navy Seal defends how Osama bin Laden was killed

The former Navy SEAL who wrote a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden has given his first television interview and defended how the unarmed terror leader was gunned down.



The former officer, who uses the pseudonym Mark Owen, said that bin Laden was shot dead on May 2, 2011 rather than captured because his arms were hidden and may have been carrying weapons. Owen has been widely identified as Matt Bissonnette by US media.

Climbing the stairs in the Abbottabad compound behind the officer who shot bin Laden dead, Bissonnette described how the first bullet was fired when an unidentified head poked into a hallway.

Unaware that it was bin Laden, Bissonnette explained how another SEAL shot a second bullet at the moving figure that was lying on the floor. Read More

Taliban deny report that they are ready for peace talks

LONDON/KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban denied a report on Monday that some of their leading members were ready to negotiate a comprehensive peace deal involving a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

A report to be published by the Royal United Services Institute said some leading Taliban were determined to make a decisive break with al Qaeda as part of a settlement and were open to negotiation about allowing education for girls.

“The Taliban would be open to negotiating a ceasefire as part of a general settlement, and also as a bridge between confidence-building measures and the core issue of the distribution of political power in Afghanistan,” the report said.

But a spokesman for the Islamist group in Afghanistan denied that any interviews had taken place. “The report is a lie and is baseless,” Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters from an undisclosed location.

“We have never wanted the Americans to stay in Afghanistan and this has always been our position.” Read More