World Disaster Report
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We note with mild surprise that Pyrenees resorts continue to offer snow skiing packages. As tourists revel in the unprecedented June snow pack, they may want to look again. The British wheat crop will yield 30% less than usual due to cold wet weather in that island kingdom. We opine that the "discussion" of CO2 and its poorly understood place in planetary climate will drag on, and that ever more preposterous explanations will emerge to…
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Germany was once a very well organized and resilient nation, however we opine that recent catastrophic flooding will reveal just how depend the nation is on what we will call "government heavy" response and recovery. We contrast this apparently institutionalized response to human suffering to the massive spontaneous volunteer response to the Moore Oklahoma (USA) tornado tragedy. We invite the reader to draw conclusions without additional editorializing on our part. Neighbors must help neighbors if…
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  We have located DoD photos showing considerable detail of the Moore Oklahoma tornado on the ground. These photos should be studied in order for the reader to understand the scope and margin of destruction when a tornado vortex contacts the earth. Debris fields can be enormous, however in many cases the actual center of maximum destruction is relatively small. The variance in destruction is wide, and no one on the ground can possibly predict…
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When the emergency comes some of mankind's best instincts are often stimulated. Volunteers swarmed Moore Oklahoma and provided invaluable service during the intense search and rescue stage. However as response morphs into recovery the nature of needs changes. Recovery from a disruptive event implies massive effort and expense and may span several years. The emotional dynamic of recovery phase is quite different from the grateful relief felt by survivors immediately following a disruptive event. If…
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We have reviewed some of the latest data sets relating to global tempera, polar ice formation/destruction, and atmospheric CO2 and find compelling evidence against the AGW propositions. Rather than spend much time restating what our readers can see for themselves, we will insert several quotes and references. Much of this data is technical but we feel it is quite understandable if the reader will settle in and make the effort. Perhaps the problem with AGW…
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Cruise ships can be wonderful, but beneath the party exterior seem to lurk a few “givens”. Owners want to maximize use of the vessel which is an enormous capital investment. Therefore the machine (it is a machine, not a party, you know) will be filled, operated, returned, and turned around in the minimum time so as to be ready asap for yet another voyage. Every day that can be shaved off turn around time is…
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It's hard to keep up with all the emerging threats to earth's tortured ecology. we are now informed by Dutch researchers that earthworms increase greenhouse gasses and earth's adaptation to their presence may spell destruction for plant life under some circumstances. This is difficult, as many of us have seen Allolobophora chlorotica as a friend to be welcomed into your yard and garden. Now what do we do (speaking only as a human of course)? These…
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Some say the world will end by fire, and others by ice...   We opine that the winter of 2013 will soon hold a special place in our collective, if rarely consulted humankind memory as a season where some assertions were put to rest (among the more rational persons) and others were dusted off and reexamined. No matter what the boys and girls in the white coats say, it's got to be bloody cold to…
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No government can provide sufficient aid in a timely fashion during a widespread disaster. This fact is once again born out as we examine the plight of Indonesian flood victims. Once again, volunteers were able to get in and bring some basic relief. Hopefully the government will have resources in the flood areas in another day. It only takes a few days for inconvenience to turn to desperation.   “We have received no food, no…
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