Tuesday, August 07, 2012

New study finds higher quake incidence with Hydaulic Fracturing.

Posted by Jeff Tollefson

...Cliff Frohlich, a seismologist at the University of Texas at Austin, used highly sensitive data from the seismic component of the National Science Foundation’s EarthScope initiative to investigate the impact of hydraulic fracturing operations tapping into the Barnett Shale. Operating across a 70-kilometre grid, Frohlich identified 67 tremors with magnitudes as small as 1.5 from November 2009 and September 2011, according to the study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. All of the 24 earthquakes for which the epicentre could be reliably located were within 3.2 kilometres of at least one injection well....

I think there is a move to better cars. There might be some vacation debt, but, care sales are good.

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers (click title to entry - thank you) likely took on more debt in June, even as they largely kept spending in check.

Economists forecast that consumer borrowing increased by $10.5 billion in June, according to a poll by FactSet. The Federal Reserve will release its report at 3 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday.

More borrowing is generally viewed as a healthy sign for the economy. It suggests consumers are gaining confidence and growing more comfortable taking on debt....

That doesn't reflect poor consumer confidence at all. Americans know enough to realize they are being gutted on energy costs. Fuel efficient vehicles are helping the American household to enjoy life in the face of a draconian petroleum industry.

July 31, 2012, 4:57 p.m. EDT

...In the second quarter of 2012, (click here) U.S. sales of clean diesel autos increased 22.3 percent in June over June 2011, increased 14.4 percent in May, and increased 28.2 percent in April.
During the first six months of 2012, U.S. hybrid car sales increased 63.5 percent and the overall automobile market increased 14.9 percent, according to the new sales information....

This is the 2013 Chevy Volt. Nice. Auto sales are stated to slump in July. There is a limit to the number of cars a family will purchase new each month. I do believe during the months of April, May and June the American public got the message they need to change up on fuel costs.

Eight months of record heat.

Nick Wiltgen Updated 11 mins ago weather.com 
From a winter with more tornadoes (click title to entry - thank you) than snowstorms to a summer full of triple-digit heat, 2012 has been marked by consistent, widespread, often extreme warmth.
In fact, every month so far this year has brought monthly record-high temperatures to various cities around the country. Senior Meteorologist Guy Walton adds, "There are now more daily record high reports (27,042) for 2012 than for all of 2011 (26,674), and it's only early August."
We take a look back at the "high"-lights of the record warmth we've seen these past eight months....

Two storms brewing in the Atlantic, Ernesto and Florence with a potential third tracking behind Florence.

August 7, 2012
UNISYS Water Vapor GOES East Satellite (click title for 12 hour loop - thank you)

Ernesto is the storm in the Caribbean. Its reach extends into the Pacific. It is a huge storm.

Ernesto Holding Steady with 65 mph Winds (click here)
Published: Aug. 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

MIAMI, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- People on the Belize coast and the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula were warned to hunker down ahead of Tropical Storm Ernesto, U.S. forecasters said.
At 11 p.m. EDT Monday, Ernesto was about 265 miles east of Isla Roatan, Honduras, and about 365 miles east of Belize City. The storm, with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and higher gusts, was moving to the west-northwest at 13 miles per hour....

Currently there are bands of Ernesto reaching nearly to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Southern Florida will definitely receive high winds from this storm. Tides and rip currents are probably already building along the Gulf of Mexico. It will most likely follow the direct sun rays into Mexico, but, it will fuel again once it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula.

Storms Pop Up Over Central Florida (click here) 

Yep. This was yesterday evening, though. Ernesto is no joke.

Last Updated: Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 04:46PM

ORLANDO - Showers and thunderstorms pop up over Central Florida Monday afternoon as a good deal of moisture remains in the area.
Lots of moisture remains in the wake of a tropical wave, giving us a 60 percent chance of rain today. Highs will range from 88 at the beaches to 93 inland....

Ernesto could be on a trajectory for Southern Texas.

Florence is headed for South Carolina. There is a tropical depression of sorts off New Jersey - Delaware, it will prevent Florence from turning north at this point.

There is also two turbulent areas just north of the Florence path. They could consolidate and fuel Florence more. I mention that simply because that is very close to land and it would not allow much time for emergency considerations. It just needs to be watched and anticipated.

August 6, 2012
“Ernesto could become a hurricane tonight,” (click here) the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 6, 2012. The storm was headed in the direction of the Yucatán Peninsula, traveling at roughly 12 miles (19 kilometers) per hour....

Fish die off due to heating stream waters and evaporation.

In a July 10 photo, dead carp float near the shore of the La Crosse Marsh near Myric Park, Wis. This summer's heat wave is taking its toll on fish in the Upper Midwest, where high water temperatures and low oxygen levels have combined to kill thousands of fish in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/LaCrosse Tribune, Erik Daily)

By By Grant Schulte
Posted Aug 05, 2012 @ 04:15 PM

Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest (click title to entry - thank you) as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees.
About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River, including the endangered pallid sturgeon. And biologists in Illinois said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish and is threatening the population of the greater redhorse fish, a state-endangered species....

The Lone Wolf always is considered a 'nice guy' up to the point when he is not.

This is not about Muslims. It is about human beings exposed to the FACT there are too many guns in the USA.

It just happens 'this time' it was a Mosque where people died. It was his focus of choice.

9mm pistols come in all sorts of confection. This is a 9mm 'designed' for concealed carry. According to its description it is also for those 'covert' missions,too. Whom in the USA citizenry is on a covert mission? The gun SALES persons cater to fantasy as well. Does the USA need weapons sold specifically designed for covert missions? I guess the gun makes the man. This is out of control.

In case that covert gunman/woman is interested there is a variety of bullets available, including hollow tip. And best of all there are 'sights' which can be added to the gun so it is simple to hit the target exactly where intended.

The Caracal F pistol offers the shooter the choice of a standard 3-dot or more interesting 2-dot combat sighting system. On a two-dot combat sight, the shooter places the front sight dot directly over the rear site. Simple. 

Simple. Wow. Simple. Okay, then.

..."As the family of Wade Page, (click title to entry - thank you) we are devastated by the horrific events that occurred Sunday in Oak Creek Wisconsin. While there can be no words of comfort that will make sense of what happened that day, please be aware that our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. We share in their grief for all who lost their lives that day and for those survivors, we hope for a speedy recovery. We have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate with the investigation in any way we can. Please respect our privacy as we try to deal with the tragic loss of life and family."
Page's grandmother, Elaine Lenz of Denver, told the Journal Sentinel in an interview that Page sent her a dozen roses two weeks ago, "just to tell me he loved me."
"I'm sorry he has caused so much trouble," she said....