Saturday, February 09, 2013

A low crime rate cannot be improved upon. The gun lobby is attempting to intimidate colleges to introduce guns to their campus.

Culture can replace violence. It can prevent it. Why destroy a culture that works with one that kills?

Poet ‘X’PLICIT’ kicks off Black History Month (click here)

Student Governments need to protect their campus from losing control over low crimes rates. This is still yet more proof where there is no culture of violence and no tolerance of guns, there is little to no crime. The history of a safe campus should mean something.

...“One argument that you will hear (click here) from the concealed carry people is that it will drop crime rates. I do not think they could drop here,” he said.
Sen. Ed Stremel led Gorillas for Concealed Carry to present the opposing viewpoint.
“Crime might be low here, but things happen,” Stremel said. “At Virginia Tech, they all felt safe until the shootings happened. We don’t carry because we are looking for trouble, or want to be heroes.”
The resolution declares SGA’s “strong opposition” to any proposal, such as one currently under consideration at the Kansas State Assembly, to amend the Kansas Family and Personal Protection Act (the state’s founding conceal-and-carry law) and legalize conceal-and-carry at Kansas’ public universities.
The survey’s turnout of 918 students, or 13 percent of the student body, represents an unusually high response for such a poll. SGA directors say they estimate that between 14 and 15 percent of the student body turned out to vote in last year’s student government election.
Lara Ismert, SGA president, says her opposition to conceal-and-carry is justified despite the survey. She says that members of the Gorillas for Concealed Carry on Campus Club (GCCC) illegitimately interfered in the survey process....

11:23 AM Sunday Feb 10, 2013
...Tens of millions (click here) of Hindus are expected to plunge into India's sacred river Ganges to wash away their sins on the most auspicious day of the world's largest religious festival.
Organisers estimated some 30 million ash-smeared saints, devotees and visitors would take a dip in the swirling, freezing river at the festival in Allahabad in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
Sunday, when the water is considered to be the holiest and most auspicious, is "the most crucial day for the pilgrims and for police'', police officer Ajit Tyagi said.
The biggest concern is crowd control, he added.
"We have to make sure everyone is safe.''...

Pervez Musharraf is wrong about his welcome in Pakistan.

An explosion at Lal Masjid set off by the Pakistan Army

While he oversaw a determined attack against militias attempting to over throw the Pakistani government, he is safer to be outside the country than returning to it.

The Taliban has reconstituted itself. For that reason alone the former General-President Musharraf is not valued. The Taliban was attempting to set up a parallel government at Lal Masjid. What makes Musharraf believe that has changed? The Taliban will be gunning for him in retribution the moment he steps into Pakistan.

What is it with these former Pakistani leaders? Do they think they can walk on water? The Taliban want you hung, Mushy.

His economic policies were all that either. He took the monies paid by Rumsfeld for his airspace and turned into an opportunity to be the warlord of all warlords in Pakistan. So, he needs to really rethink his decision to return to a country that has no affection for him. He is not handling his life as if valuable even to himself.

Winter Hurricane

February 9, 2013
0731:47 z (2:31 AM EST
UNISYS Enhanced Infrared Satellite of Northeast USA (click here for 12 hour loop)

As the vortex spun offshore, Hartford received that part of the storm normally assigned to areas in hurricanes where large amounts of rain are measured.

February 09, 2013 
0207 PM EST
Temperature change over USA in past 24 hours. 
The Weather Channel

The reason the precipitation has become a problem is due to a return of arctic air to the region once the vortex moved offshore. The heat it brought left with it as well. The arctic air simply moved back to replace the departing vortex without much effect on it's temperatures.

February 9, 2013 
0245 PM EST
Weather Channel
Current Temperature Map of USA

The freezing temperatures are back and will continue to complicate the circumstances of the people in the Northeast.

February 9, 2013
1930:18Z (4:30:18 PM EST)
UNISYS water vapor satellite of USA (click here for 12 hour loop)

The temperature difference between the upper USA and southern states of the USA is noted in this water vapor satellite. The southern states are receiving a warm air mass from the tropics.

February 9, 2013
1930:18z (4:30 PM est)
UNISYS North and West Hemisphere Water Vapor Satellite (click here)

The storm system in the northeast USA was brought from the Intertropical Convergence Zone. It was very warm air. It was very wet air. That water vapor was never intended for the USA climate. It was suppose to remain over the tropics under a normal Earth troposphere. It is no longer a normal troposphere and what occurred over New England is a sincere tragedy and emergency for the nation. 

The loss of power/electricity during a severe weather event due to the Climate Crisis endangered nearly a half a million people. There is no effective way of handling a half a million people when these systems evolve.

We, as a nation, have to ask ourselves what we are going to do to prevent such electric outages from here forward. There is no exemption from such a storm to repeat itself for the remainder of the winter season in the USA.

The northeast can be facing some of the worst infrastructure insult ever in the history of the USA. This is the 21st Century. There are over 300 million people in this country and the MODERN ERA has never imposed its meaning more than with this storm and Superstorm Sandy.

The USA has to recognize the Climate Crisis and plan for such emergencies and the safety of the citizens of this nation. What has occurred in all these instances is denial of the obvious and the abandonment of the citizens of the USA to receive vital services from their government.

The USA government at all levels has been told over and over and over again about this impending disaster on the country. This is not a surprise to many. The government to date has been negligent of their citizens in preventing these disasters and recognizing them as a Climate Crisis reality to provide planning for them going forward. A planet's climate is not a toy. It should never be pushed to these limits. It is too late to turn back the clock, but, it is not too late to move forward in a meaningful way.