Sunday, July 5, 2015
Australians should be far more worried about a Chinese stock market crash than Greece exiting the eurozone, but it is impossible to predict the fall out from both, or whether both will occur, economists warn.
A group of 25 top forecasters – leaders in academia, consultancy, market and industry economics – have told BusinessDay that a crash on China's share market would have a greater impact on Australia's economy.
They say Australia's trade linkages with China are far more advanced than with Greece, and if a Chinese share crash affected the country's growth it would hit China's demand for steel and hence for Australian iron ore and coal.
That would be a "major negative" for Australia's iron ore mining company profits and "disastrous" for the smaller miners with higher costs "with a corresponding impact on mining revenues and the balance of payments," Richard Robinson, BIS Shrapnel, says.
The warning comes after Greece this week defaulted on its loans from the International Monetary Fund, missing a €1.5bn repayment on Tuesday after a previous eurozone bailout expired and deprived the country of access to billions of euros of funds.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Space Weather Message Code: WARK06 Serial Number: 276 Issue Time: 2015 Jul 05 0018 UTC
EXTENDED WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected
Extension to Serial Number: 275 Valid From: 2015 Jul 04 2050 UTC Now Valid Until: 2015 Jul 05 0700 UTC Warning Condition: Persistence NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales
Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms. Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes. Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Islamabad: A week-long spell of heatwave in Karachi has come to an end, with the provincial authorities putting the figure of those affected by heatstroke at 100,000 in the Pakistani port city only and the toll at over 1,330 in Sindh province.
KILLER HEATWAVE: Millions swelter in HOTTEST July 1 EVER as 97F scorcher claims first life
BRITONS up and down the country are set to bake in record-breaking scorcher today as a heatwave - the hottest since records began - hits.
Britons have been warned to stay out of the sun and keep hydrated.
Temperatures have already hit 34.4C at Northolt in West London and is expected to hit 36V.
Experts have warned young children, the elderly and those with serious illnesses are at particular risk amid fears the hot weather could lead to people to be rushed to hospital.
The heatwave has already claimed it's first life this morning as a father died while rushing to save his little girl as she was swimming in a river.
Wimbledon is also braced for the hot weather and has forced officials to reduce capacity to allow fans to cope with the temperatures and paramedics to get to emergencies where necessary.
Emergency services were on standby this morning to treat those suffering from dehydration.
As Britain bakes we will bring you the latest live updates, news on how long the heatwave is expected to last and how to stay safe in the hot weather.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
M3.3 - MICHIGAN Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time 30 Jun 2015 15:42:5430 Jun 2015 11:42:55 near epicenter30 Jun 2015 10:42:54 standard time in your timezone
Location 42.152N 85.046W Depth 5 km Distances 12 km (7 mi) NE of Union City, Michigan21 km (13 mi) SSE of Battle Creek, Michigan23 km (14 mi) N of Coldwater, Michigan44 km (27 mi) E of Portage, Michigan Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 3.3 km; Vertical 2.0 km Parameters Nph = 41; Dmin = 56.1 km; Rmss = 0.39 seconds; Gp = 33°
Version = Event ID us 10002mly
Monday, June 29, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, W. Yang and L. Guo, NASA Stennis Space Center and Univ. of Southern Mississippi Dept. of Marine Science, 2012 (emphasis added): Depositional fluxes and residence time of atmospheric radioiodine (131I) from the Fukushima accident
The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant explosions… emitted vast quantities of radioactive materials into the environment… radioiodine (131I)… 134Cs and 137Cs are of special concern to people because they could trigger dangerous health effects
However, data on time series depositional fluxes are still lacking, preventing… prediction of the scope of dispersion especially in North America
Following the Fukushima accident, a high level of 131I was first detected on March 23 in a dry deposition sample at [NASA's space center]
After this initial fallout, the 131I depositional flux increased up to ten- to twenty-fold during the following two weeks, varying from 218 mBq/m^2/day to 463 Bq/m^2/day
Concurrent high rainfall and high 131I fluxes were observed at the SSC site… from 97 to 337 mBq/L with an average of 217 mBq/L
In addition to precipitation samples, 131I was also detectable in surface waters from the Pearl River in Mississippi, with an activity of 6.7 mBq/L
Interestingly, the 210Po/210Pb ratios of the fallout samples during the peak 131I fallout period were anomalously high… Before and after the Fukushima accident, the environmental 210Po/210Pb ratio in precipitation samples varied from 0.02 to 0.09 with an average of 0.06 at the SSC in southern Mississippi… However, the 210Po/210Pb ratio during the Fukushima fallout was up to 1.5 on March 23
To date, excess 210Po in the atmosphere was only reported for high temperature activities such as volcanic eruptions or degassing… Therefore, the anomalously high 210Po/210Pb ratios observed in the southern US were mostly derived from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant explosions which could have resulted in the fractionation of environmental 210Po and 210Pb and thus the preferential release of volatile 210Po into the atmosphere. Indeed, the anomalous 210Po/210Pb ratios were accompanied by the peak fallout of 131I… indicating that the Fukushima nuclear plant explosions mainly contributed to the anomaly in the 210Po/210Pb ratio…
it seemed that regions reachable by 131I transport within two weeks from Fukushima would receive much more fallout…
New Scientist, Mar 1983: 25 years since the nuclear accident at Windscale… Attention has centred [on] radioactive iodine… the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) said the iodine-131 may have killed 13… However, the damage to health may have been much more severe… Indeed, it could represent the worst environmental disaster that Western Europe has known this century… re-examination of the data… reveals that one crucial isotope released in the fire has been ignored… there was one isotope released in the accident that is highly mobile [with] a high take-up by the human body… this was only revealed this week by the NRPB after New Scientist’s inquiries… It is polonium… polonium could give… a total dose to the UK of 5 million man-rems… the death figures may have to be revised significantly upwards… The figures suggest that some 1200 excess cases of leukaemia may have been caused in Britain by the Windscale accident. Since leukaemia deaths account for some 15 per cent of cancers attributable to nuclear accidents, the total toll of cancer deaths suggested is 8000… Clearly further investigations into the whole of the Windscale accident must be urgently pursued. The British are in effect now the nuclear laboratory of the world.
Woods Hole’s Ken Buesseler and others have cited polonium-210 levels in seafood tested for Fukushima radionuclides, for example: “Doses from eating fish are very low off US, and in fact 500 times greater from a natural radionuclide, polonium-210, but no one worries about 210Po.”
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Space Weather Message Code: WARSUD Serial Number: 162 Issue Time: 2015 Jun 27 0344 UTC
WARNING: Geomagnetic Sudden Impulse expected Valid From: 2015 Jun 27 0345 UTC Valid To: 2015 Jun 27 0445 UTC IP Shock Passage Observed: 2015 Jun 27 0331 UTC
NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales
Question: "What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?"
Answer:The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah is recorded in Genesis chapters 18-19. Genesis chapter 18 records the Lord and two angels coming to speak with Abraham. The Lord informed Abraham that "the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous." Verses 22-33 record Abraham pleading with the Lord to have mercy on Sodom and Gomorrah because Abraham's nephew, Lot, and his family lived in Sodom.
Genesis chapter 19 records the two angels, disguised as human men, visiting Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot met the angels in the city square and urged them to stay at his house. The angels agreed. The Bible then informs us, "Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom — both young and old — surrounded the house. They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.'" The angels then proceed to blind all the men of Sodom and Gomorrah and urge Lot and his family to flee from the cities to escape the wrath that God was about to deliver. Lot and his family flee the city, and then "the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah — from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities..."
In light of the passage, the most common response to the question "What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?" is that it was homosexuality. That is how the term "sodomy" came to be used to refer to anal sex between two men, whether consensual or forced. Clearly, homosexuality was part of why God destroyed the two cities. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to perform homosexual gang rape on the two angels (who were disguised as men). At the same time, it is not biblical to say that homosexuality was the exclusive reason why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were definitely not exclusive in terms of the sins in which they indulged.
Ezekiel 16:49-50declares, "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and diddetestablethings before me..." The Hebrew word translated "detestable" refers to something that is morally disgusting and is the exact same word used inLeviticus 18:22that refers to homosexuality as an "abomination." Similarly,Jude 7declares, "...Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up tosexual immoralityandperversion." So, again, while homosexuality was not the only sin in which the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah indulged, it does appear to be the primary reason for the destruction of the cities.