Sep 012014

Today is a Labor Day, therefore, my commentaries are taking the day off. However, here are some pithy bits of information for you.


  • Obama has no strategy for ISIS, but he does have a strategy for shutting down every coal plant in America.
  • Obama has no strategy for dealing with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, but he does have a strategy for mass illegal alien amnesty.
  • Obama has no strategy for defeating Islamic terrorism, he does however have a strategy for defeating the Republicans in the midterm elections.
  • Obama has no strategy for protecting the United States from Ebola, he does have a strategy for exploiting racial tensions in Ferguson.
  • Obama has no strategy for rescuing Christians women from ISIS rape prisons, he does have a strategy for convincing single women that Christian organizations should be paying for their birth control.
  • Obama has no strategy for stopping Iran from getting the bomb, but he does have a strategy for stopping anyone from making YouTube videos mocking Mohammed. (Send them to prison.)
  • Obama has no strategy for protecting the United States, but he has a strategy for maximizing his time golfing, fundraising and partying.

It’s not that Obama doesn’t have a strategy or isn’t capable of forming one. It’s that he reserves those strategies for the things that he truly cares about.


Ebola Update

A recent research related to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) states that the Ebola virus is rapidly mutating, making it difficult to diagnose and treat. A study conducted on the initial patients being infected with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed more than 400 genetic modifications of the Ebola virus, which might prove detrimental for the ongoing treatment measures but also to the vaccines that are under clinical trials for future treatment of the Ebola virus. (Read: Traditional healer responsible for bringing Ebola to Sierra Leone — scientists)

The Researchers at the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University warn that the Ebola virus is constantly undergoing mutation. The findings show that the future treatment options including vaccines as well as diagnosing of the disease will be very difficult and less effective as mutations will continue. As of now, the researchers have analysed around 99 Ebola viral genomes. Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in March, more than 1550 people have died of the Ebola virus disease. Earlier in August (24th), a new viral strain of the Ebola virus different from the one being observed in West Africa was detected in those from Democratic Republic of Congo, posing threat to million of lives all over the world.

The World Health Organization has supported the use of experimental drugs (drugs which are not approved by FDA due to lack of data on human clinical trials) like ZMapp and other vaccines for treatment of Ebola infected patients.

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About the volcanic at the center of Iceland

volcano 2PDF with technical information

  • North end of the eruption fissure is in an area were no eruption has happened before (at least known eruption).
  • The eruption now is about large as largest eruptions in Krafla volcano during its eruption period according to the news.
  • Largest earthquake today was magnitude 5,1 that took place in North-east Bárðarbunga caldera. There is now an high risk of eruption in the Bárðarbungu volcano caldera.
  • There is a crazy storm in the area. Limiting viability at the moment. Wind is goes up to 25 to 30 m/s and wind gusts are even stronger.
  • The eruption fissure is now around 2 km long. It is on the glacier free area. The eruption fissure is the same one that erupted on 29-August-2014.
  • There is a high risk of new fissures opening up without warning in this area and under the glacier.
  • There are currently no signs of the eruption stopping at the moment.
  • The lava is now covering around 3 to 5 square km of area.
  • This is just a desert area and nothing is at risk. It is running over the lava field that was created in the eruption of 1797.

volcano 3Three outstanding facts are clear:
– ring faulting around Bardarbunga caldera: not good
– dike fissure is now 40km long, and already reaching out of the glacier.
– It is already inside Askja fissure swarm, and this rate it reaches the caldera within 4 days: also not good

Fourth thing, also not very good: a few quakes show up at Edlgjá. I am not sure about this, these have been showing up on and off the last few days (even before the Bardarbunga event).


volcanoA 6 on a scale of 8 would be devastating. The smoke being emitted right now is toxic to humans, if you take one breath of it you would die. Google “Laki 1783″ which was a 6 and see what you learn. Also, read page 1 of this thread.

It’s not the fissure that worries, not even it it’s a large event, or if the dike reaches Askja, but what it really worries me, is Bardarbunga caldera.

I reckon that a few more M5,8-M6 quakes, along with more draining of magma from within the caldera, and I think the caldera will start to collapse. That’s a powerful beating to the caldera, which by the way has not gone caldera for millennia.

We are already seeing extensive ring faulting, and quite large quakes. Total seismic energy release there has been already equivalent to a M6. About 25% of the threshold of what I think is necessary to pop the lid out, according to mine and Geolurking’s guesstimates. We could of course be wrong.

So, what to expect if it really goes caldera?

– A powerful VEI6 eruption, about 10+ km3 tephera (that’s several times more than Askja, Oraefajokull or the large eruptions of Hekla)

– Ash deposited all across Iceland. At least 1cm everywhere, and perhaps deposits many cms thick.

Think 20cm or more. Icelanders migrating on emergency to Reykjavik. Farm sector of Iceland becomes impossible.

Tourism too. Iceland suffers major economic losses, and it will be a stress daily life, dealing with so much ash. Many will just travel awavolcano tectonic platesy. Because for many life in certain parts of Iceland will be impossible.

– Ash deposited in Scotland and Norway of a few mm. European disruption of airlines is massive.

– Worldwide disruption of climate. Severe cold winters. Cold summers. Large economic losses, and further social unrest, but overall it’s not the end of our western way of living, just a severe setback in some things.

– Definitively panic would appear because of airline disruption.

So this is not end of the world, but a nasty scenario.

Trouble is we are getting within a reasonable percentage of likelihood for that. It’s not a far fetched scenario anymore. It is possible at the moment, and it’s progressing towards it.

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Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometers MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now

Seven years after former US Vice-President Al Gore’s warning, Arctic ice cap has expanded for second year in row
An area twice the size of Alaska – America’s biggest state – was open water two years ago and is now covered in ice
These satellite images taken from University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project show ice has become more concentrated

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iCloud hacked

Nobody ever says it – which has me vexed – but storing anything in the “cloud” besides anything you don’t mind being public is pretty much stupid.

Sure, being able to access files across every device, from anywhere is great. But all it takes is one hack to either have private files exposed, personal information stolen or those naked selfies of yourself plastered all over the place.

If it’s in the cloud, on the web, connected to the internet, then it can be hacked, regardless of the encryption or security. I thought everyone knew that, but apparently, I was mistaken.

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