Archive for September, 2012

Health And Wellness Report

Diseases  :  Medical Research

Stand up – or your kidneys could suffer

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Sitting has also been linked to chronic diseases, such as type II diabetes and now kidney disease.

By Linda Carroll

Couch potatoes may have an increased risk of chronic kidney disease, even if they take time out from sitting to exercise vigorously, a new study suggests.

British researchers found that people who spent the least amount of time sitting were also the least likely to have chronic kidney disease. And that was especially true for women who spent less than three hours a day seated, according to the study published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease.

It’s not clear how sedentary behavior could lead to kidney disease, said study co-author Thomas Yates, a researcher at the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

But, sitting has also been linked to other chronic diseases, such as type II diabetes, Yates said.

“Sitting jobs need to be broken up with periods of standing,” Yates said. “As these findings start trickling down to the public consciousness, it is hoped it will affect occupational health considerations.”

Yates and his colleagues surveyed 5,650 Britons, asking about lifestyle factors such as smoking, exercise and sitting time. They also examined the study volunteers for signs of kidney disease. The researchers found a link between hours spent sitting and kidney disease, even after they took into account factors such as smoking, age, gender, ethnicity, body-mass index, blood pressure, medications and hours spent exercising.

The researchers divided the volunteers into three groups: people who sat 8 to 24 hours a day were categorized as “high,” those who sat 3.2 to 7.8 hours a day were considered “moderate,” and those who sat 0 to 3 hours a day were categorized as “low.”

Women with low amounts of sitting time had a 30 percent reduction in risk of kidney disease compared to those in the high category. Men who spent little time sitting got a 20 percent reduction in risk compared to those who sat the most.

Exercise seemed to reduce, but not eliminate, the heightened risk in men who were couch potatoes. Exercise did not appear to ameliorate the effects of sitting in women, though.

Does that mean we should all give up our office jobs and find something that requires more activity?

No, said kidney expert Dr. Jeffrey S. Berns, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The researchers found an association between long hours sitting and a greater likelihood of having kidney disease, Berns explained. That doesn’t prove that sitting actually caused the kidneys to become diseased.

“Someone who sits around and doesn’t have risk factors for kidney disease shouldn’t worry,” Berns said. “While it’s certainly plausible to think that sitting may contribute to diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, it’s much harder to come up with a way that inactivity could be a direct cause of kidney disease. The flip side of this is that people with chronic kidney disease are known to be less active. And my suspicion is that these results are confounded by that.”

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Politics  –  World News

All sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies Tell Israel No! “Israel is a Rogue State; Israel cannot be salvaged”

Israel’s Netanyahu and the Jewish Neocons in America Vow Revenge

by  Texe Marrs (with Jim Fetzer)

“The authors conclude that Israel is currently the greatest threat to US national interests because its nature and actions prevent normal US relations  with  Arab and  Muslim countries and, to a growing degree, the wider international community.”–Frank Lamb, “US Preparing for Post-Israel Middle East?”, Foreign Policy Journal
NOTE: I am publishing what Texe Marrs has reported, but it sounds right to me only as long as we accept that it may be the opening act in an elaborate, staged sequence of tossing Israel under the bus to shift its own complicity for 9/11 away from the US government.  And knowing this is coming, I surmise, may be one more reason for Bibi to gamble everything on a “false flag” attack on Iran today. For Marrs’ original, I have included the link below. JHF
Hell hath no fury like a Zionist Jew scorned. O.K. that’s not quite the way the famous author, William Congreve (The Mourning Bride, 1697), put it. But it’s still an accurate observation.
The arrogant Jews in Israel and America are so used to getting their way that when,finally, they are refused and told “No!,” they go absolutely wild in anger and disbelief.
Well, it finally happened…again. The last time these jackals from hell were told “No” was in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy informed Israel’s puffed-up buffoon of a Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion that, “No! The United States will not allow Israel to have nuclear bombs.”
That refusal ended rather badly for the courageous U.S. chief executive. The Jews’ Mossad, working in league with reprobate Vice President Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, and other traitorous killers, splattered JFK’s head and brain with the crack of snipers’ rifles aimed from several locations in the heart of Dallas, Texas.
All sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies concur in an authoritative new report that brands Israel an “illegal, criminal, and immoral” rogue state guilty of rampant terrorism, belligerence, racism, and genocide. The report recommends the United States discontinue the giving of billions in U.S. foreign aid and armaments to the Zionist State.
U.S. Intelligence Community Warns That Israel is a “Rogue State”
Now comes yet another dramatic moment in American and Israeli history. According to the authoritative Foreign Policy Journal, all sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, the DEA, the NSA, the FBI, and others—have drafted an amazing, 82-page classified report entitled “Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East.”
Currently being reviewed by the White House and by key Congressional leaders, the report brilliantly analyzes geo-politics and economics in the Middle East and globally. It concludes that Zionist Israel is the greatest single threat to American security and to the American economy.  JHF NOTE: According to Frank Lamb, “US Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East?” Foreign Policy Journal, its findings include:
  • Israel, given its current brutal occupation and belligerence cannot  be salvaged any more than apartheid South Africa could be when as late as 1987 Israel was the only “Western” nation that upheld diplomatic ties with South Africa and was the last country to join the international boycott campaign before the regime collapsed;
  • The Israel leadership, with its increasing support of the 700,000 settlers in illegal colonies in the occupied West Bank is increasing out of touch with the political, military and economic realities of the Middle East;
  • The post Labor government Likud coalition is deeply complicit with and influenced by the settlers’ political and financial power and will increasingly face domestic civil strife which the US government should not associate itself with or become involved with;
  • The Arab Spring and Islamic Awakening has to a major degree freed a large majority of the 1.2 billion Arab and Muslims to pursue what an overwhelming majority believe is the illegitimate, immoral and unsustainable European occupation of Palestine of the indigenous population;
  • Simultaneous with, but predating, rapidly expanding Arab and Muslim power in the region as evidenced by the Arab spring, Islamic Awakening and the ascendancy of Iran, as American power and influence recedes,  the US commitment to belligerent oppressive Israel is becoming impossible to defend or execute consistent given paramount US national interests which include normalizing relations with the 57 Islamic countries;
  • Gross Israeli interference in the internal affairs of the United States through spying and illegal US arms transfers. This includes supporting more than 60 ‘front organizations’ and  approximately 7,500 US officials who do Israel’s bidding and seek to dominate and intimidate the media and agencies of  the US government which should no longer be condoned;
  • That the United States government no longer has the financial resources, or public support to continue funding Israel. The billions of dollars in direct and indirect aid from US taxpayers to Israel since 1967 is not affordable and is increasingly being objected to by US taxpayers who oppose continuing American military involvement in the Middle East. US public opinion no longer supports funding and executing widely perceived illegal US wars on Israel’s behalf. This view is increasingly being shared by Europe, Asia and the International public;
  • Israel’s segregationist occupation infrastructure evidenced by  legalized discrimination and increasingly separate and unequal justice systems must no longer be directly or indirectly funded by the US taxpayers or  ignored by the US government;
  • Israel has failed as a claimed democratic state and continued American financial and political cover will not change its continuing devolution as international pariah state;
  • Increasingly,  rampant and violent racism exhibited among Jewish settlers in the West Bank is being condoned by the Israeli government to a degree  that the Israel government has become its protector and partner;
  • The expanding chasm  among American Jews objecting to Zionism and Israeli practices, including the killing and brutalizing of Palestinians under Israeli occupation,  are gross violations of American and International law and raise questions within the US Jewish community regarding the American responsibility to protect (R2P) innocent civilians under occupation;
  • The international opposition to the increasingly  apartheid regime can no longer be synchronized with American claimed  humanitarian values or US expectations in its bi-lateral relations with the 193 member United Nations;
  • The Draft ends with language about the need to avoid entangling alliances that alienate much of the World and condemn American citizens to endure the consequences.
Israel Cannot Be Salvaged
Among its many startling deductions is the report’s cogent analysis that “Israel, given its current brutal occupation and belligerence, cannot be salvaged.” It further states that Israel is wickedly “out of touch with the political, military, and economic realities of the Middle East.”
Astonishing is that the well-documented report establishes that Israel consistently carries out spy activities in opposition to U.S. national interests and that it is recognized by almost every nation on earth as a militant, bloody aggressor. The overwhelming majority of people everywhere firmly believe that Israel’s brutal and oppressive occupation of Palestine and its unarmed civilian population is “illegal and immoral.”
Moreover, the unprecedented intelligence report issued by all sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies says that America’s financial and military support of Israel and its wars and occupation is neither sustainable nor desirable, and conflicts with America’s own national interests. For example, it reveals that Israel has constantly lied over and over exaggerating the nuclear capabilities of its hated foe, Iran. In fact, the U.S. intelligence community finds that Iran has no nuclear bombs and is not developing nuclear weapons.
Israel’s “Rampant and Violent Racism”
The report notes, too, Israel’s “rampant and violent racism” and bigotry against other nations and peoples. Moreover, Israel’s occupation of Palestine and crimes committed against the innocent constitute genocidal conduct which is anathema to international law.
Israel Unworthy of U.S. Support
In sum, Israel is labeled by the report a “rogue, criminal state” unworthy and undeserving of U.S. financial and diplomatic support. The ripples caused by the 82-page report are spreading far and wide. The Israeli lobby has obtained copies of the draft from their Sayanim spies, traitors to the United States like U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and John McCain, Congressman Eric Cantor, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Reportedly, Israel’s Prime Minister, the belligerent and bellicose Benjamin Netanyahu, is boiling with anger. He and the Jewish neocons in the U.S.A. are plotting revenge against the report’s authors. Especially in their gunsights are General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and President Barack Obama. Said the head of Israel’s Knesset (Parliament): “How dare Obama turn against us after all we Jews have done for him.”
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, refuses to be a toady of the Zionists. America’s military finally is standing up for America against the bluffs and threats of the powerful neo-con Jewish Lobby in Washington, D.C. (Click image to enlarge the article)
Sayanim Spies Cited As a Threat to U.S.
Interestingly, one of the areas mentioned in the report is the widespread spying by Israel-firsters and Zionist saboteurs. It calls their efforts “gross interference in the internal affairs of the United States.” The report notes that Israel and the Zionists have more than sixty “front organizations” active in these Sayanim spying efforts and that, in the U.S., “there are approximately 7,500 U.S. officials who do Israel’s bidding.”
The magnitude of Zionist Israel spying and interference in U.S. affairs seemingly even excels that of spies associated with the Soviet Union and Red China in their heyday. Maybe what we need is a modern-day Senator Joseph McCarthy to step forth and expose these dangerous anti-American Zionist agents. Their ranks, notably, include not only the many Zionist spies in public office but also thousands of Sayanim agents in the mainstream media, on Wall Street, in industry, and in academia.
America is literally bursting at its seams with Zionist sympathizers, lobbyists, and spies who prefer Israel over America and would sell out their home country in a Tel Aviv moment if the tyrannical rabbis of Israel asked them to do so.
Mitt Romney, pictured here in Israel with Jewish Congresswoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has been a covert agent of the Israeli government since his graduation from college. Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are “brothers” of the Masonic Lodge and for years worked side-by-side in a “consulting company” in Boston reputed to be an Israeli front organization.
Mitt Romney A Covert Sayanim Israeli Agent
Of course, one of the most dangerous of all Sayanim agents is Governor Mitt Romney, nominated by the Republican Party for President. Some believe that his Bain Capital group was and is an Israeli front. Meanwhile, Bain’s media branch, Clear Channel Communications, from where Zio-fanatics like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Michael Savage spout their venomous warmongering, pro-Israeli propaganda, is nothing less than a Zionist Fifth Column spy front. How many Americans know that these popular neo-con media personalities are actually well-paid Zionist puppets and mouthpieces?
These many Sayanim agents are this very moment working hard to have the new draft intelligence report trashed, so that it will never see the light of day. They fear that if its potent contents are released for public review, the ground under their feet may shift significantly. The ordinary American citizen will finally see in a clear, accurate and much different light what Zionism stands for and what kind of ungodly and bloody, aggressive, theocratic state Israel really is.
Mitt Romney: Chosen by America’s Foreign Enemy, Israel
The Zionists among us and the Israeli politicians and chief rabbis do not want Americans to read this documented report or become privy to its tenets. They intend to postpone its release until January 20th, when their chosen man, Mitt Romney, is inaugurated as the new U.S.A. President. Romney has promised his friend Netanyahu that as soon as he has taken the oath of office, he will permanently bury the report.
That is why Mitt Romney flew to Israel recently, in the very midst of his busy political campaign. In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Romney met with Prime Minister Netanyahu, with high rabbis, and with the Masonic Lodge elite of Israel. Romney pledged to them that if they would use their Jewish lobby and billions of campaign dollars to “throw Barack Obama under the bus” (abandon him and cut off his media and financial support), he, Romney would do four things for Israel:
First, kill this 82-page report, “Preparing for a Post Israel Middle East.”
Second, shower Israel with tens of billions more U.S. dollars in aid money, not to be repaid.
Third, provide Israel with new high-tech weapons systems, including electronic mind control systems, laser weapons, improved nuclear bombs, IRBM and ICBM capability, and long-range bomber aircraft refueling tankers. These would make tiny Israel invulnerable. The weapons would be the “bully” sticks the Jews could use to rule the Middle East and even to threaten Russia and Europe.
Fourth, U.S. forces will invade Iran, attacking Tehran’s military installations, with U.S. nuclear bombs if need be.
Romney and Mormon Church in Opposition to U.S. National Interests
The truth is that Mitt Romney is a covert Israeli agent. His Mormon Church’s official doctrine encourages his anti-American defection by proclaiming its members to be of the 12 tribes of Israel. That’s right—the Church of Mormon claims it is the tribes of Ephraim and Manassas. It is therefore a Judaic cult hostile to the U.S.A. and to America’s national interests.
Mitt Romney’s traitorous activities should not go unpunished. I hereby demand that Romney and his pro-Israel cabal of Zionist spies be investigated for the crime of giving material aid and comfort to America’s enemy, Israel. Moreover, I hereby demand that the law enforcement agencies of the federal government and several states initiate a criminal investigation of Mitt Romney’s shadowy Bain and Co. The Chairman of the Board of Bain is none other than a former Mossad agent, Orit Gadiesh, an Israeli citizen, again confirming Romney’s longstanding Mossad connections.
If the Israeli spies and saboteurs inside the U.S.A. are not quickly outed and investigated, we are going to lose our once great nation. We must move at once to investigate their crimes and remove each and every one from their perch of high trust.
Time is of the Essence
Let the new study report commissioned by the U.S. intelligence community and endorsed by General Martin Dempsey, the courageous Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, be the guide and impetus for our efforts. And remember, dear friends, if we wait and delay until January 20, 2013, it may be too late. A man who serves a foreign power and has a life-long history of subversion and sabotage of America’s foreign and domestic policy may, on that day, be making his inaugural address in Washington, D.C.
If that tragic and unfortunate event were to occur, we and our nation will be in deep and dire trouble. Blood, war, and the disintegration of America by traitors to our flag will be at hand.
Then, you and I will become as the Palestinians are today. We shall be slaves of a cruel and heartless nation and people, psychopaths who actually believe the satanic lie that they are men-gods while you and I, they teach, are but goyim (cattle) fit for destruction.
Texe W. Marrs is an American writer, who runs a Christian ministry called Power of Prophecy Ministries, based in Austin, Texas. He was previously an officer in the United States Air Force and a faculty member at the University of Texas. The original:



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MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 21:51:20   39.539   144.402 10.0  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.6 2012/09/29 19:31:17   19.585   -64.320 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/09/29 18:41:42   19.502   -64.241 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.4   2012/09/29 17:48:57  -17.480   -69.660 126.0  SOUTHERN PERU
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 17:42:11   64.731  -145.878 0.4  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/29 17:37:41   35.013   140.026 57.2  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.8   2012/09/29 16:25:42   -7.055   124.158 587.3  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 16:21:00   59.676  -153.345 143.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 16:13:30  -56.192   -26.913 82.3  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.0   2012/09/29 14:12:05   13.869   120.730 186.1  MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 13:14:32   32.157  -115.174 32.2  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 12:56:14   18.175   -67.394 20.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.4 2012/09/29 12:40:08   19.578   -64.267 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/29 12:17:18   19.634   -64.264 51.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/29 12:14:16   19.145   -64.953 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 11:54:00   16.390   -98.223 9.9  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  5.3   2012/09/29 11:24:33   6.115   92.810 28.5  NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 11:24:12   19.573   -64.354 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 11:00:18   51.051   179.145 35.2  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/29 10:52:16   19.719   -64.371 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 10:30:44   19.401   -64.190 91.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 10:11:15   39.716   144.172 22.6  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 10:00:45   17.947   -65.368 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 09:52:50   26.924   143.795 10.1  BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 09:47:26   19.506   -64.158 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 07:34:43   35.546   141.191 34.6  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.5   2012/09/29 07:11:13   16.355   -98.388 10.2  OAXACA, MEXICO
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MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 06:17:08   44.157  -127.750 9.9  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 05:57:46   53.559  -169.398 28.6  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 05:26:12   7.129   -71.923 38.7  APURE, VENEZUELA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/29 05:25:42   35.230   27.816 10.0  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 05:02:58   19.712   -64.311 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/29 04:51:58   19.533   -64.335 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/29 04:43:45   18.710   -65.050 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 03:34:26   57.874  -154.160 47.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/29 03:28:50   18.358   -67.402 101.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.0 2012/09/29 03:06:08   19.700   -64.291 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 02:39:32   35.129   27.842 5.4  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 01:26:13  -23.938   -66.754 191.4  JUJUY, ARGENTINA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/29 01:14:20   18.174   -68.546 15.0  MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP  3.5 2012/09/29 00:59:48   34.672  -106.776 6.4  NEW MEXICO
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 00:39:45   38.532   14.810 246.5  SICILY, ITALY

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MAP  5.2   2012/09/28 23:22:31   -8.976   157.426 10.0  SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP  3.5 2012/09/28 22:38:15   19.622   -64.407 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/28 22:14:45   29.284   67.930 10.0  PAKISTAN
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 21:55:05   19.609   -64.247 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/28 21:21:01   32.175  -115.220 44.3  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 20:33:19   19.408   -64.313 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 20:05:14   19.640   -64.218 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 19:37:06   19.681   -64.393 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 19:29:19   19.534   -64.293 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 19:11:56   19.591   -64.342 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/28 18:50:27   20.076   -64.346 24.3  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.8 2012/09/28 16:27:31   32.281  -115.266 10.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 16:25:56   37.852  -122.249 6.9  SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.5 2012/09/28 16:17:13   19.492   -66.260 83.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/28 16:07:58   19.672   -64.307 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 15:55:14   19.416   -64.493 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/28 15:36:27   19.629   -64.428 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/28 15:24:54   24.636  -110.354 27.7  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 14:54:35   37.163  -112.108 7.3  UTAH
MAP  4.8   2012/09/28 14:25:47   13.752   120.770 141.0  MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 13:46:01   46.232  -122.112 9.4  MOUNT ST. HELENS AREA, WASHINGTON
MAP  3.7 2012/09/28 13:37:19   19.366   -64.184 90.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/28 12:11:48   13.485   144.475 110.3  GUAM REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/28 11:36:59   36.852   143.669 22.1  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 10:53:44   48.008  -103.478 0.7  NORTH DAKOTA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/28 10:20:51   38.824  -122.794 2.2  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.2 2012/09/28 10:18:35  -24.136   -66.799 184.1  SALTA, ARGENTINA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/28 10:06:00   55.549  -161.638 164.9  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 09:17:36   19.554   -64.278 56.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 05:21:01   19.650   -64.419 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/28 04:39:01  -11.854   -76.325 103.0  CENTRAL PERU
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 04:28:25   19.191  -155.603 8.2  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.8 2012/09/28 04:12:45   19.588   -64.334 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/28 03:11:51  -31.510   -67.919 111.7  SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/28 01:35:47   18.019   -65.392 24.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/28 01:04:58   19.041   -67.824 17.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 00:41:53   19.561   -64.347 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 00:31:58   19.640   -64.370 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION


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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

10 people killed/Hundreds Evacuated as Extreme Weather/ Floods sweep through Spain

Flash floods hit southern Spain

Flooding caused by torrential rain after months of drought leaves several dead and British woman missing

    Spanish floods

    Cars wrecked by flash floods in Villanueva del Rosario near Málaga, southern Spain. Photograph: Sergio Torres/AP

    Ten people have been killed and hundreds evacuated from their homes after extreme weather and flash floods hit southern Spain on Friday.

    The flooding, caused by torrential rain after months of drought, hit areas around Murcia and Almería in the south-east and Málaga in the south.

    A 52-year-old British woman is believed to be missing in Almería, according to a government official. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was looking into the reports as “a matter of urgency”.

    The weather brought down a motorway bridge and cars were swept away. Officials in the region said at least 600 people had been evacuated from their homes.

    Spanish radio said a young boy and girl who were found drowned in a car in the town of Puerto Lumbreras were among the dead. A middle-aged woman was also killed in Lorca, which was badly damaged in an earthquake last year.

    Jackie Broad, 58, said her home in Mojacar, Almería, was too high up to be flooded but she had seen cars get washed away by raging torrents of water. “The river at the bottom of our road has burst its banks. There was a lot of water, in some places up to the roofs of shops and houses.

    “The water has run away now but it’s left about a foot of mud everywhere. A lot of the roads are closed so we’re having trouble getting around,” she said.

    Five people have so far died in Murcia, three in Almería and two in Málaga. Five people originally declared missing have been found alive.

    A tornado that also swept through the town of Gandia on Friday knocked down a ferris wheel, injuring 35 fair workers. The town hall website said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt. Local media reported that the fair had been closed to the public at the time.

    The flooding disrupted transport links, with at least two motorways closed and one flight diverted to Seville from Malaga.

    Spain’s weather agency said up to 245 litres of water had fallen per square metre in the area on Friday.

    In 2011, a British couple died in a flash flood in Finestrat, on the Costa Blanca, after torrential rain caused a river to burst its banks.

    The heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday before moving towards the Balearic Islands.

    Flood sweeps man to death as UK storms continue

    Man in 60s caught by flooded stream in Shropshire as torrential rain shuts main train lines between England and Scotland

      A child stands at the edge of a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland

      A child stands at the edge of a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

      A man has died after being swept away by floodwater as heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to batter much of England, Scotland and Ireland.

      West Mercia police said the man was overcome by the water in a stream at Bitterley, near Ludlow in Shropshire, shortly after 10.30am on Thursday.

      The accident was reported by witnesses and the man’s body was found after an extensive search involving police, fire crews and the Severn Area Rescue Association.

      Residents named him as maths teacher Mike Ellis, who lived in the village with his wife.

      The West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire all suffered heavy flooding during the day.

      Later the storm spread north, closing both main rail lines between England and Scotland, with the west coast mainline closed at Tebay in Cumbria and a landslip blocking the east coast line near to Berwick.

      At one point the Tyne road tunnel was closed in both directions, and police warned motorists stuck in traffic to stay with their cars until emergency services reached them. Residents in several locations across Tyneside had to be evacuated.

      The Environment Agency urged people to be on alert for more flash flooding across the Midlands, northern England and Scotland as the Met Office forecast outbreaks of torrential rain across central and northern parts of the country. There was a continued risk of surface flooding if drainage systems were overwhelmed by rainfall.

      The heavy rain could also cause rivers to rise rapidly, the EA warned, and it advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater. It also urged people to check its website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings.

      There were seven flood warnings in place for the Midlands, two for the north-east, one for the north-west and one for Scotland.

      Flooding has also hit Ireland, where more than 50 homes and many businesses were flooded and several thousand left without power after 50mm of rain fell in a seven-hour period across Cork.

      There were fears in Northern Ireland that overnight flooding which swamped Belfast could happen again. Further downpours were forecast as thousands struggled to clean up damage caused by flooding across the city and parts of Co Antrim.

      Emergency services reported receiving more than 700 callouts linked to flooding in Belfast, while the region’s water authority said it handled nearly 3,000 flood calls, and 1,000 homes were hit by power cuts.


      Storms / Flooding



      Active tropical storm system(s)
      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 30.09.2012 Hurricane II 340 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 5.79 m NOAA NHC Details






      Tropical Storm data

      Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: 28th September 2012
      Track long: 1,376.35 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      Date Time Position Speed
      Category Course Wave Pressure Source
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      Date Time Position Speed
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      30th Sep 2012 06:48:45 N 35° 36.000, W 37° 30.000 17 139 167 Hurricane II 340 ° 19 984 MB NOAA NHC
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      Date Time Position Category Wind
      02nd Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 37° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
      03rd Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 36° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
      04th Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 37° 30.000, W 33° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC



      Jelewat (18W) Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 30.09.2012 Typhoon I 35 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details



      Tropical Storm data

      Storm name: Jelewat (18W)
      Area: Pacific Ocean
      Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
      Start up: 20th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,242.90 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: JTWC
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      Date Time Position Speed
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      30th Sep 2012 06:49:54 N 31° 36.000, E 134° 18.000 46 120 148 Typhoon I 35 ° 20 JTWC
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      Norman (EP14) Pacific Ocean – East 28.09.2012 30.09.2012 Tropical Depression 25 ° 46 km/h 65 km/h 3.66 m JTWC Details




      Tropical Storm data

      Storm name: Norman (EP14)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 22° 48.000, W 108° 36.000
      Start up: 28th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 254.98 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      30th Sep 2012 06:50:49 N 25° 54.000, W 110° 48.000 11 46 65 Tropical Depression 25 ° 12 NOAA NHC
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      台風17号沖縄を直撃 Typhoon Jelawat Slams Okinawa

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      台風17号が強風を伴って沖縄那覇市内を直撃 2012年9月29日 / Breaking news footage of typhoon Jelawat slamming Okinawa, Japan on 29th September 2012. Footage not to be used without my permission. For licensing please email James (at) EarthUncut (dot) tv

      NHK – Jelawat moves across Japan (intense tyhoon)

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      NHK World News —- Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai

      Description — Southern Japan is being battered by a powerful typhoon.

      The Meteorological Agency says typhoon Jelawat was 210 kilometers southwest of Tanegashima Island as of 4 AM on Sunday. The typhoon is moving northeast at 40 kilometers per hour.

      The agency says the atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm is 945 hectopascals with winds of up to 162 kilometers an hour.

      The typhoon is expected to continue northward and approach western Japan with rainfall of 50 millimeters per hour.

      At least 85 people have been treated for injuries so far. More than 4,400 households have received evacuation advisories in Kagoshima Prefecture, which will affect about 9,300 residents.

      The typhoon has knocked out electrical power at about 260,000 households in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures.
      Sep. 29, 2012 – Updated 19:35 UTC (04:35 JST)

      Hundreds killed in Pakistan flooding

      By the CNN Wire Staff
      People flee flooded areas in Shahdadkot, Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 28.
      People flee flooded areas in Shahdadkot, Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 28.

      • Flooding in Pakistan has left more than 420 people dead and nearly 3,000 injured, official says
      • The floods, which have also displaced some 350,000 people, follow monsoon rains
      • Pakistan was also hit by devastating floods last year and in 2010

      Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Floods resulting from monsoon rains have killed 422 people and left nearly 3,000 injured across Pakistan, a disaster agency spokesman said Saturday.

      Some 350,000 people have been forced from their homes and another 4.7 million people affected by the flooding since August 22, Ahmed Kamal of the National Disaster Management Authority said.

      More than 15,000 villages have been affected and many houses destroyed or damaged in the past five weeks, he said.

      Pakistan has suffered a series of devastating inundations, affecting millions of people, in recent years.

      Pakistan, India hit by deadly flooding

      Flooding last year killed 470 people and impacted 9.1 million others, Kamal said.

      In the worst-affected area of Sindh province, in southeastern Pakistan, the waters submerged more than 4.5 million acres of farming land, damaging an estimated 80% of cash crops.

      Many in the country were at that point barely recovering from massive and deadly flooding in August 2010, which left a fifth of the country submerged by water, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

      Those floods lasted for weeks, affecting more than 20 million people and leaving 1,985 people dead, Kamal said.

      Much of the land inundated in 2010 was in Punjab province, Pakistan’s breadbasket, where many people live off the soil and their livestock. Great hardship followed for millions in the wake of the flooding.

      Pakistan floods kill 371, affect 4.47 million

      by Staff Writers
      Islamabad (AFP)

      Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 371 people and affected nearly 4.5 million, the government’s disaster relief agency said on Friday.

      Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010, when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

      As in 2010 and 2011, most of those hit by the latest floods are in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 2.8 million were affected, with nearly 890,000 in Punjab and 700,000 in Baluchistan.

      Nearly 290,000 people around the country have been forced to seek shelter in relief camps, NDMA said in figures published on its website.

      The floods began in early September, with nearly 80 killed in flash floods, mostly in the northwest and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

      An NDMA spokesman said the government was not yet appealing for foreign assistance.

      “The government’s point of view is that the situation will be handled from own resources,” Ahmad Kamal told AFP.

      More than a million acres (400,000 hectares) of crops have been destroyed by the floods across the country, NDMA said, and nearly 8,000 cattle have been killed.

      UN children’s agency UNICEF, quoting a separate flood assessment, said at least 2.8 million people had been affected, including 1.4 million children, of whom more than 390,000 are under five.

      UNICEF said it was providing 183,000 people a day with drinking water but warned it urgently needed more funds.

      “Children from very poor families are among the worst affected by the severe flooding and they need our immediate help,” said UNICEF Pakistan Deputy Representative Karen Allen.

      “UNICEF urgently needs $15.4 million to scale up its water, sanitation and hygiene response to reach around 400,000 people over the next three to six months.”

      UNICEF said that according to its assessment, more than half of those affected by the floods were concentrated in just five districts, two each in Sindh and Baluchistan and one in Punjab.

      It said 360,000 people had been left without shelter and three quarters of children in the five worst-affected districts were unable to go to school, either because the buildings have been destroyed or because they are being used as temporary shelters.

      The UN agency voiced particular concern about children forced from their homes, saying loss of access to safe water supplies left them vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, measles, polio and pneumonia.

      More than 20,000 families in Sindh have been provided with hygiene kits including water purification tablets, UNICEF said, as part of efforts to prevent deadly water-borne diseases.

      Morocco flooding kills 3

      Rabat (AFP) Sept 29, 2012 – Two women and a teenaged boy have died in flooding that has plagued Morocco over the past two days, authorities said on Saturday.

      A 50-year-old woman, her daughter-in-law and the 14-year-old boy were swept away by flash flooding on Friday in the western region of Safi.

      The younger woman was rescued, but later died in hospital in the Atlantic coastal city of Safi, southwest of Rabat.

      The North African kingdom has been inundated by unseasonal rains and hit by heavy winds since Thursday.

      In Agadir, south of Safi, authorities said more than 50 millimetres (about two inches) of rain have fallen since then, a fifth of normal annual precipitation.

      And the highway linking Safi with Essaouira, further south, was closed to traffic because of the storms.

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      Breaking News: Spain Tornado Hits Fair As ‘Floods’ Kill 10

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      Ten people have been killed in flash floods in southern Spain and a British woman is missing, while dozens were hurt as a tornado ripped through a fairground.

      A 52-year-old British woman is among those missing after torrential rain hit the Andalusia and Murcia regions, and hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes.

      The hardest hit provinces are Malaga in the south and Almeria in the southeast.

      Among the dead are seven men, two women and a 10-year-old girl who was found drowned in a car.

      Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was investigating reports that the unnamed British woman has gone missing in Almeria.

      In the region of Valencia, 35 people were reportedly injured after a tornado hit a fairground and flattened a Ferris wheel.
      Spain Flooding has hit southern parts of Spain

      Local media said all the injured were fairground workers and 15 were seriously hurt.

      The twister damaged several other rides and cut electricity in the temporary fairground set up in the town of Gandia.

      The funfair was closed to the public at the time because of a thunderstorm, reports said.

      On the beach at El Saler, near Valenica, two cargo ships have run ashore and the ports of Valencia and Sagunto were temporarily closed on Saturday.

      The flooding has also disrupted high-speed train services between Madrid and Valencia and various regional lines, while some bridges and roads have been made impassible.

      Around 500 people have been moved from their homes, although some evacuees have begun to return home to clear up the mess with the help of local authority workers.

      Forecasters say the heavy rain, which started on Friday morning, is moving east and will eventually head northwards toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

      The deluge comes after months of virtual drought and soaring summer temperatures all over Spain that triggered thousands of wildfires.



      30.09.2012 Flash Flood Spain Andalusia, Alora Damage level



      Flash Flood in Spain on Friday, 28 September, 2012 at 16:44 (04:44 PM) UTC.

      Torrential downpours in southern Spain have caused flash floods that have killed one person, swamped homes and swept cars down roads transformed into raging rivers. An official in the town of Alora says homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. She did not have more details and spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with town policy. Images in Spanish media showed wrecked cars carried away by flash floods, rivers overflowing their banks and people sweeping muddy water out of their homes. The heavy rains started early Friday morning. The hardest hit area included Alora and other nearby towns inland from the Mediterranean city of Malaga.






      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Genetic Sleuthing Uncovers Deadly New Virus in Africa

      ScienceDaily   — An isolated outbreak of a deadly disease known as acute hemorrhagic fever, which killed two people and left one gravely ill in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer of 2009, was probably caused by a novel virus scientists have never seen before.

      Collecting samples in the Jungles of Boma in 2009 after the outbreak. (Credit: Courtesy of Metabiota)

      Described this week in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, the new microbe has been named Bas-Congo virus (BASV) after the province in the southwest corner of the Congo where the three people lived.

      It was discovered by an international research consortium that included the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of California, Davis (UCD), Global Viral, the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon, the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Metabiota and others.

      “Known viruses, such as Ebola, HIV and influenza, represent just the tip of the microbial iceberg,” said Joseph Fair, PhD, a co-author and vice president of Metabiota. “Identifying deadly unknown viruses, such as Bas-Congo virus, gives us a leg up in controlling future outbreaks.”

      “These are the only three cases known to have occurred, although there could be additional outbreaks from this virus in the future,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF and director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, who spearheaded the UCSF effort to identify the virus. Chiu and his team continue to work on new diagnostics to detect the virus so that health officials in Congo and elsewhere can quickly identify it should it emerge again.

      One odd characteristic of the Bas-Congo virus, Chiu said, is that while a number of other viruses in Africa also cause deadly outbreaks of acute hemorrhagic fever — Ebola virus, Lassa virus and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus to name a few — the new virus is unlike any of them.

      Genetically it is more closely related to the types of viruses that cause rabies, which are known to infect people with a very different sort of disease — a neurological illness that is uniformly fatal if untreated but may take months to develop.

      An antibody test developed in this study was applied to the one patient who survived and to others who had come into contact with him. It suggested that the disease may be spread from person to person but likely originated from some other source, such as an insect or rodent.

      The identity of this animal “reservoir” and the precise mode of transmission for the virus remain unclear and are currently being investigated by Metabiota and the central African members of the consortium through the PREDICT Project of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. (

      How the New Virus Emerged

      In the summer of 2009, a 15-year old boy in a small rural community called Mangala village suddenly fell ill and developed a bleeding nose, bleeding gums and bloody vomit. He rapidly worsened, dying within three days of the first signs of illness.

      A week later, a 13-year old girl who attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood as the boy came down with a similar, serious illness. She declined just as rapidly and also died within three days. One week after that, the male nurse who cared for this girl began showing the same symptoms, and he was transferred to a hospital in Boma, a nearby port city that sits along the Congo River upstream from Africa’s Atlantic coast.

      Members of the consortium, who had initiated a project to diagnose unusual cases of severe hemorrhagic fever, obtained blood samples collected from the nurse by the Congolese doctors and sent them to the laboratory of Eric Leroy, PhD, doctor of veterinary medicine at the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon. There the samples were tested for traces of any known virus, but nothing was found. The Metabiota scientists then solicited the expertise of Chiu at UCSF and Eric Delwart at the Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI) in San Francisco to aid in the diagnosis.

      The researchers ultimately identified a completely new virus as the cause of the mysterious illness through a powerful strategy for identifying novel pathogens known as “deep sequencing,” in which millions of DNA sequences are generated from a clinical sample and then pieced together using computer algorithms combined with human analysis.

      Distinct Attributes of Bas-Congo

      The Bas-Congo virus belongs to a family of viruses known as the rhabdoviruses, a large family of viruses that infect plants, insects and mammals, including humans. The most famous member of this family is the virus that causes rabies. But even among the rhabdoviruses, Bas-Congo is something of an outlier, being very genetically distinct from other members of the family.

      What’s most unusual about this virus, though, said Chiu, is what it does to people.

      No other rhabdoviruses are known to cause the acute, rapid and deadly hemorrhagic fever seen in the three cases in the Congo. Rabies, for instance, can be a deadly disease if untreated, but the course of rabies in humans is nothing like the rapid and deadly onset seen with the Bas-Congo virus. There is some precedent, however, for hemorrhagic disease from rhabdoviruses in the animal kingdom: fish rhabdoviruses are known to cause hemorrhagic septicemia — acute bleeding and death — in affected fish.

      The third patient had enormous amounts of BASV in his bloodstream just two days after he fell ill — more than a million copies in every milliliter of blood.

      The BASV sequence was also used to design an antibody test for the virus, an effort led by Graham Simmons at the BSRI, another member of the consortium. Antibodies are blood immune proteins produced in response to an infection. The antibody test allowed the researchers to screen both the third patient with acute hemorrhagic fever and other people who had come into contact with the third patient, including the nurse who cared for him in the Boma hospital. High levels of BASV-specific antibodies were found in the third patient, establishing that he indeed had been infected with Bas-Congo virus. The same antibodies were also found in the second nurse, even though he never actually became sick.

      “What this suggests is that the disease may be transmissible from person to person — though it’s most likely to have originated from some other source,” said Nathan Wolfe, PhD, founder and chairman of Global Viral, and a co-author on the paper. “The fact that it belongs to a family of viruses known to infect a wide variety of mammals, insects and other animals means that it may perpetually exist in insect or other ‘host’ species and was accidentally passed to humans through insect bites or some other means.”

      The research consortium includes San Francisco-based Global Viral, Metabiota, UCSF, BSRI, as well as researchers with the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon; the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, France; the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University; and the Howard Hughes Medical Center.

      This work was funded by support from, the Skoll Foundation, the government of Gabon, Total-Fina-Elf Gabon, and the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes de la France, the U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of Global Emerging Infections, Surveillance Operations (AFHSC GEIS) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (DTRA-CBEP), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, PREDICT project. Additional funding was provided by the National Institutes of Health provided via grant numbers R01-HL083254, R01-HL105770, R56-AI089532, and R01-HL105704 and by an Abbott Viral Discovery Award.

      * Global Viral was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Initiative.

      **Metabiota was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Inc.

      29.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Indiana, Riley Damage level Details

      Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 29 September, 2012 at 17:34 (05:34 PM) UTC.

      Riley Hospital for Children is back in operation after a mysterious illness resulted in a lockdown on Thursday. Seven adults got sick and four others were hospitalized Thursday due to an unknown substance they were exposed to inside the emergency room at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. All of those hospitalized have since been relased according to Riley spokeswoman, Abigail Gras. It all started with an odd smell, which Riley staff members confirmed, prompting a call to the Indianapolis Fire Department. At approximately 11:50 a.m., an IFD hazardous materials team responded, along with members of the Department of Homeland Security, to investigate a possible chemical spill inside the hospital’s emergency room. IFD spokesman Lt. Derrick Sayles later said there wasn’t a chemical spill. Crews were still trying to identify the mystery subtance that caused seven adults to fall ill at Riley, even though investigators admit they may never know what made them sick. “At this time, everything we found is inconclusive,” said Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons at a news conference Friday afternoon.Marion County Health Department Director, Dr. Virginia Caine, confirmed the inconclusive findings, “We’ve used the most sophisticated tests that we have already,” she said. “Usually when you get to this stage, it’s very rare that you identify something later.” Riley says its hospital did everything right to respond: a major lockdown and extensive testing by Hazmat, the Health Department, even experts at the National Guard. They ruled out benzene and any gases associated with bio-terrorism. “Our monitors would pick up on any kind of chemical like that,” Coons told reporters. Thankfully, all 7 adults who were sickened reported no additional symptoms hours after exposure to the mystery substance, nor has any one else reported getting sick since it all began. Unfortunately, them may never know what made them sick. As of today, health officials report that we may likely never know what noxious substance triggered the hospital lockdown and caused people to get sick.
      Biohazard name: Unidentified illness
      Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
      Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
      Status: suspected


      Climate Change

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

       by Kim Martineau

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study Enlarge Glaciers on Svalbard are retreating rapidly. Credit: William D’Andrea
      Glaciers on Svalbard are retreating rapidly. Credit: William D’Andrea (—Summers on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard are now warmer than at any other time in the last 1,800 years, including during medieval times when parts of the northern hemisphere were as hot as, or hotter, than today, according to a new study in the journal Geology.
      “The Medieval Warm Period was not as uniformly warm as we once thought—we can start calling it the Medieval Period again,” said the study’s lead author, William D’Andrea, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “Our record indicates that recent summer temperatures on Svalbard are greater than even the warmest periods at that time.” The naturally driven Medieval Warm Period, from about 950 to 1250, has been a favorite time for people who deny evidence that humans are heating the planet with industrial greenhouse gases. But the climate reconstruction from Svalbard casts new doubt on that era’s reach, and undercuts skeptics who argue that current warming is also natural. Since 1987, summers on Svalbard have been 2 degrees to 2.5 degrees C (3.6 to 4.5 degrees F) hotter than they were there during warmest parts of the Medieval Warm Period, the study found. Researchers produced the 1,800 year climate record by analyzing levels of unsaturated fats in algae buried in the sediments of Kongressvatnet lake, in western Svalbard. In colder water, algae make more unsaturated fats, or alkenones; in warmer water, they produce more saturated fats. Like pages in a book, the unsaturation level of fats can provide a record of past climate. So far, most Arctic climate records have come from ice cores that preserve only annual layers of cold-season snowfall, and thus cold-season temperatures. But lake sediments, with their record of summertime temperatures, can tell scientists how climate varied the rest of the year and in places where ice sheets are absent. “We need both ice core and lake sediment records,” said Elisabeth Isaksson, a glaciologist at the Norwegian Polar Institute who was not involved in the study. “Here, Billy has found something that tells a different, more detailed story.” In looking at how summers on Svalbard varied, researchers also discovered that the region was not particularly cold during another recent anomalous period—the “Little Ice Age” of the 18th and 19th centuries, when glaciers on Svalbard surged to their greatest extent in the last 10,000 years and glaciers in many parts of Western Europe also grew.They suggest that more snow, rather than colder temperatures, may have fed the growth of Svalbard glaciers.
      Evidence from tree rings and ice cores shows that southern Greenland and parts of North America were warmer from 950 to 1250 than today, with the Vikings taking advantage of ice-free waters to settle Greenland. Some regions also saw prolonged drought, including California, Nevada and the Mississippi Valley, leading some scientists to coin the term Medieval Climate Anomaly to emphasize the extreme shift in precipitation rather than temperature. A natural increase in solar radiation during this time was responsible for warming parts of the northern hemisphere, with a rise in volcanic activity from 1100 to 1260 causing milder winters, University of Massachusetts scientist Ray Bradley explained in a 2003 Perspective piece in Science. Bradley is a co-author of the Svalbard lake sediment study. Western Svalbard began to gradually warm in 1600, the researchers found, when the northern arm of the Gulf Stream, known as the West Spitsbergen Current, may have brought more tropical water to the region. In 1890, the warming began to accelerate, with researchers attributing most of the warming since about 1960 to rising industrial greenhouse gas levels. Ice cores from Svalbard, by contrast, show a slight cooling over the last 1,800 years. The conflicting evidence suggests that temperatures may have fluctuated more sharply between winter and summer, said Anne Hormes, a quaternary geologist at the University Centre in Svalbard who was not involved in the study. D’Andrea and his colleagues dated their lake cores by analyzing grains of glass spewed by volcanoes hundreds of miles away in Iceland. Those past eruptions— Snæfellsjökullin 170, Hekla in 1104 and Öræfajökull in 1362—all left unique chemical time markers on Svalbard’s lake sediments. “We know fairly precisely when these eruptions occurred, which is rare in the geologic record,” said study co-author Nicholas Balascio, a scientist at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Recent temperature measurements show that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, with sea ice this summer shrinking to its smallest extent on record. Natural feedbacks are amplifying the warming as loss of reflective sea ice causes the ocean to absorb more of the sun’s energy, melting more sea ice, which causes more energy absorption, and so on. Climate models suggest that by 2100 Svalbard will warm more than any other landmass on earth, due to a combination of sea-ice loss and changes in atmospheric and oceanic circulation, according to the International Panel on Climate Change 2007 report. In a study published last year in the journal Advances in Meteorology, Norwegian researchers estimate that average winter temperature in Svalbard could rise by as much as 10 degrees C, or 18 degrees Fahrenheit.


      Solar Activity

      2MIN News Sept 29. 2012

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      Pole Shift Video:

      More on the Mars Pics:
      Arctic Temps:
      More on the Mars Pics:

      Spaceweather: [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

      HAARP: [Click online data, and have a little fun]

      SDO: [Place to find Solar Images and Videos – as seen from earth]

      SOHO: [SOHO; Lasco and EIT – as seen from earth]

      Stereo: [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI – as seen from the side]

      SunAEON: [Just click it… trust me]

      SOLARIMG: [All purpose data viewing site]

      iSWA: [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]


      US Wind Map:

      NOAA Bouys:

      NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory:

      RSOE: [That cool alert map I use]

      GOES Xray:

      JAPAN Radiation Map:


      Gamma Ray Bursts: [Really? You can’t figure out what this one is for?]

      BARTOL Cosmic Rays: [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

      TORCON: [Tornado Forecast for the day]

      GOES Weather: [Clouds over America]





      INTELLICAST: [Weather site used by many youtubers]

      NASA News:

      PHYSORG: [GREAT News Site!]






       Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

      Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
      (2012 RH10) 03rd October 2012 2 day(s) 0.1260 49.0 98 m – 220 m 12.90 km/s 46440 km/h
      (2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 8 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
      (1994 EK) 14th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
      (2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
      (2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 17 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO




      sinkholeIs the growing sinkhole crises at Bayou Corne Louisiana  worsening?  Is the state of Louisiana, the feds and Texas Brine Company doing enough to protect the area, the residents and the region?

      On Tuesday, a 30 x 50 section caved in pulling down more trees and part of an access road.

      According to the Advocate, “Other developments regarding the sinkhole emergency have emerged in recent days, state and parish officials said:

      • Sonar testing results of a damaged Texas Brine salt cavern and samples of material found in the cavern are being analyzed to better understand what happened to the cavern suspected as the cause of the sinkhole.
      • Testing of hydrocarbon liquids from a Texas Brine investigatory well into the cavern may provide a definite link between the cavern and the sinkhole.
      • Another location where natural gas bubbles to the surface of area waterways emerged and samples of its gas emissions have been captured for testing.

      In announcing their cavern sustained damage, Texas Brine officials said Monday that a tool used to measure the depth of the underground cavern found its floor is 1,300 feet shallower than when it was plugged and abandoned in mid 2011. That new, shallower point is 4,000 feet underground.

      The company said the findings indicated “some type of dense material has fallen to the bottom of the cavern.”

      Parish and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources officials are trying to get a better idea about the nature and amount of material found Monday inside the 20-million-barrel salt cavern, said Patrick Courreges, DNR spokesman.

      The sinkhole has been in existence now  since August 3 of this year, prior to Hurricane Isaac.

      According to environmental attorney Stuart Smith, something smells.  Smith, who has been critical of the state and Texas Brine and others, stated today in a emailer sent to the public:

      But the stench from the latest whopper from Texas Brine is more foul than any odor from the growing slurry pit:

      The Louisiana Office of Conservation Commissioner James Welsh ordered Texas Brine Co. of Houston Tuesday to turn over all studies and data supporting its claim that tremors caused the failure of the company’s salt cavern in Assumption Parish, the agency said.

      The order, which threatens fines or penalties for noncompliance, follows Texas Brine’s statement late Monday night that regional seismic activity damaged an abandoned company salt cavern that has been suspected as the cause of a 4-acre sinkhole erupting near the Bayou Corne community.

      You read that correctly. Remember, this is the site were Texas Brine warned state officials more than a year and a half ago that there might be problems with the cavern’s integrity, and then neither the company nor the state lifted a finger this summer when the ground began to shake and gases began bubbling up from underground. And yet now Texas Brine is trying to pull a fast one by claiming the earth tremors caused the cavern to sink — not the other way around.

      A federal official called out the company’s claim as preposterous:

      But, in Tuesday’s statement from the Office of Conservation, researchers also studying the quakes disputed that claim.

      William Leith, U.S. Geological Survey senior adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards, said that the USGS consensus is that the seismic activity detected in the area is a consequence of the cavern collapse, not the cause of the collapse and sinkhole/slurry area, the office’s statement says.

      The bottom line just keeps growing bigger in Bayou Corne, and the ultimate bottom line is this: Somebody is going to have to pay for both the environmental carnage and the psychological stresses have been dumped on this small bayou community. Now Texas Brine has the audacity to portray this as an act of God, when clearly this crisis was created by humans acting recklessly. Even if the sinkhole swallows the entire town, it can’t swallow the truth.




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      Politics  :  Government Corruption – Hypocrisy – War on terror



      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      The anti-Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) paid immense bribes to top American politicians to gain their support for delisting the group from the US terror watch list, a New York Times report says.

      The revelation comes as US State Secretary Hillary Clinton officially de-listed the MKO from its terror watch list on September 21.

      The NY Times article reaffirms that the support of prominent American politicians for the MKO organization has undoubtedly played a role in the de-listing of the MKO organization as a terrorist group.

      Press TV has conducted an interview with Michael Maloof, former Pentagon official, to further discuss the issue.

       Politics, Legislation and Economy News

      War on terror :  Politics

      Guantanamo’s last Western detainee returned to Canada

      File of a courtroom sketch of Canadian defendant Khadr attending a hearing at Guantanamo Bay

      File of a courtroom sketch of Canadian defendant Khadr attending a hearing at Guantanamo Bay (reuters_tickers)

      By Rod Nickel

      WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – The youngest prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base, Omar Khadr, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada on Saturday, the Canadian government said.

      Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said that Khadr, who was a 15-year-old fighting in Afghanistan when captured in 2002, had been flown from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a military base in Trenton, Ontario and transferred to the province’s Millhaven maximum-security prison.

      Khadr’s case has been controversial both in Canada and abroad given his age when he was captured, the nature of his detention and hearing, and the reluctance of Canadian officials to accept his return.

      “I am satisfied the Correctional Service of Canada can administer Omar Khadr’s sentence in a manner which recognizes the serious nature of the crimes that he has committed and ensure the safety of Canadians is protected during incarceration,” Toews said in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

      A U.S. war crimes tribunal in 2010 sentenced Khadr, now 26, to 40 years in prison, although he was expected to serve just a few more years under a deal that included his admission he was an al Qaeda conspirator who murdered a U.S. soldier.

      Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included murdering American Army medic Christopher Speer with a grenade in a 2002 firefight, conspiring with al Qaeda to commit terrorist acts, making roadside bombs to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan, spying on American military convoys and providing material support for terrorism.

      Khadr was the first person since World War Two to be prosecuted in a war crimes tribunal for acts committed as a juvenile. He was the youngest prisoner still at Guantanamo, but younger boys were previously held there.

      Canadian-born Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, a senior al Qaeda member who apprenticed the boy to a group of bomb makers who opened fire when U.S. troops came to their compound. Khadr was captured in the firefight, during which he was blinded in one eye and shot twice in the back.


      “He’s finding it hard to believe that this has finally happened,” said John Norris, one of Khadr’s lawyers, according to a Canadian Press report. “His spirits are good. He is very, very happy to be home.”

      In a written statement, Toews said Canada received Khadr’s application for transfer from the United States on April 13, 2012. He said U.S. officials assured Canada it would receive a videotape copy of an interview with Khadr, but it, along with other videotapes of interviews and unedited reports, was not sent until this month.

      Former Canadian ambassador Gar Pardy, however, said Canada’s Conservative government, which cultivates an image of being tough on crime, dragged out the transfer.

      “I think the government was mainly very mean-spirited in how it handled the case,” Pardy said to CTV News.

      The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Canada breached Khadr’s rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him in Guantanamo Bay in 2003 and 2004 and sharing the results with the United States. Khadr’s continuing detention meant his rights were still being infringed, the judges ruled. The top court also said that Canada was not obliged to repatriate him, however.

      Toews said he remains concerned that Khadr “idealizes” his father and denies Ahmed Khadr’s association with al Qaeda. The Canadian public safety minister said he is also troubled by how “radicalized” Khadr has become from his time in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Guantanamo Bay.

      The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that it transferred Khadr to Canada, leaving 166 detainees at Guantanamo.

      In the 2008 presidential election campaign, President Barack Obama promised to close the Guantanamo prison during his term, but that pledge has gone unfulfilled amid security concerns among Americans and opposition from Congress, which enacted laws making it more difficult to transfer prisoners from Guantanamo.

      The transfer represents progress, but the Guantanamo prison should close immediately, said Suzanne Nossel, Amnesty International USA’s executive director.

      Canadian authorities should also investigate Khadr’s allegations of torture while in the prison, she said.

      “Canada now has the chance to right some of these wrongs.”

      Khadr’s sentence will expire on October 30, 2018.

      (Additional reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson in Toronto and Jane Sutton in Miami; Editing by Bill Trott and Sandra Maler)







      Wars and Rumors of War

      Politics  :  Military Maneuvers – Government Overreach – World News



      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      Kenyan forces surround al-Shabab militants’ final stronghold, Bahrainis stage massive marches on the “Friday of Rage,” Palestinians shrug off Abbas’s bid for UN statehood, and more.

      Today’s headlines in full:

      Kenyan forces surround al-Shabab militants’ final stronghold
      BBC Arabic, UK

      Bahrainis stage massive marches on the ‘Friday of Rage’
      Al-Alam, Iran

      Palestinians shrug off Abbas’s bid for UN statehood
      Dubai TV, UAE

      What will happen to Arab citizens if Israel is recognized as a Jewish state?
      Al Jazeera, Qatar

      Fierce clashes as Syrian rebels launch major offensive to take Aleppo
      Future TV, Lebanon

      UNHRC condemns widespread rights violations by Syrian government forces
      IBA, Israel

      Syria, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran top P5 talks
      IBA, Israel

      Israel slams South African ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’ label for goods
      IBA, Israel

      Analysts question Netanyahu’s mental health after UN bomb speech
      Press TV, Iran

      Libya: Chaos in lawlessness after NATO brought democracy
      Syria TV, Syria

      Image: Members of al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabab listen to a Somalia government soldier as they are paraded at Maslah square after their surrender to the authorities in the north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu September 24, 2012: REUTERS/Omar Faruk

      Mosaic is a Peabody Award-winning daily compilation of television news reports from the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Iraq and Iran. Watch more Mosaic at

      Politics, Legislation and Economy News

      Politics  :  Corruption – Voting -Special Interests – Hypocrisy



      Voter fraud  and   poll rigging  by the  RNC in  Maine

      Crossroads News : Changes In The World Around Us And Our Place In It

      IT  :  Security – Collection of Personal Data – Social Networks – Invasion Of Privacy

      Feds snooping on email activity and social networks, without warrants – and it’s on the rise


      Private investigator, courtesy of ShutterstockCrime-fighting authorities in the United States can snoop upon your email activity, who you are instant messaging, and what you are up to on Facebook, Google Plus and other social networks in real-time, not only without your permission – but without even requiring a warrant.

      And, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), this real-time access by federal investigators to your online activity is on the rise.

      Documents released by the ACLU on Thursday show that law enforcement agencies in the United States have greatly increased surveillance of Americans’ electronic communications, and often the surveillance happens without a warrant or judicial oversight.

      The documents were released by the U.S. Department of Justice in response to a February 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (PDF) by the ACLU.

      They show a sharp rise in the use of two types of surveillance in the last five years: “trap and trace” and “pen register”.

      Orders for pen registers and trap and trace devices used to spy on phones increased by 60% between 2009 and 2011, from 23,535 to 37,616. The number of individuals whose communications were the subject of surveillance more than tripled in the same period, from approximately 15,000 to 45,000, ACLU said.

      Requests to eavesdrop on electronic communications such as email and network data jumped during the same period, also. Trap and Trace requests for electronic data, for example, increased from just over 100 in 2009 to 800 in 2011, the ACLU found.

      Graph from ACLU

      Pen registers capture outgoing data from a subject over telecommunications lines. Trap and trace surveillance tools capture incoming data.

      Historically, the tools were physical devices attached to telephone lines in order to covertly record the incoming and outgoing numbers dialed. Today, no special equipment is required to record this information, as interception capabilities are built into the call-routing hardware of telecoms firms.

      According to the ACLU, the surveillance requests do not require a warrant, because American courts consider the data in question – phone numbers, the “to” and “from” addresses in an email, records about IM conversations, etc – to be “non-content” information, which is not covered by the Constitution’s 4th Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure.

      Man with magnifying glass, courtesy of ShutterstockTo initiate pen register or trap and trace surveillance under the act, therefore, law enforcement can simply request approval from a judge by saying that the information they are likely to obtain is “relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation”.

      Judges don’t get to weigh the merits of that claim.

      The ACLU took the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to court in May to force the government to release the data about its electronic surveillance activities. The ACLU said that the DOJ is required to release the surveillance statistics to Congress each year, but rarely does so.

      Past FOIA requests by the ACLU also document the sharp increase in surveillance requests. A 2010 request covering 2006 to 2009 showed that original requests for pen register and trap and trace doubled in that period, as well, from 11,000 to 24,000.

      Together with the data released this week, the evidence suggests that law enforcement surveillance requests have more than tripled between 2006 and 2012.

      The ACLU said that legislation is needed to toughen the requirement for the government to regularly update the public about its surveillance activities.

      The civil liberties group also said that courts should reconsider the 1979 ruling (Smith v. Maryland) that set a lower standard for pen register and trap and trace monitoring than for traditional wire taps.

      ACLU wrote:

      The distinction from which these starkly different legal requirements arise is based on an erroneous factual premise, specifically that individuals’ lack a privacy interest in non-content information... Non-content information can still be extremely invasive, revealing who you communicate with in real time and painting a vivid picture of the private details of your life... The low legal standard currently applied to pen register and trap and trace devices allows the government to use these powerful surveillance tools with very little oversight in place to safeguard Americans’ privacy.

      You can view the Pen Register and Trap and Trace documents online here.

      Politics, Legislation and Economy News

      Economic News  :  Global Economy – Jobs – Fiscal Irresponsibility




      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      Every fourth person under the age of 25 in Britain is currently out of work. And despite government efforts, many young people say there are no opportunities available for them. RT’s Sara Firth reports.

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      Crossroads News : Changes In The World Around Us And Our Place In It

      Environmental  :  Chemicals  –  Hydraulic Fracking  –  Gas –  Research

      Pollutants linked to ‘fracking’ found in Wyoming groundwater

      By Zack Colman

      Chemicals linked to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” have been found again in the groundwater of a town in Wyoming that has become a flashpoint in the debate over the drilling practice.

      A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report found traces of methane, ethane and phenol in a monitoring well in rural Pavillion, Wyo., where residents say fracking has contaminated their drinking water.

      Pavillion was thrust to the forefront of the fracking debate in December of 2011, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported finding groundwater contaminants in two wells there. That report, which drew harsh criticism from the natural-gas industry, represented the first time the U.S. government had made a connection between fracking and groundwater pollution.

      Alisha Johnson, a spokeswoman with the EPA, told The Hill that the USGS findings are “generally consistent” with EPA’s earlier tests.

      But a natural-gas industry group questioned the assertion that the USGS study matched the EPA’s earlier tests, noting USGS did not test one of the two monitoring wells because the water levels were too low. In March, the Bureau of Land Management issued a report warning that a small sample size, such as the one used by EPA, could create statistical bias in the groundwater samples.

      Fracking is a process that injects a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into tight rock formations to unlock natural gas. The practice has been credited with reenergizing the domestic gas industry by unlocking hard-to-reach gas deposits.

      The natural-gas industry has said fracking is safe, and says studies linking it to groundwater contamination and seismic activity are false.

      But environmentalists have opposed the practice and say it will have a devastating impact on water supplies. The test results in Wyoming are likely to reignite calls to halt fracking.

      Steve Everley, a spokesman for natural-gas industry group Energy in Depth, said the USGS decision to disqualify one of the EPA’s two Pavillion monitoring wells showed EPA’s original analysis was faulty.

      Everley said the new findings are better paired with those of the Bureau of Land Management, which told EPA its monitoring wells were insufficient for testing groundwater. It suggested adding more monitoring wells to remove possible bias from the sampling.

      “Perhaps the EPA should also listen to the Bureau of Land Management, which warned months ago that the results from one of EPA’s wells couldn’t be trusted, and advised the EPA to start over,” Everley told The Hill on Thursday. “But I suppose that, like so many other facts about Pavillion, wouldn’t generate the same sorts of headlines.”

      Congressional Democrats have warned about risks from fracking, and pressure on the Obama administration from Republicans and some Democrats to expedite natural-gas exports has added another element to the debate.

      In a letter sent to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Wednesday, 20 House Democrats urged the administration to conduct an environmental impact statement for the effects of fracking before approving natural-gas export agreements or facilities.

      The letter signatories expressed concern over U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that 63 percent of export demand would be met by increased production. Of that production, 85 percent of it would come from unconventional drilling, such as fracking.