Volcanoes Erupting Around the World

from National Geographic:

Photo of Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea.

Mount Tavurvur erupts in eastern Papua New Guinea on Friday. PHOTOGRAPH BY OLIVER BLUETT, AFP/GETTY

The Mount Tavurvur volcano in eastern Papua New Guinea jolted awake early Friday morning, belching rocks, ash, and steam (see above) nearly 60,000 feet (18,288 meters) into the air.

Local residents evacuated their homes on Friday, and Qantas Airways modified flight paths for planes heading to Tokyo and Shanghai from Sydney, Australia, according to news reports. (Watch video: “Volcano 101.”)

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ISIS More Trustworthy Than Obama

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So what do we know about the new Islamic Caliphate? Well, to start they are the most unconscionable vicious group we’ve ever seen. Worse than Hezbollah, Hamas and the Taliban. Worse than Al Qaeda, worse than even MS 13 or the Mexican drug cartels.

We know that they have territory within the new Caliphate that is now the size of Belgium, and growing. We also know they have more money than any terrorist gang that preceded them – I daresay, as much or more than some legitimate governments.

We know they’re better armed than some nations and have more fanatical “troops” than any other radical Islamic organization, by a stretch.

We know they acquired uranium (yes uranium) for use to make a dirty bomb and if we don’t think they’ll use it, we are fools.

Now the Obama administration – what do we know about them? That’s easy. We know that from “The One” on down, every decision he/they make his political. Not for the good of the country, but to achieve or maintain the political “upperhand”. read more

Joke of the Day

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop.

The surgeon was there, waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike.

The mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?”

The surgeon a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle. read more

It’s a War, Stupid!

from TIME:

This vocabulary of cowardice emanating from Berlin and Washington is as disgraceful as the black-is-white propaganda produced by Putin’s regime, and even more dangerous

As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and with more than 100 victims still unidentified the outrage has already dissipated into polite discussions about whether it should be investigated as a crime, a war crime, or neither. read more

New Obama Energy Standards

Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.

The administration says the standards will not only help the planet but also stimulate the economy by saving consumers money on their energy bills that they can spend elsewhere. read more

Where Do the Flight Attendants Sleep?

It’s not just holidaymakers who need to rest their heads during a long-haul flight.

Hard-working cabin crew also need to take some well-deserved time off. But have you ever wondered just where they go during their down time?

Due to revenue-generating passenger seats taking priority, Crew Rest Departments (CRCs) after often squashed into confined areas where space is at a premium.

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Enough room to swing a cat? A file picture reveals the Crew Rest Department onboard a Boing 777

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EPA: Every Puddle A Wetland

from CFACT:

Congressman Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, posted a series of maps he obtained via a FOIA request that EPA is using to plot wetlands.

Wetlands are a particularly sensitive issue right now as EPA evaluates its proposed rule to broaden what constitutes “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The new rule would bring huge new territory under EPA’s control under the Clean Water Act.

EPA water map SE org

Smith wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in which he stated: read more

iPad/iPhone Flexible Display

In two weeks, Apple is set to show off the features of its eagerly anticipated iPhone 6 handset.

But while the world waits for the new smartphone, engineers at the firm’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, are busy patenting futuristic features that could one day appear in iPads and iPhones.

In a patent granted today, plans are revealed for a mobile device with a flexible screen with hidden buttons beneath its surface.

In a patent granted today, plans are revealed for a mobile device with a flexible screen. This image shows how temporary  raised buttons (22) could push upwards under a screen (102) on demand, giving users the feeling of pushing a physical button, like the home button on an iPhone

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