Reported just now on CNNI – Anderson Cooper stated that reports have come saying the military leaders have dismissed the regime’s entrenched members and dismissed the Egyptian Parliament. I’ll have to go find that. It would be absolutely amazing. It would mean that opportunities for the future exist that didn’t exist even twenty minutes ago for Egypt and for the world community.
This has the video clip of Suleiman’s announcement about Mubarak stepping down –
From USA Today –
Update at 12:09 p.m. ET: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation has sent stock prices up and oil prices down, the Associated Press reports.
Reuters reports that parliament will be suspended and the military will lead the country along with the head of the constitutional court.
Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi will be the head of the ruling military council, Reuters quoted a military source as saying.
In related news, Switzerland has frozen the funds of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and 20 other officials, the Muslim Brotherhood said on its website on Friday.
That would be very good.
Swiss freeze possible Mubarak assets
“I can confirm that Switzerland has frozen possible assets of the former Egyptian president (Mubarak) with immediate effect,” spokesman Lars Knuchel said, declining to specify how much money was involved.
My Note –
That is amazing – Mubarak’s $70 billion gains in a total Egyptian economy something like $496 billion would mean that he has had personal ownership of ill-gotten assets amounting to greater than one tenth of the total economy.
It is about time the international community do something to look at that and possibly make it right by restoring those funds to the Egyptian people where they belong or return them to the nations and businesses from which Mubarak hijacked them.
We finally found something that we all agree upon – around the world, across the aisles of the US Congress and our political spectrum from one religion to another and across all the world’s people – that view of people standing up for freedom, for peace in their lives to live free and have their basic human rights honored, to have the opportunity to choose their own leaders and to no longer be beaten down, oppressed and cheated from their own lives.
Across the international community and across the spectrum of extremes – even yet for all that, we agree. Freedom from oppression is dear and valuable and important.
UK Prime Minister Cameron is speaking now.
“We stand ready to help in any way we can.”
Now, there is a statement being made by the Higher Military Council in Egypt
CNNI and on the Egyptian State Television
Expresses appreciation for the lives of the marchers – and honor for the efforts and the lives of the protesters including those that were lost.
From the BBC Coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron’s statement a few minutes ago –
Egypt has a “precious moment of opportunity” to move towards “civilian and democratic rule” in Egypt, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Mr Cameron said the UK is a friend of Egypt that stands ready to “help in any way that we can”.
My Note –
I should go find the entire statement made by UK’s Prime Minister Cameron – it was really wonderfully stated and exactly right.
President Obama will address the nation at 3 pm (according to Wolf Blitzer just now – CNN)
UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon is speaking on BBC Live Coverage – his statement can be found here –
1846: More from Ban Ki-moon: “The voice of the Egyptian people – particularly the youth – has been heard and it is for them to determine the future of their country. I commend the people of Egypt for the peaceful, courageous and orderly manner, in which they have exercised their legitimate rights. I call on all parties to continue in the same spirit.”
Received news on BBC notes just now that five more people have died in clashes north of Cairo somewhere near Gaza in protests there – Hmmm…..
They reported on it just a few seconds ago. What a shame. Apparently the protesters were hit by molotov cocktails or something?
I was looking for the statement to save it from UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon a few minutes ago – found this – very nifty –
The task of human protection is neither simple nor easy. We don’t always succeed. But we must keep trying to make a difference. That is our individual and collective responsibility.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Cyril Foster Lecture 2011 on “Human Protection and the 21st Century United Nations”
2 February 2011
His statement will probably show up in a little while. They are very busy right now, most certainly.
It was great. I’ll have to find it later when things slow down a bit.
The President will be speaking in about fifteen minutes.
It is an historic occasion and his words will ring out through history from this day. I hope they get it right.
Bloomberg showing what the Egyptian market “Futures” looked like on a chart at 11 am today as soon as Suleiman announced that Mubarak had stepped down – the values shot upwards like rockets. It would be worth seeing that chart on their online site or later when they repeat the story. truly substantial change. (my note)
Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Stocks rose, reversing an early drop, and the cost to insure Egyptian debt from default declined as the resignation of the nation’s President Hosni Mubarak and a jump in U.S. consumer confidence bolstered investor optimism.
The resignation eased concern that tensions will spread throughout a region that holds more than 50 percent of the world’s oil reserves.
February 11, 2011 at 1.36 pm (ET)
Note – that article does not have the chart they were showing on bloomberg news which clearly showed the jump in values made by purchases of Egyptian equities moments after Mubarak was gone.
On the BBC coverage online and on the tele I suppose, is showing the fireworks in the sky of Cairo in celebration of Mubarak being gone and freedom for Egypt. The show it every so often in the Live shots from Cairo.
It is here with a sidebar that constantly updates – very nifty – Live
** I was reading this one, too – it is interesting –
Longtime observers of the region say the stability Mubarak purchased for nearly three decades came at the cost of entrenched poverty and repression in the Arab world’s most populous nation.
“Egypt is a broken country,” Fawaz Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern relations at the London School of Economics, told CNN. “It used to be the jewel of the Middle East. It’s the capital of its cultural production.”
(etc. – it has some of an overview of the history that brought Mubarak to power but it isn’t super detailed about it all.)
[Update 9:27 p.m. in Cairo, 2:27 p.m. ET] Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh called Egypt “a pillar in the region” and sent along “wishes for stability, security and prosperity.” In a Twitter message, he said Jordan “respects free choice” of Egyptians and has confidence in the military to lead the country toward a “new era.”
[Update 8:58 p.m. in Cairo, 1:58 p.m. ET] China “understands and supports Egypt’s efforts to maintain social stability and restore normal order” and believes “that the affairs of Egypt should be decided by itself independently without intervention from the outside,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed Egypt’s “historic moment” and paid tribute to Hosni Mubarak’s decision to resign. France – which called for steps leading to free elections and reforms – urged Egyptians” to continue their non-violent march to freedom.”
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini on Friday called the political change in Egypt an important development for the people and their democratic aspirations.
Well, (my note) it was tempting to put China’s backhanded statement aside, they should know better. But, maybe it was not the statement quite as they intended. I wouldn’t expect them to celebrate but at the same time, taking the opportunity to put in their little aside as they did was a bit much. They could’ve said they were glad it got sorted out.
President Obama was speaking and then everybody calls on the telephone – so now I’m going to have to go find what he said to hear it again. Apparently, the news is saying that we will be as partners and that “Americans stand ready to help if asked.” Well, yep going to go look it up online to see it again. Very nifty, though.
A number of impressive statements about how powerful President Obama’s statement was, also. And, the ones earlier today from other world leaders have been impressive, too.
The BBC noted in their updating sidebar –
2007: Mr. Obama says: “The people of Egypt have spoken, the voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same.”
And, my daughter that watched this take place was very thrilled to see the Egyptian people win their freedom from a man that she said could’ve ended up looking like Marie Antoinette did by the time it was done. (She’s in her early twenties.)
I agree – Mubarak and Marie Antoinette could’ve ended up looking like twins. Except that Ms. Antoinette was a party girl and Mr. Mubarak was a Marquise de Sade.
Just now on CNNI they announced from Suleiman’s announcement that Mubarak has stepped down.
On a CNNI news story a few minutes ago, there was a mention that the Israeli Defence Minister was in the US yesterday and visited the UN. That is very interesting.
And, it is very interesting that Mubarak supposedly sits at Sharm el-Sheikh right now according to news stories online and being broadcast without any mention of the Four Seasons resort that is there. I found some really pretty pictures of it the other day accidentally when I was looking up the photos of President George Bush meeting with Mubarak back whenever that was – 2006 maybe.
Amazing. Absolutely Amazing.
The people of Egypt are dancing and celebrating that Mubarak has stepped down. How remarkable.
History unfolding right before us all around the world.
Earlier today, there was an official of Egypt’s government that went into the crowds in Tahrir Square. Now, I’m wondering if he recognized that the people there were from every walk of Egypt’s society and not as Mubarak said.
It is just so absolutely amazing.
President Hosni Mubarak has decided to stand down as president of Egypt, Vice President Omar Suleiman announces on state television. FULL STORY
“Egypt is free! Egypt is free!”
reads a large CNN banner with the breaking news.
CONGRATULATIONS To The PEOPLE of EGYPT
The People of America wish you all the best in your efforts for freedom in the days ahead. The UN and the United States are with you. As one member, one citizen to another – Congratulations.
I know that the entire world is with you and we admire your efforts – absolutely impressive and stunning.’
And, what an amazing gift to the world, Egypt’s people have given to us all. They have reminded us of the great treasure that is freedom and that those who use their place of power to abuse, torture and destroy can and will be set aside by the strength of the human spirit to make things right. What a truly amazing gift.
I’m so glad that my children and my children’s children have had this opportunity to see this. I’m grateful to all the Egyptian people that I was able to see it as this unfolded. I was not alive during our Revolution and I’ve read about why it happened, why it was important and I understand why it is important to America even today. But, to get this opportunity to watch history made as the people of Egypt stood up and said “no more,” and through peaceful protests to remove a vicious dictator for the opportunities of freedom and democracy is beyond all measure, the greatest gift of my lifetime (well, second only to my children.)
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That works – he is a quarter of the way to raising the amount of money that it will take to lease or purchase the first satellite for it. Very interesting approach to it.
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The global elite, dining on Norwegian lobster and reindeer at the end of the World Economic Forum on Saturday, felt pretty chipper despite growing concerns about the inequality of the economic recovery.
JAN 30, 2011 (Reuters)
My Note –
It is very annoying to listen to Mr. Spitzer on CNN use this occasion to make his push for gun control and after listening to him, I’ve decided that I agree – he should not be allowed to own a gun given his past tendencies to bad judgment. We all know how he ended up where he is.
And, it is just bizarre to watch him and others weasel around this situation that has happened in Tucson in order to suit their own agendas and push for their own “whatever it is” – from using it for profiteering and fund-raising to pushing for gun control and having any one whose thinking isn’t the same as everyone else put into lockup without rights or recourse.
It is my opinion that Elliot Spitzer never get to own a gun (or bullets for that matter) – I think a lot of us would agree to that. If he stopped using this opportunity to shove his views about gun control down everyone’s throats that would be nice, too.
And after hearing what Ms. Palin had to say –
My opinion is that Sarah Palin should stop reading historical novels as her source of information which seems like the most likely place where the terms she has been using lately would’ve been found. Someone needs to tell her that historical novels fail to offer the full measure and import of the concepts offered there. To use a term like, “blood libel” shows someone who did not understand the measure of those words.
The Republican pundits who have spewed forth venom for months upon months now during the Obama administration, were spewing out the same hateful crap against every homeless person, every immigrant, every illegal immigrant, every liberal, every Democrat, every Union, every trench coat wearing stranger, every vagrant, every out of work family, every poor person and every mentally ill person, every woman with a job outside of the home and just about every worker in America for years upon years before that. They are a real piece of work anyway. It has driven us all nuts.
It is also my educated opinion that when our nation’s leaders decided to sit together irrespective of the “aisle” which has divided them, it was one of the most intelligent things I’ve seen happen in the politics of my adult lifetime. (I heard it on the news a little bit ago that they are going to do that and it is good, even if for only a moment in time.)
And, I want to say that probably none of us care in America whether politicians are calling each other “jackasses” or anything else. That is not the part that has mattered. When our leaders and “political pundits” and talk show radio hosts have sounded like some backwoods, intellectually narrow-minded perversion of reality it has mattered. Calling one another names – who cares.
Collects energy from the surrounding environment and converts it to electricity. States that it is economical such that it could be used nearly everywhere.
The Details will be presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting 2010 (IEDM) being held from December 6 – 8, 2010 in San Francisco. That has apparently just ended yesterday. It would be worth looking up the conference for more detailed info about it.
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(from quakewrap site)
Seismic Repair and Strengthening of Concrete Columns with Glass or Carbon FRP
Reinforced Concrete columns or bridge piers can be efficiently strengthened with Glass FRP (GFRP) or Carbon FRP (CFRP). Older (pre-1970s) columns have two major shortcomings; they are inadequately confined (usually a No. 3 or 4 tie placed at a spacing of 12 inches) and the ends of the ties are not properly anchored in the core region. During an earthquake, the ties open and allow the longitudinal steel to buckle, leading to failure of the column.
the 3D information below requires –
The viewer is available for free download currently – here (and a package to create these 3D and 4D dynamic maps are available for purchase there also which is probably way more than I will ever have, but its good to know that it exists . . . That’s like the ASTM files that are available for only $10,000 a year that I would love to have – maybe by next lifetime, my note).
As it explains on that page –
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- Download iView4DDownload iView4D, the free viewer for Fledermaus files. (By the way, make sure and check for the 32-or 64 versions for Windows 7.)
Some of the information that can be viewed from Scripps Oceanographic – the Library also has presentation materials, movies, tutorials, and online tools on this page:
– very nifty stuff, my note
LIBRARY / VISUAL OBJECTS from Scripps found here –
There are a total of 114 scenes currently available for download. You can also search for a visual object using the form on the right side of the page.
Search Visual Objects Archive
Enter multiple keywords separated by a space.
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Using Seismic-Eruption to Explore Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Seismic-Eruption is a wonderful program conceived and written by Alan L. Jones at SUNY Binghamton. This program as well as his Seismic Waves program are part of the new Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC which opened September 20, 1997. We use Seismic-Eruption in Show-Me-Geology to demonstrate basic characteristics of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and to engage kids in thought provoking questions.
If you have a Windows machine you can download these programs from http://www.geol.binghamton.edu/faculty/jones/jones.html and use them in activities with your students.
Below is an example lesson using Seismic-Eruption that was developed for pre-service teachers at SDSU in the Natural Sciences 412D class. There are all kinds of fun informative exercises you can have kids work on with this program. Have fun!
To Start Program:
Go to the Start menu in Windows and select Programs, then Seismology and then “Seismic Eruption” which will launch the program. Press “Go” to begin.
To make choices of views: select a group. The Red Box that says “Back, leads you to previous menus. Most menu options are self explanatory, so when you need to do something look for the options under the various pull down menus. You can turn off the audio using these menus – or turn down the audio volume on your computer monitor if you wish.
Investigations of the World View
Select the “World View”. The program with start running – illustrating where and when earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have occurred around the world. Notice the following:
- the time scale bar at the bottom left that shows the dates. How many years is represented in this time sequence? _________
- earthquake and eruption counters keep track of the number of quakes and eruptions over time.
- How many quakes in this time interval worldwide? _________
- How many volcanic eruptions over the entire time interval? _____________
How many earthquakes on average each day? __________
Once the World View sequence has displayed all the quakes and eruptions up to the present time – click on the “Information” button in the lower right of the map window. Use the information there to answer the following questions:
- At any particular moment, about how many volcanoes on Earth might be actually erupting lava, pumice or ash? _____________________
- Remote sea-floor volcanic eruptions at the mid-oceanic ridges are in most cases difficult or impossible to detect. However, what advanced technology is starting to bring sea-floor eruption sites into the realm of study? _____________________
Investigations of the January 1994 Northridge earthquake
From the “World View” above, select the “Back” button to return to the “World Menu”.
Select “North American Group” from the World Menu.
Select “California Group” from the North American Group.
Select “Northridge 1995 Group” from the California menu.
Select “Northridge California 1995”. The program will start running.
What is the time interval run for the Northridge quake? __________________
How many quakes occurred in this interval of time? ________________
Note that the default speed of the program runs at 5 hours/sec. Adjust this speed so that the program runs at 1 hour/sec and hit the “Repeat” button. Watch carefully as the time of the quake (Jan 17 04:31) approaches. Were there any foreshocks that might have helped seismologists that a major earthquake was imminent? ____________
In the map view, major earthquake faults in Southern California are shown by the blue lines. Does the main shock of the Northridge quake occur on any of these mapped faults?
Where are almost all of the aftershocks of the Northridge 1995 earthquake located relative to the main shock? ______________
From the screen above, select the “Back” button followed by “Northridge Cross-Section”. The program will begin – let it run through. This program is showing a cross-sectional view through the Earth which displays the depth distribution of quakes associated with the Northridge event. The default speed is 4 days/sec. Slow this all the way down to 1 hour/sec and play it again – this time examining more closely the pattern produced by the Northridge quake and its aftershock sequence.
At what depth did the main shock occur? ______________
Draw a simple sketch below showing the likely geometry of the fault (note that the shallowest earthquakes DO NOT fall directly on the fault – these are distributed in a group above the fault).
Can you guess what kinds of structures may be associated with the shallowest group of earthquakes?
Senators grill NASA chief on President Obama’s space plan
“We want to go to Mars,” Bolden said. “We can’t get there because we don’t have the technology.”
The clash occurred at the first hearing on Obama’s NASA budget released Feb. 1. The budget canceled the Constellation program, which NASA officials said was unrealistic after being underfunded for years.
(etc.) [my note, – and why aren’t they making the new generation of space shuttle system that is needed – what happened to America and our abilities in the space program being first and foremost to national security, to domestic opportunities and to our willingness to pursue science? How do they expect any of us to be inspired to be involved in math, science and technology when every thing that utilizes these things are being discarded and thrown away with nothing short of contempt?]
This image depicting the current El Niño condition in the Pacific Ocean was created with data collected by the U.S./European Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 satellite during a 10-day period centered on Jan. 30, 2010. Image credit: NASA/JPL Ocean Surface Topography Team
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Climatologists have long known that human-produced greenhouse gases have been the dominant drivers of Earth’s observed warming since the start of the Industrial Revolution. But other factors also affect our planet’s temperature. Of these, the ocean plays a dominant role. Its effects helped nudge global temperatures slightly higher in 2009, and, according to NASA scientists, could well contribute to making 2010 the warmest year on record.
Covering 71 percent of our planet’s surface, the ocean acts as a global thermostat, storing energy from the sun, keeping Earth’s temperature changes moderate and keeping climate change gradual. In fact, the ocean can store as much heat in its top three meters (10 feet) as the entire atmosphere does.
“The vast amount of heat stored in the ocean regulates Earth’s temperature, much as a flywheel regulates the speed of an engine,” said Bill Patzert, an oceanographer and climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “The ocean has a long history of capturing and giving up heat generated by both human activities and natural cycles; it is the thermal memory of the climate system.”
Heat and moisture from the ocean are constantly exchanged with Earth’s atmosphere in a process that drives our weather and climate. Scientists at NASA and elsewhere use a variety of direct and satellite-based measurements to study the interactions between the ocean and atmosphere.
“These interactions result in large-scale global climate effects, the largest of which is the El Niño-Southern Oscillation,” explained Josh Willis, a JPL oceanographer and climate scientist. This climate pattern appears in the tropical Pacific Ocean roughly every four to 12 years and has a powerful impact on the ocean and the atmosphere. It can disrupt global weather and influence hurricanes, droughts and floods. It can also raise or lower global temperatures by up to 0.2 degrees Celsius (0.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
The oscillation pattern is made up of linked atmospheric and oceanic components. The atmospheric component is called the Southern Oscillation, a pattern of reversing surface air pressure that see-saws between the eastern and western tropical Pacific. The ocean’s response to this atmospheric shift is known as either “El Niño” or “La Niña” (Spanish for “the little boy” and “the little girl,” respectively).
Where the wind blows
During El Niño, the normally strong easterly trade winds in the tropical eastern Pacific weaken, allowing warm water to shift toward the Americas and occupy the entire tropical Pacific. Heavy rains tied to this warm water move into the central and eastern Pacific. El Niño can cause drought in Indonesia and Australia and disrupt the path of the atmospheric jet streams over North and South America, changing winter climate.
Large El Niños, such as the most powerful El Niño of the past century in 1997 to 1998, tend to force Earth’s average temperatures temporarily higher for up to a year or more. Large areas of the Pacific can be one to two degrees Celsius (around two to four degrees Fahrenheit) above normal, and the average temperature of the ocean surface tends to increase. The current El Niño began last October and is expected to continue into mid-2010. Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York estimate that if this pattern persists, 2010 may well go down as the warmest year on record.
El Niño’s cold counterpart is La Niña. During La Niña, trade winds are stronger than normal, and cold water that usually sits along the coast of South America gets pushed to the mid-equatorial region of the Pacific. La Niñas are typically associated with less moisture in the air and less rain along the coasts of the Americas, and they tend to cause average global surface temperatures to drop. The last La Niña from 2007 to 2009 helped make 2008 the coolest year of the last decade. The end of that La Niña last year and subsequent transition into an El Niño helped contribute to last year’s return to near-record global temperatures.
All the ocean’s a stage
Both El Niño and La Niña play out on a larger stage that operates on decade-long timescales. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO for short, describes a long-term pattern of change in the Pacific Ocean that alternates between cool and warm periods about every five to 20 years. The PDO can intensify the impacts of La Niña or diminish the impacts of El Niño. In its “cool, negative phase,” warm water, which causes higher-than-normal sea-surface heights (because warmer water expands and takes up more space), forms a horseshoe pattern that connects the north, west and south Pacific with cool water in the middle. In its “warm, positive phase,” these warm and cool regions are reversed, and warm water forms in the middle of the horseshoe.
Such phase shifts of the PDO result in widespread changes in Pacific Ocean temperatures and have significant global climate implications. During the 1950s and 1960s, the PDO was strongly negative, or cool, and global temperatures seemed to level off. During most of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, the Pacific was locked in a strong positive, or warm, PDO phase and there were many El Niños. We are currently in the early stages of a cool PDO phase that began around 2006. Cool, negative phases tend to dampen the effects of El Niños.
Willis said the PDO, El Niño and La Niña can strongly affect global warming due to increased greenhouse gases. “These natural climate phenomena can sometimes hide global warming caused by human activities, or they can have the opposite effect of accentuating it,” he explained.
“These natural signals — El Niños, La Niñas and PDOs — can modulate the global record for a decade or two, giving us a wild ride with major climate and societal impacts,” said Patzert. “They can have a powerful short-term influence on global temperatures in any particular year or decade. This can make it appear as if global warming has leveled off or become global cooling. But when you look at the long-term trend over the past 130 years, our world is definitely getting warmer. And that’s the human-produced greenhouse gas signal.”
Patzert said the recent climate record is like making a drive from the coast to the mountains. “As you rise slowly to higher and higher elevations, occasionally you hit a major speed bump, such as the 1997 to 1998 El Niño, and temperatures spike; or you hit potholes, such as cooler phases of the PDO, and temperatures dip,” he said. “In the end, though, we still tend toward the top of the mountain, and the trend upwards is clear. We are driving ourselves into a warmer world.”
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Global Climate Change
Latest climate data from NASA.
September 03, 2009
Beginning August 26, 2009, and continuing into September 2009, a large wildfire in the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles known as the Station Fire burned more than 140,000 acres through September 3. Carbon monoxide in the smoke from this large fire was lofted as high as 8.3 kilometers (27,000 feet) into the atmosphere, where it was observed by JPL’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite.
This movie, created using continuously updated data from NASA’s “Eyes on the Earth 3-D” feature on NASA’s global climate change website, shows three-day running averages of daily AIRS retrievals of the abundance of carbon monoxide present at 5.5 kilometers (18,000 feet). AIRS is most sensitive to carbon monoxide at this altitude, which is a region conducive to long-range transport of the smoke. As the carbon monoxide is lifted by the fire’s heat and blows downwind, it appears in the August 30 AIRS map north and east of the fire as a yellow to red plume that stretches from Southern California across Nevada and Utah.
Fires Around Lake Malawi in Africa
Fires continued to burn around eastern Africa’s Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) on October 13, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image the same day. The fires were likely set for purposes of agriculture, a common occurrence at this time of year.
Red dots indicate hotspots associated with actively burning . . .
(Slide number 10 in the series found on this page of World fires – South America is generally pretty interesting for burn off fires, too)
04.22.09 – New research shows that the warming effect of aerosols, or small particles in the air, increases with the amount of cloud cover below the aerosols.
04.30.09 – Fires in equatorial Asia are growing more frequent and having a serious impact on the air as well as the land.
A new NASA study indicates that motor vehicles are the greatest contributor to atmospheric warming: They release greenhouse gases that promote warming, while emitting few aerosols that counteract it.
An Earth dataset visualization showing topography with the data overlaid on the Earth found within the The Global Change Master Directory. This catalog of data was created to enable users to access datasets and services relevant to global change and Earth science research. Image Credit: NASA. NASA has contributed a wide range of scientific data to the new publicly accessible Web site “Data.gov” in accordance with the administration’s Open Government Directive issued in Dec. 2009.
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the federal government. Public users may search for information by topic or by accessing the data contributed by any of the 24 participating major government departments and agencies.
NASA’s input includes timely, extensive, accurate and relevant data about, Earth science and observation research, global change, agency missions, projects and instruments. Data.gov is a searchable Web site providing access to government information through the Raw Data, Tool and GeoData Catalogs.
The data may be read on line or downloaded to improve public knowledge of the agency and its operations; potentially create economic opportunities; or respond to need and demand as identified through public or industry consultation.
NASA products are in the Tool and GeoData Catalogs. Tool Catalog products include planet counter and climate change widgets and various Earth observation and other analysis utilities. In the GeoData Catalog, the agency posted more than 600 datasets across a wide range of imagery, maps, atmospheric, climate, geological and geophysical data. NASA will continuously update and add new data sets as they become available.
NASA’s submission of an additional 18 catalogs released today is the first milestone within the Open Government Directive. Over the coming weeks, NASA will release a new Web site and provide a platform for public participation and engagement becoming a more transparent, participatory and collaborative agency.
Land surface temperature is how hot the “surface” of the Earth would feel to the touch in a particular location. From a satellite’s point of view, the “surface” is whatever it sees when it looks through the atmosphere to the ground. It could be snow and ice, the grass on a lawn, the roof of a building, or the treetops in a forest. Thus, land surface temperature is not the same as the air temperature that is included in the daily weather report.
An anomaly is when the conditions depart from average conditions for a particular place at a given time of year. The maps show daytime land surface temperature anomalies for a given month compared to the average conditions during that period between 2000-2008. Places that were warmer than average are red, places that were near normal are white, and places that were cooler than average are blue. The observations were collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
Some land surface temperature anomalies are simply random weather phenomena, not part of a specific pattern or trend. Others anomalies are more meaningful. Widespread cold anomalies may be an indication of a harsh winter with lots of snow on the ground. Small, patchy warm anomalies that appear in forests or other natural ecosystems may indicate deforestation or insect damage. Many urban areas also show up as hot spots in these maps because developed areas are often hotter in the daytime than surrounding natural ecosystems or farmland. Warm anomalies that persist over large parts of the globe for many years can be signs of global warming.
Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Land surface temperature is how hot the “surface” of the Earth would feel to the touch in a particular location. From a satellite’s point of view, the “surface” is whatever it sees when it looks through the atmosphere to the ground. It could be snow and ice, the grass on a lawn, or the roof of a building. These maps compare daytime land surface temperatures in a particular month to the average temperatures for that month from 2000-2008. Places that were warmer than average are red, places that were near normal are white, and places that were cooler than average are blue. The observations were collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
Sea surface temperature refers to the temperature of the top millimeter of the ocean. An anomaly is a departure from average conditions. These maps compare temperatures in a given month to the long-term average temperature of that month from 1985 through 1997. Blue shows temperatures that were cooler than average, white shows near-average temperatures, and red shows where temperatures were warmer than average. Regions for which no data were available are gray. The maps are made from data collected by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS (AMSR-E) compared to historical data collected by a series of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites.
- View, download, or analyze more of these data from NASA Earth Observations (NEO):
- Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
- Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
- My Note – this is the crap coming from our cars, jets, trucks, trains and ships into the air we are breathing and across every city and county in America . . . And, that is the problem that is creating the climate change, air and water pollution, mucky brown air over our cities and rural communities where industrial areas are now located, and why walking to the store is as bad as sticking our lungs into the exhaust stream from a car only more so because of the number of cars and concentration of the pollutants on our streets – cricketdiane
- The Master List of Compounds Emitted by Mobile Sources – 2006
- (from )
- EPA420-B-06-002 1 February 2006
- The Master List of Compounds Emitted by Mobile Sources – 2006
What Are Mobile Source Air Toxics?
Mobile source air toxics are compounds emitted from highway vehicles and nonroad equipment which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health and environmental effects.
- Fact Sheet: Air Toxics from Motor Vehicles (PDF) (5 pp, 13K, EPA400-F-92-004, August 1994)
- EPA has conducted an extensive review of the literature to produce a list of the compounds identified in the exhaust or evaporative emissions from onroad and nonroad equipment, using baseline as well as alternative fuels (e.g., ethanol, biodiesel, compressed natural gas). This list, the Master List of Compounds Emitted by Mobile Sources, and the documentation for the development of the list are available here:
- Master List of Compounds Emitted by Mobile Sources (Excel, 725K)| PDF Version (16 pp, 1.5MB, EPA420-B-06-002)
- Final Report Master List prepared by ENVIRON International Corporation (PDF) (58 pp, 717K, EPA420-R-06-005, February 2006)
- Air Quality Planning and Standards: EPA maintains a valuable online resource center for information regarding air quality, toxic air pollutants, health effects, technical reports, assessment data, regulations, and air quality programs. Particular areas of interest are:
- About Air Toxics, Health, and Ecological Effects provides a wealth of information on health and ecological effects of air toxic pollutants.
- Health Effects Notebook for Hazardous Air Pollutants provides detailed information about the health effects of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) available in separate fact sheets, for nearly every HAP specified in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
In February 2007, EPA finalized a rule to reduce hazardous air pollutants from mobile sources (Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants from Mobile Sources, February 9, 2007). The rule will limit the benzene content of gasoline and reduce toxic emissions from passenger vehicles and gas cans. EPA estimates that in 2030 this rule would reduce total emissions of mobile source air toxics by 330,000 tons and VOC emissions (precursors to ozone and PM2.5) by over 1 million tons.
By 2010, EPA’s existing programs will reduce mobile source air toxics by over one million tons from 1999 levels. In addition to controlling pollutants such as hydrocarbons, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides, EPA’s recent regulations controlling emissions from highway vehicles and nonroad equipment also result in large air toxic reductions. Furthermore, EPA has programs under development that would provide additional benefits from further controls for small nonroad gasoline engines and diesel locomotive and marine engines. Finally, EPA has developed a variety of programs to reduce risk in communities, such as Clean School Bus USA, the Voluntary Diesel Retrofit Program, and National Clean Diesel Campaign.
- (from – )
- Air Quality & Exposure Monitoring
- Health Effects
- Modeling & Analysis Tools
- Technical Analysis Plan
- National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment for 1999 includes 177 air toxics, a subset of the air toxics on the Clean Air Act’s list of 187 air toxics, as well as diesel particulate matter, an indicator of diesel exhaust.
- Philadelphia Toxic Air Pollutants Risk Reduction Project: EPA and Philadelphia Air Management Services are conducting a joint project called the “Philadelphia Toxic Air Pollutants Risk Reduction Project” to help reduce the threat to their health which Philadelphia’s residents face from exposure to air toxics.
- Portland, Oregon Air Toxics Assessment: EPA is helping to support this refined local scale assessment led by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
- National Toxics Inventory Data and Documentation provides county level inventory data for on-highway vehicles, nonroad sources, aircraft, commercial marine vessels, and locomotives.
- Air Toxics Monitoring centers around the exchange of air toxics monitoring-related information.
- California Air Resources Board School Bus Study was conducted to characterize the range of children’s exposures to air toxics during their school bus commute.
- Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) features a database of human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances found in the environment.
- Health Assessment Document for Diesel Exhaust includes the final health assessment document that examines information regarding the possible health hazards associated with exposure to diesel engine exhaust.
- Fact Sheet: Diesel Exhaust and School Bus Idling (PDF) (2 pp, 442K, EPA420-F-03-005, April 2003) looks at school bus diesel exhaust and school children
- Even while screaming about people who smoke – and how much our government in the US cares about our health – look what every county school system in America is subjecting our children and our communities to breathing knowing what they do –
- Fact Sheet: Diesel Exhaust and School Bus Idling (PDF) (2 pp, 442K, EPA420-F-03-005, April 2003) looks at school bus diesel exhaust and school children.
- Discussion Paper on diesel health assessment issues.
- Fact Sheet: Diesel Exhaust in the United States (PDF) (4 pp, 412K, EPA420-F-03-022, June 2003) with overview of diesel exhaust health effects and options for reducing pollution from diesel vehicles.
- Clean School Bus USA: Human Health provides general information on health effects of diesel exhaust and who is at risk.
- These pages contain cancer and non-cancer inhalation risk assessment documents. Mobile sources account for the majority of nationwide emissions of these hazardous air pollutants.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that conducts assessments of health risks from a variety of substances.
- ATSDR Toxic Frequently Asked Questions is a series of summaries about hazardous substances.
- Health Effects Institute is an independent, nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 to provide high-quality, impartial, and relevant science on the health effects of pollutants from motor vehicles and from other sources in the environment.
- Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) is a comprehensive toxicology and environmental health web site that includes access to resources produced by TEHIP and by other government agencies and organizations.
- Some items from this simplified document –
- “Engines within the existing fleet will not be subject to the new regulations, yet may remain in operation for another 25 – 30 years.” (despite the knowledge that health damages do occur and particularly more so in “children that breathe 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than do adults.” – from same document.)
Diesel exhaust contains tiny particles known as fine particulate matter. Diesel engines are one of the largest sources of fine particulate matter, other than natural causes such as forest fires. Diesel exhaust also contains ozone-forming nitrogen oxides and toxic air pollutants. Exposure to these pollutants causes lung damage and aggravates existing respiratory disease. (note – a look at the health effects of the individual toxic pollutants in diesel exhaust fumes which are commonly found in concentration within the school buses reveal a long list of other sicknesses, physical damages, diseases, difficulties and harms that these exhaust fume chemicals are known to cause – which are not listed here on this document, my note.)
- Clean School Bus USA is EPA’s national partnership to minimize pollution from school buses. Leaders from corporate America, children’s health, environmental and governmental organizations gather to design a plan to reduce children’s exposure to diesel exhaust by eliminating unnecessary school bus idling, installing effective emission control systems on newer buses and replacing the oldest buses in the fleet with newer ones. For more information contact the Clean School Bus USA Team at (734) 214-4780 or email: CleanSchoolBusUSA@epa.gov.
- EPA’s Voluntary Diesel Retrofit Program works to reduce pollution, including air toxics, resulting from existing diesel vehicles and equipment by encouraging fleet owners to install pollution-reducing devices on the vehicles and to use cleaner-burning diesel fuel.
- Best Workplaces for Commuters is a voluntary program, now administered by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTER), offering innovative solutions to commuting challenges faced by employers and employees. Reducing vehicle miles traveled is an effective way to reduce air toxics risk in communities.
- State and Local Transportation Resources Grants and Funding provides links to federal funding sources available to state and local agencies for projects relating to transportation and air quality. Funding sources both within and outside EPA are included.
Health Effects Notebook for Hazardous Air Pollutants
The fact sheets available on this Web page describe the effects on human health of substances that are defined as hazardous by the 1990 amendments of the Clean Air Act. These substances include certain volatile organic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and radionuclides that present tangible hazard, based on scientific studies of exposure to humans and other mammals. There is uncertainty in the precise degree of hazard, and readers are cautioned that the fact sheets may be revised as additional data become available.
- General Information
- Fact Sheet Organization
- Data Sources
- Glossary of Health, Exposure, and Risk Assessment Terms and Definitions of Acronyms
List of Health Effects Fact Sheets
The available fact sheets are listed below, alphabetically by chemical name. The list includes the Chemical Abstract Service Number (CAS No.) for each chemical, and the name of an HTML file containing the health effects fact sheet.
- My Note –
- The extraordinary available information here about earthquakes, about why columns in concrete slab buildings disintegrate during earthquakes, sometimes during floods and hurricanes as well as from fatigue within the structure, about sources of fires from clear burning the land around the world and community air pollution from and within school buses, temperature charts from the land and the sea provided by NASA and those beautifully conscientiously created 3d graphs of earthquakes probably don’t all seem to go together. But, it seems to me that they do all fit, not only for the things they can teach me about the bigger picture, but also that the problems created by the way we have done things for the past 130 years are more dramatic and pervasive than some simple explanation about CO2 in the atmosphere. To fix these things through geoengineering, geotech, extreme engineering possibilities and with a real confrontation of the actual elements that have been created, is going to take a genuine change in attitude about what is most important – and to change the idea that it must have to be either economics or people? Why can’t it conscionably be both?
- – cricketdiane, 02-24-10
Today – 01-21-10
President Obama is announcing financial reform guidelines including the exclusion of banks from engaging in proprietary trading and investing their own funds into internal hedge funds while having inside knowledge of auctions / trades and using taxpayer dollars to cover their losses. Also announced the intention for risk to no longer be concentrated due to consolidating many smaller and mid-sized firms into large conglomerate ones – President Obama described the intention to proceed with regulations that would no longer allow huge banking, investment, brokerage and financial institutions to become conglomerate concentrations of risk and of such size to jeopardize the entire system if they were to fail.
On CNN 11.41 – 11.44 amET
check transcript and WhiteHouse website for transcript / video clip of announcement
(34) – CNN – LIVE
President (Uncle Barack) Obama and Vice President (Uncle Joe) Biden
Paul Volcker has been talking about these things for a year – anchor’s comment
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Proprietary trading, proprietary trading desk, or “prop desk” are terms used in investment banking to describe when the firm’s traders actively trade stocks, bonds, options, commodities, derivatives or other financial instruments with its own money as opposed to its customers’ money, so as to make a profit for itself. Although investment banks are usually defined as businesses which assist other business in raising money in the capital markets (by selling stocks or bonds), in fact most are also involved in trading for their own accounts as well. They may use a variety of strategies such as index arbitrage, statistical arbitrage, merger arbitrage, fundamental analysis, volatility arbitrage or macro trading, much like a hedge fund. Many reporters and analysts believe investment banks purposely leave ambiguous the amount of non proprietary trading they do versus the amount of proprietary trading they do because it is felt that proprietary trading is riskier and results in more volatile profits.
* 1 The relationships between trading and investment banking
* 2 Arbitrage
* 3 Conflicts of interest in proprietary trading
* 4 Famous trading banks and traders
* 5 References
* 6 External links
The relationships between trading and investment banking
Investment banks are defined as companies that assist other companies in raising financial capital in the capital markets, through things like the issuance of stocks and bonds. Trading has almost always been associated with investment banks however, because they are often required to make a market in the stocks and bonds they help issue.
For example, if General Store Co. sold stock with an investment bank, whoever first bought shares would possibly have a hard time selling them to other individuals if people are not familiar with the company. The investment bank agrees to buy the shares sold in order to find a buyer. This provides liquidity to the markets. The bank normally does not care about the fundamental, intrinsic value of the shares, but only that it can sell them at a slightly higher price than it could buy them. To do this, an investment bank employs traders. Over time these traders began to devise different strategies within this system to earn even more profit independent of providing client liquidity, and this is how proprietary trading was born.
The evolution of proprietary trading at investment banks has come to the point whereby banks employ multiple desks of traders devoted solely to proprietary trading with the hopes of earning added profits above that of market-making trading. These desks are often considered internal hedge funds within the investment bank, performing in isolation away from client-flow traders.
Proprietary desks routinely have the highest value at risk among other desks at the bank. Investments banks such as Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Merrill Lynch are known to earn a significant portion of their quarterly and annual profits through proprietary trading efforts. Unlike other type of auctioneers, the traders in investment banks are allowed to bid shares while conducting the auction.
If you think a trader’s ability to see the incoming orders for the trade gives him a built in advantage when trading for himself, you are not wrong. It is like being in the card game in which only one of the players has the ability to see everyone else’s hand.
One of the main strategies of trading traditionally associated with investment banks is arbitrage. In the most basic sense, arbitrage is defined as taking advantage of a price discrepancy through the purchase/sale of certain combinations of securities to lock in a profit.
Many people confuse arbitrage with what is essentially a normal investment. The difference between arbitrage and a typical investment is the amount of risk: the risk in what is known as arbitrage today (to distinguish it from theoretical arbitrage, which effectively does not exist) is market neutral. From the second the trade is executed, a profit is locked in. Investment banks, which are often active in many markets around the world, constantly watch for arbitrage opportunities.
One of the more notable areas of arbitrage, called risk arbitrage, evolved in the 1980’s. When a company plans to buy another company, often the price of a share in the capital of the buyer falls (because the buyer will have to pay money to buy the other company) and the price of a share in the capital of the other company rises (because the buyer usually buys those shares at a price higher than the current price). When an investment bank believes a buyout is imminent, it often sells short the shares of the buyer (betting that the price will go down) and buys the shares of the company being acquired (betting the price will go up).
Conflicts of interest in proprietary trading
There are a number of ways in which proprietary trading can create conflicts of interest between a trader’s interests and those of its customers.
Some suspect that traders engage in “front running”, buying shares in companies the traders’ customers are buying so as to profit from the price increase resulting from the customers’ purchases and thereby harming the customers’ interests.
Some suspect that investment bank salesmen (who encourage customers to buy particular securities) assist their firm’s proprietary traders by encouraging customers to buy securities performing poorly after the proprietary traders have bought them for the firm.
Lastly, because investment banks are key figures in mergers and acquisitions, a possibility exists that the traders could use prohibited inside information to engage in merger arbitrage. Investment banks are required to have a Chinese wall separating their trading and investment banking divisions, however in recent years, dating most recently back to the Enron saga, these have come under great scrutiny.
One example of an alleged conflict of interest can be found in charges brought by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission against Citigroup in 2007.
 Famous trading banks and traders
Famous proprietary traders have included Robert Rubin, Steven A. Cohen, Edward Lampert, and Daniel Och. Some of the investment banks most historically associated with trading was Salomon Brothers and Drexel Burnham Lambert, and currently Goldman Sachs. Nick Leeson took down Barings Bank with unauthorized proprietary positions. Another trader, Brian Hunter, brought down the hedge fund Amaranth Advisors when his massive positions in natural gas futures went bad.
1. ^ “Conflict of Interest Lessons From Financial Services”. 2005-02-22. http://www.complianceweek.com/article/1562/conflict-of-interest-lessons-from-financial-services. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
2. ^ “Citigroup challenges Australian commission’s conflict of interest ruling”. http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/03/23/business/citigroup.php.
 External links
Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprietary_trading”
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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 21, 2010
President Obama Calls for New Restrictions on Size and Scope of Financial Institutions to Rein in Excesses and Protect Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, DC- President Obama joined Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve; Bill Donaldson, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Congressman Barney Frank, House Financial Services Chairman; Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Banking Committee and the President’s economic team to call for new restrictions on the size and scope of banks and other financial institutions to rein in excessive risk taking and to protect taxpayers.
The President’s proposal would strengthen the comprehensive financial reform package that is already moving through Congress.
“While the financial system is far stronger today than it was a year one year ago, it is still operating under the exact same rules that led to its near collapse,” said President Barack Obama. “My resolve to reform the system is only strengthened when I see a return to old practices at some of the very firms fighting reform; and when I see record profits at some of the very firms claiming that they cannot lend more to small business, cannot keep credit card rates low, and cannot refund taxpayers for the bailout. It is exactly this kind of irresponsibility that makes clear reform is necessary.”
The proposal would:
1. Limit the Scope – The President and his economic team will work with Congress to ensure that no bank or financial institution that contains a bank will own, invest in or sponsor a hedge fund or a private equity fund, or proprietary trading operations unrelated to serving customers for its own profit.
2. Limit the Size – The President also announced a new proposal to limit the consolidation of our financial sector. The President’s proposal will place broader limits on the excessive growth of the market share of liabilities at the largest financial firms, to supplement existing caps on the market share of deposits.
In the coming weeks, the President will continue to work closely with Chairman Dodd and others to craft a strong, comprehensive financial reform bill that puts in place common sense rules of the road and robust safeguards for the benefit of consumers, closes loopholes, and ends the mentality of “Too Big to Fail.” Chairman Barney Frank’s financial reform legislation, which passed the House in December, laid the groundwork for this policy by authorizing regulators to restrict or prohibit large firms from engaging in excessively risky activities.
As part of the previously announced reform program, the proposals announced today will help put an end to the risky practices that contributed significantly to the financial crisis.