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An Unusual Number Of Natural Disasters.

Even Skeptics Say it. More Global Disasters.

Proof of Climate change? Look at the facts yourself.

Forbes magazine is one of many now saying there are more disasters from natural causes.l Here is a short list of thi9ngs that are called ‘natural’ instead of man-made

  1. Earthquakes.
  2. Hurricanes.
  3. Wild Fires. (When not caused by humans.)
  4. Tsunamis.   (Tidal Waves.)
  5. Mus slides. (Southern California.)
  6. Floods. (Other that failures of damns and levees.)
  7. Animal attacks. (Almost 2,000 people die each year for  form animal attacks.)
  8. Disease epidemics when no cause by human behavior.

The list above is not recompile and is may not represent the order of severity. One could asrgure about how much of these things really are due to so9mething that humans have done. Consider theincrease is human population.

This chart shows the the rate of growth ans slowed down. But we are still growing. Look back about 200years ago and see that  we were about one billion people on this planet. Now we are around 8 billion.

Now then, here are  some factoids from the Forbes magazine article publish bank in October of last

Mexico is especially prone to earthquakes because they’re surrounded by fault lines, in a subduction zone (the Cocos slab submerges under the North American plate). Vox has a good piece they published yesterday (Sept 20, 2017) recapping the earthquakes in Mexico,…

Source: Forbes Magazine October.

The article above also said:

It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate).

What do you thing? How can are presence here not have some large impact on nature?

Now then, after saying that, please think about this. History does record t there have been some very bad things that have taken place on the earth. But often very few people were hurt because there were very few people liking in the area.  An area  in China that had a huge earthquake also had a history of a a huge earthquake a lo0ng time ago. But there were few human deaths back then. Other examples can be given of historical events that did not kill a lot of people.

But it is known for sure that human used of a chemical did make a hole in the upper stratosphere. So that  chemical compound was banned and it helped. Read the item below:

So does Human activity has some impart on the environment. Yers indeed!

 

Why is the bead on ice?

The Bear on Ice photo represents the ide of global warming.

Some people deny it, yet the evidence is very strong.

Recent changes in weather patterns are a result of climate change due to changes in the natural environment.

Here is a chart showing:

World Population Growth

 

See a full size image here.   Click Here.

From the chart you can see that in about 200 years the world population has gone  from about one billion to eight billion humans on the one planet. That has made a big change in the world environment. Especially when you consider that we humans tend to use a lot of the resources of this earth.

 

 

 

 

Google helps NASA find a planet far away.

Google helps NASA finsd a planet far away from us.

These stories indicate taht AI was used to find a planet. Therefore it is a computer news story. Read the stories below for the details.

Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/14/nasa-makes-announcement-habitable-planets/

https://news.sky.com/story/google-helps-nasa-discover-an-eighth-planet-11171296

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/14/16777394/google-nasa-ai-machine-learning-planets-astronomy

NASA has discovered an eighth planet around a distant star, which means we’re no longer the largest solar system we know of. The discovery was made thanks to some artificial intelligence help from Google, which found the planet by scouring previously overlooked “weak” signals in data captured by the Kepler Space Telescope. The newly found planet is located in the solar system around Kepler-90, a star about 2,500 light-years away from Earth that was previously discovered in 2014.

 How can they find another solar system so far away?

 

 

 

Warning Five Years ago: Terrorist Wildfire

Five years ago,  Homeland Security  warning of Terrorist Wildfire Attacks.

Here is the link: https://publicintelligence.net/homeland-security-warns-of-terrorist-wildfire-attacks/

So far, there has not been anything  to indicate the recent wildfires were set by Terrorists. This is posted here only for informational purpose. It would seem very unlikely that this could have been organized.

 

Terrible Fires in California.

All of California has Wild Fires.

A  incredible  wild fire extents for Santa Rosa to Colusa here in Northern California.

Colusa, California has a population of about 6,000 people and the wild fire got to the edge of that town. But the worst hit was the city of Santa Rosa.

The governor has ordered thousands of firfighters to battle the fires.  Some 12,000 people have had to leave behind their houses. Many can not go back. Hundredths  maybe thousands of houses have been destroyed.

It is said  these fires really are much worse and bigger that ever before.  What can be done is not clear. Be prepared for more bad news.

For a map of all the fires, just Google for a map of California fires.

KHSL TV 12 (CBS)

KCRA TV 3 (NBC)

KGO TV 7 (ABC)

What did Yahoo due to you?

You must averted by now, Yahoo lost data on over 3 billion records.

Actually the data was leaked or revealed to another party. It would have been better if it had literally been lost instead of compromised

It is hard to believe that billion users could have their information leaked out. Yet the press reports comes listed lycée that in 2013 Jacob didn’t have a massive security breach that revealed private information about billions of Yahoo users. That appears to be hard to believe. Even just 300 million would be devastating. It’s reports indicate it was over 3 billion. That is billions built with the capital B.

Yahoo is a milk sucking goat

What would Lyon do with a goat that drinks your milk? What do you do with a service that takes your personal data and lets other use it?

So what can you I do? Almost nothing. It’s water under the bridge. One expert said now it’s time to change your password. Was he kidding West and Mark changing your password now is not going to make a bigger difference about something that was compromised four years ago. They already got your phone number, name and address. The only thing you could protect by changing word your password would be any new information you’ve added since the data breach. In my opinion, and I am not an expert, you just cannot trust Yahoo anymore. But who can you trust? Would AT&T be any better? Hardly, actually AT&T uses Yahoo mail for its own mail servers.
Quite frankly, I now doubt that any electronic mail service can be relied upon for secure communication.
But in all fairness, the compromise was not really about the data, the compromise was about your personal information. This means a lot of people now have access to your phone number and your street address and your date of birth and also your first and last name. That’s more than enough information to start a criminal action. Using just basic information, the criminal can steal your identity and get credit cards and write checks in your name and it will take you quite a while to trace it down and put a stop to it. Meanwhile, you are held guilty or responsible for anything a criminal does with your credit card or your checkbook.

Yes, the criminal can get checks from your bank using your private information that would be in your e-mail account.
Like I said, too late to do anything about it now. But be aware that whatever information you give to an e-mail provider has the potential of getting into the wrong hands.

How Russia baned Jehovah’s Witnesses.

This year Russia started a new effort to destroy the growth of Jehovah’s Witnesses in that country.

Years earlier, 2009, Rusia placed a block on the official web site calle JW.ORG That site has Bible-bashed articles in over 300 languages. The list of languages includs lessor know languages  of the former Soviet Union.

The recent action now makes it unlawfull for the believers among Jehovah’s Witnesses to meet together anywahere. Otherwise they will be arrested for having an unlaswfull meeting of an unlawfull gtoup.

This is more to the ban that just about having meetings. It means they can not proeach in public, and some may lose their jobs. It also opens te door for viollnece and harrasment toward individulas who identify thiemslesves as believers.

Some world leaders have denouced theis most recent effort of Tussia to stop a harmless group that do not present any kind of danger to society.

Here is one of many:

US slams Russia for ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

“The State Department on Wednesday slammed the Russian Supreme Court’s decision to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses from practicing in the country, which considers them an ‘extremist’ group. ” … Last week, Russia’s Supreme Court ruled to uphold a ruling in April that called the Christian group an ‘extremist’ organization.”  … ” The leading religion in Russia is the Orthodox Church, which is supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

An appeal was made to  the European Court of Human Rights  in hpes of getting Russia to stop the ban.

Click here for full story.

 

 

Cheap and Good Windows Computer Now!

Now you really can get a real Computer with Windows and an Intel CPU for less that you thought. This is not about some wimpy tablet from Walmart, but a real computer you can use in your home.

Both Intel and others make powerful computers you can use with a modem TV set.  This helps keep the cost down. And they are very fast.

You have to also add a keyboard and Mose, but that is easy to  do. Andy standard USB keyboard and mouse will do. They connect to a TV set using the HDMI interface, which has now become standard of most new TV sets.

You can find these yourself with search for the following word phrase:

Good  Cheap Windows Computers.

You should find this models, among others.

Kangaroo MD2B Mobile Desktop Computer

Intel Compute Stick

Zotac ZBOX-PI330-W2B Intel Atom

Azulle Access Plus Fanless Mini PC Stick

Before you buy any of these, check around and get the full specs. These and Not laptops or tablets. They require you to have you own monitor of TV set.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Good Passwords Are Not Enough.

Of course weak password is bad. However, the major problem is not easy to fix.

More and more criminals are trying to attack data centers that have important user information and use that to unlawfully take your money.

Do a Google search and find a number of the big banks in the USA and overseas have had data loss. Data loss can be a polite way to say that data was stolen from the bank. So far, the banks and governments have helped resolve the trouble. But too often the criminals do not get apprehended and they go on to try again and again.

What can you do? Be careful about having large amounts of money in just one institution.  Avoid credit cards that can be used to drain all the money from your cheeking account.

Some people now prefer to buy a plastic card for a given amount and use it to pay on-line bills or to go shopping.  This is safer t than having your checkbook or cash in your purse.

The limited funds plastic cards are not linked to your bank and therefore a thief would  only get the value of the card and nothing more. The card does not even have your name on it.

Really Big Fires in Californai, North t and South.

We have had temperatures over 100 F hee. And we are  in the foothills!

You may have heard, California is having a bad time with wild fires. After a wet winter the dry grass is not fuel for some bad fires.
From where we live we see a huge cloud of smoke taht looks like a thunderstom, But it is a firestom. We ae several miles from the fire andf the air here is clear, but we smell the smoke. We know some who live out in the rural area taht has lost well over 2,500 acres  in a very short time.
The irony of this is that it is only a few miles from Lake Oroville, which had too much water and some heavey damage had been done to the spillway ealier this year. So the state of California is giing to have some really big bills to pay this year.
Some of the land on fie is actually feeral land, not statre land. But the state has to come in and put out the fire.
The majopr TV netwokrs ill have this on the news tomorrow. ABC, NBCc and FOX already have some stories. bBut the fire is not even 30% contained.You will notice there is more tahn just one big fire. There are two or three big fires at this time. In widely differnt places. Really bad fires. Look at this photo.

It is hot. And this is just July!