Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spilling The New Year In -Hawaii, Volcanoes Plus Jet Fuel Equals Disaster

Region 9 EPA Leasd Efforts To Contain Spill (January 30, 2015) The original spill occurred or was reported by January 21, 2015 -

42,000 They say. Is that when they started counting gallons, was the day it was reported? To be fair, it was reported and they are showing good effort in containing the jet fuel, to keep from further contamination.

It all leads to the ocean - especially if it is in the middle of the Ocean

It is difficult to condemn a business that is there because of the demand of consumers; travelers. It is worth thinking of alternative means of transporting ourselves. Or, we would have been better served had we thought this combustion thing all through.

Why wasn't I horrified more at the carnage that was always found on the front of my dad's trucks and cars?

February 2 Update From Region Nine (9) E.P.A. on Jet Fuel Spill (February 2, 2015) There is a big downplay as to the ecological damages, or perhaps the report has been written in a positive vein, hoping that the very company, operators, permitting engineers are the ones reporting, and committing to the action of clean-up.

There needs to be more than "they got the booms out there, and no fuel has actually made it in to the water see..." Except - the exclusion of the fuels and / or other toxins that are seeping or leaching into the well draining soils, sand and embankments.

The company who caused or allowed the spill should pay for a third party engineering organization, (other than the one they use). A proven ethical team & lab to run the numbers on weight, spills, rainfall, storms, wind and tectonic activities, and the possible rate and depth of penetration out of site that will not be measured until the area is proclaimed a toxic disaster.

Once abandoned, left for the taxpayers to pay, the company gets to jog merrily along, get a tax write-off, and may walk away unscathed by the disasters they have made.

What is worse, is that usually the same engineering companies who pushed those environmental permits through for the dirty polluters, who then get paid from the government (local, county, state or federal) to maintain records on the disaster site now classified for the National Priorities List.

Then, after a couple of years, they buy a new subsidiary with a new name, and viola! The old company returns, buys his place back for pennies on the dollar, gets Brownfield money for environmental clean-up, and help with reestablishing the land as usable by human beings.

The same engineering firms and corporations are enjoying all the wealth while the common person on the street is suffering the results from living with toxic products and processes, making poverty wages, while the CEO's of these corps get us to pay all the price for being poisoned.

This seems all dandy, but these trenches are unlined. That toxic liquid can seep and creep into the dust and soils.

42,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel was reported spilled and less than 20,000 has been retrieved. Beautiful Hawaii.

Latest update - February 10, 2015

There have over 19,000 gallons of jet fuel recaptured and work continues in trying to recover the spilled fuel.

DOH has reported that the fuel spill has not affected harbor activities and there are no closures. Boaters, fishermen, pier construction workers, office workers, wildlife and marine life are safe from the fuel spill as the fuel is underground. There are no drinking water wells in the area.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

ESA - Gaia Discovers Its First Supernova

Gaia Discovers Its First SuperNova by the European Space Agency (ESA)

Whenever I take a look at these wonders of the Universe, I wonder how anyone can doubt that our biosphere is an entire living entity.

Space In Images: 09/2014, Artist's Impression of Type of Supernova; 
  •                         Released 12/09/2014 10:00 am Copyright ESA/ATG medialab/C. Carreau

Gaia, is a word for Earth, but it is also an exploratory vessel from the European Space Agency, which goes out to check our Universe, and reports back, images and useful information. Gaia goes so far away, out into the far reaches of Space, that there is no easy way to explain the distance. It is a distance of time, not just space.

We did not begin exploring the wonders of Space in the 1950's, men have been working on solving Universal mysteries for ages. From ESA Science & Technology, here is an image that is ancient, in the book of Man.

There are many different ideas as to our place in the Universe, as to whether we are the only intelligent life, and if we are the first two-leggeds to come to planet Earth. There are many, many discoveries that say no.

Archeological Discoveries & Ancient Astronauts [FULL DOCUMENTARY]

It is my opinion, that we are foolishly arrogant when it comes to the Human species, and I think it would behoove us to treat our Universe, Earth, and Fellow travelers well.

Not Just Cool - It's A Gas

Not just cool – it’s a gas by the European Space Agency (ESA)  September 12, 2014.

Scientists are trying out using a new gas technology for steering satellites. There are many positives that are being pointed out, with the new technology, introduced by a new Dutch start-up. 

On Earth, it is now fighting fires without harming the environment – and business insiders say it could be revolutionary. 
"Supported by ESA, a Dutch start-up company is applying this space-age ‘cool-gas generator’ to fighting fires in sensitive locations, like data centres, libraries and petrochemical plants.  "
Using the newly developed "Exxfire" products, are proving to be valuable, ecologically viable and will possibly open up new possibility for those in space, as well as on the ground.

Unlike most of my readers, when I saw this quirky title from the European Space Agency, all I could think of was, The Fifth Dimension, and music from the 1960's. 

Mad Magazine - It's a Gas by Casey Killingsworth on YouTube

Yes, I do have some jokes. The seriousness of climate change, the lost of habitat, and species on our Earth is a serious matter. The Industrial Ruling Class (Trudell), have taken it to the next level. Ocean acidification, plastic pollution, oil spills, train wrecks, droughts, and storms are serious. Help me to remember to laugh, and find humor, in even the worst case scenario. , 

 Exxfire’s cool-gas generator stores the gas in solid form in an pressurized cylinder.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hubble Shows Farthest Lensing Galaxy Yields Clues to Early Universe | NASA

Hubble Shows Farthest Lensing Galaxy Yields Clues to Early Universe | NASA 

July 31, 2014  - RELEASE 14-205

It is safe to state that all of the geological theories we have been taught in Universities, are missing key elements. Look at the micro world of Geology, and then the Universe. Human beings have always had a misguided sense of importance in our place in the biosphere. It is plausible to consider we may actually not be kindred to apes and the like, but more resemble the dreaded and hated cockroach.

The cockroach, seems to have survived insurmountable odds of disasters that have struck down thousands of civilizations on our planet. They are carriers, like humans. They don't get sick. Have you ever seen an ill cockroach? The only roach I have ever seen, that appeared to be under the weather was a cockroach who has been poisoned. They do not go away, except for a short time. Wherever humans are, roaches are. This says a lot about the human species.

Each day, thanks to the endeavors of scientists  and explorers, we are reaching farther into space, and away from Earth. Some are hopeful for a new habitat of a select group of human beings, others with good intentions see the end of this Geological Era coming at us as fast as an errant asteroid. My own theory about what we will find, is laughable to most other scientists, so I will keep that to myself for now, but here is a hint. Everything in nature, works like the human body. 

When a human body suffers trauma, the whole system of the human being goes into heal mode. That system is very complex, but less of a mystery today, because of the continual process of using the scientific method. Two hundred years earlier, physicians thought a fever was the worst thing that could happen to a patient, but today we know that fever is a good thing in most cases. Our anti-bodies are on a search and destroy mission, to destroy what ails us. What makes us so arrogant, that we do not consider that the Universe operates the same way? 

Who is to say that an asteroid is not an anti-body, that a pyro-clastic volcanic explosion, is not part of healing Earth's systems? It may be something to think about. Coming from a cockroach point of view. Who do we think we are, versus the Universe?

Mount St. Helens Eruption May 18, 1980 (2010) US Geological Survey (USGS)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ancient Earth fossils could be found on the moon - space - 28 July 2014 - New Scientist

Ancient Earth fossils could be found on the moon - space - 28 July 2014 - New Scientist

Here we go folks, there are some of us geology students, who have some opposing theories as to the formation of Earth as we know it, from the early break-up of Pangaea, to the formation of the Ozark Orogeny, and even today in some ways, Earthlings have been led to believe we are the center of, and the most important thing going for all of our biosphere.

The more exploration into space via cameras and telescopes, the more mysteries are solved

This particular project took place in Antarctica, where scientists are searching for meteorites and chunks of asteroids. Due to their findings, this strengthens the idea that pieces of Earth can be found on other planets as well.  . 

According to this article, no one has found valid proof of earth's germs or debris on the moon. One theory about asteroids and other chunks of stuff that has been found on both the Moon and Mars, and chunks of meteorites retrieved for study from Earth, surmise it is a possibility that planets randomly chunk rocks at one another. 

ALH 84001 and Other Martian Meteorites - Stanford - YouTube

That said, there is hope that some ancient fossils from an earlier Planet Earth may prove that theory to be true.

It is understandable that scientists want to try to find another habitat for humans to land, but that will not happen. We need to heal and care for what we were given. 

NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Reveals New Source of Gamma Rays | NASA

NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Reveals New Source of Gamma Rays | NASA , 

July 31, 2014,  RELEASE 14-209

NASA I Fermi Catches a 'Transformer' Pulsar - YouTube

No man is an island, and Earth is not the center of the Universe. If Earth is the center, and most crucial portion of the universe, then we are all in big trouble. 

Being human, requires us to be considerate of all life around us. It seems odd to me, that people who say they are God-centered, do not respect this planet or our universe. Life, Earth, and the Solar System, is all just some unexplained, unseen "down there," or mysteries gold mansions, and pearly gates "up there". This from religious zealots who cannot stand to give science a look, because they are afraid of fact finding. 

It was not until well past my fourth decade of life and learning, did I realize the enormity of systems at work from the hand of some life giving force. When majoring in Geology / Environmental Geology at the University of Arkansas, at Little Rock, AR., I had to look at the enormity of the Biosphere, and at minuscule particles, gases and liquids that are the tiniest pieces of everything made - including Human Beings.  

It was difficult to wrap my mind around at first, but as I "got it," there was enough new scientist about me, that I began to question some of the theories created around the Geo-physical principals we accept and subscribe to. 

No longer in college, my study of the universe has continued with a passion. I am re-forming theories I once believed, and am now asking questions, and am actively seeking answers. My thinking is that the entire universe is connected. That the Earth is just one small part of the entire body. It should not seem strange that with how vast our universe is, there should be many planets, moons and stars that contain sophisticated life. 

It is not illogical to consider that the natural healing systems, and anti-bodies within in us as humans and other critters, apply to planets and atmosphere's too. It is my learned opinion is that the box we humans have Creator stored in, is much much larger than we can even imagine; it surpasses what we understand in time and space measurements. 

I hope you enjoy this post, and keep in mind, our universe could have been exploded millions of years ago, and we haven't gotten the memo yet. Just a theory mind you, just a theory. 

How Are Humans Exposed to Gamma Rays? from the E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Want to learn more about Radiation? University of Michigan; Introduction to Radiation.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tribal ecoAmbassador Program, and 2014 EPA Policy Announcement: EJ

EPA Policy on Environmental Justice for Working with Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples - July 2014 is an eleven page document outlining the plan of the Environmental Protection Agency, to work with recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples.


Tribal ecoAmbassador Program Accepting Applications

Tribal ecoAmbassador
The American Indian Environmental Office is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program, which funds research at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to address environmental and health issues affecting their communities. EPA’s Tribal ecoAmbassadors program helps tribal college professors, students and community members bring environmental improvements to their schools and neighborhoods.
Applications are being accepted through July 31 from TCU professors who wish to establish independent study courses with tribal students on issues including but not limited to climate change, air quality, water quality, and waste management. Selected Tribal EcoAmbassadors will each receive a grant and will be responsible for recruiting qualified students, participating in training sessions led by EPA, producing a report that outlines research, results, and proposed solutions to the chosen topic, and presenting their research at a future meeting attended by both EPA and tribes.
To apply, please fill out and submit the application. For questions, please contact Marissa McInnis at mcinnis.marissa@epa.gov or at (202) 564-2467.
To find out about current and previous Tribal ecoAmbassadors visit http://www.epa.gov/ecoambassadors/tribal/.

Here is one woman's story of how the Dept of Justice, the EPA and citizen involvement made all of the difference. Sometimes it isn't as easy as calling 9/11, or just texting it in. In these days and times, it would be advisable, to follow up, and help stop the toxic polluters in their tracks.