Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac
Story Number: NNS120823-20 Release Date: 8/23/2012 4:39:00 PM
English: GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (June 12, 2010) Capt. Steven Blaisdell, commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, speaks at the 112th Philippine Independence Day Celebration at the Lyceum at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Approximately 1,500 Filipinos work as contractors at the base. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Sharpe/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) — Base officials at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba set Condition of Readiness (COR) level 3 in preparation for tropical storm Isaac, Aug. 23.
COR conditions 5-1 notify base residents and EOC personnel on proper preparatory actions required to properly secure the installation.
COR 3 is set when destructive winds sustain greater than 50 knots and are anticipated to reach the installation within 48 hours.
According to NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commanding Officer Capt. J.R. Nettleton, as the storm pushes rain and heavy winds toward the installation, preparations on the island include closing the hangars, securing buildings, moving people who are at risk into sturdier buildings, and hauling boats out of the water.
“Making the choice to be prepared is one I’m always going to make, because it’s about lives,” said Nettleton.
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If you want to know how people are feeling about the 2012 Olympic Games, just watch that giant Ferris wheel that looms over the River Thames in London. Once a night, the London Eye will light up in a pattern that reflects the prevailing sentiment about the games among Twitter users that day. Positive tweets will turn the thing yellow, negative ones purple.
If it sounds like an epic MIT student prank crossed with a bizarre corporate social media campaign, that’s because that’s pretty much what it is. EDF Energy, a major UK energy company and sponsor of the London Eye, hired a team of MIT engineers to develop an algorithm that scans Olympics-related tweets and assigns them points based on the intensity of positive or negative sentiment expressed therein. If the tweets are, say, 75 percent positive, the London Eye will turn 75 percent yellow.
How does it know what tweets are positive? According to the Telegraph, the algorithm checks the tweets against a library of some 2,750 words and phrases, including emoticons and non-standard English expressions like “omg” and, uh, “totes amazeballs.” Punctuation marks and intensifiers like “very” get factored in as well.
Read more: http://www.slate.com/blogs/five_ring_circus/2012/07/23/london_eye_twitter_a_social_media_campaign_has_transformed_the_english_landmark_into_an_olympic_sized_mood_ring_.html
Plasmodium sporozoite traverses the cytoplasm of a mosquito midgut epithelial cell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Think about how wild this is: scientists have identified a parasite that can make someone suicidal. Without psychologically influencing someone, humans can make other humans want to hurt themselves. Let me say it one more time; we can increase the likelihood of suicide attempts in certain individuals merely by exposing them to a parasite. This is an utterly overwhelming concept to me.
Medical News: Cat Litter Parasite Tied to Suicide Risk in New Moms – in Infectious Disease, General Infectious Disease from MedPage Today.
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just for the record…
“Monster” Colorado wildfire rages; Obama plans visit | Reuters
(Reuters) – Firefighters struggled on Wednesday to beat back a fiercely aggressive wildfire raging at the edge of Colorado Springs that has forced at least 35,000 people from their homes and was nipping at the edges of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The so-called Waldo Canyon Fire, fanned by gusting winds, has gutted an unknown number of homes on the wooded fringes of Colorado’s second-most populous city and prompted more evacuations as flames roared out of control for a fifth day.
President Barack Obama plans to pay a visit to the area on Friday to view the damage, the White House said.
The blaze flared Tuesday night with sudden ferocity and quickly overran fire containment lines, invading the northwestern corner of the city. But officials have declined to characterize the extent of property damage there.
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown told Reuters that he had “a number in mind” for the approximate tally of homes lost in Tuesday night’s firestorm but did not want to release that information until residents of those dwellings were notified.
The blaze left an orange hue over Colorado Springs, and a smoky haze hung in the air, so thick in places that the giant, roiling pall of smoke that continued to billow into the sky over the city was obscured from the ground.
Governor John Hickenlooper said after flying over the fire zone Tuesday night that he saw many homes destroyed in a “surreal,” luminous landscape below, but did not give a number.
Read the rest here
Man accused of crashing SUV into DC building – NY Daily News.
Police said the vehicle was intentionally driven into the building and the driver and the interior of the car was doused in gasoline. Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP
Sometimes I see articles that may not mean much now, but seem like they could somehow be significant in the future. I put them in my “Just For The Record” folder. Sometimes I save them because I want to see if a trend begins, other times I save articles if the subject is something that could be rather significant, or be developed into something rather significant, but is so far under-reported. I snagged this one when I saw the short initial AP release about the SUV crash. I had wondered why they hadn’t declared it domestic terrorism.
The entire release is as follows, from NYdaily.com on June 9 as reported by AP
WASHINGTON — Authorities say the man accused of driving an SUV into an office building in the nation’s capital has been charged with arson and other counts.
Gwendolyn Crump is a spokeswoman for District of Columbia police. She said in an email Saturday that 32-year-old Charles Morrell Ball of New Market, Md., had also been charged with felony destruction of property and felony unauthorized use of vehicle driver.
Authorities had said previously that they believed the driver intentionally crashed into the office building Friday night. The vehicle had been reported stolen.
The building is less than a mile from the White House in the city’s business district. It has a mix of offices, retail shops and restaurants.
Then also on June 9, a day after the crash, I noticed the Washington Post reports:
- The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was at the scene Friday evening
- D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Saturday that Ball’s “motive was not a terrorist motive.”
- Police spokeswoman Tisha Grant said that Charles Morrell Ball, 32, of Frederick County was charged with three felonies — arson, destruction of property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
- It appeared that Ball, the driver, had acted alone.
- Ball has “mental-health issues.”
- The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Ball is listed in the Maryland registry of sex offenders
- According to court records, he was convicted in 2008 in Carroll County Circuit Court of a third-degree sexual offense & he had been complying with sex-offender reporting requirements.
- Ball was convicted of three other charges since 2006 — two thefts and an assault.
- D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Ball was taken to a hospital for evaluation and was released into police custody. She said Ball gave “a good debrief” to investigators after his arrest. (What does that mean?)
- A witness said “a man who appeared to be the driver struggled with building security officers, then with police.