OMFG – Yellowstone Eruption In 2016? Can Shakespeare Help Me?

Thanks to Kelli Shrugs for bringing this to my attention (and to Shakespeare for the prescient lines -scroll down past pic.). The full headline reads:

Yellowstone Eruption In 2016? Shocking New Video Shows What Is Really Going On At Yellowstone

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Over the past week, our planet has been hit by large earthquake after large earthquake, and according to Volcano Discovery there are 38 volcanoes around the world that are erupting right now.  We have seen a dramatic spike in global seismic activity that is unlike anything that we have seen in ages, and that is why what is going on at Yellowstone, is so incredibly alarming.  Geologists tell us that a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would have up to 2,000 times the power of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption of 1980, and approximately two-thirds of the country would immediately become uninhabitable.  As you will see below, there are signs that something big is getting ready to happen at Yellowstone, and if it does erupt all of our lives will be permanently changed forever.
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Not being a Bible reading type of person, in times of stress I usually turn to Shakespeare for solace or inspiration. And sure enough I found these lines which helped me understand we cannot change the course of nature and must accept the inevitable.

The night has been unruly: where we lay,
Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,
Lamentings heard i’ the air; strange screams of death,
And prophesying with accents terrible
Of dire combustion and confused events
New hatch’d to the woeful time: the obscure bird
Clamour’d the livelong night: some say, the earth
Was feverous and did shake.
(Macbeth, 2.3)

Good old Shaky, always hits the spot.

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Missing Malaysian Aircraft: Crash Or Cover Up

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I’d love it if the whacko conspiracy theory that the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was actually captured in a tractor beam and pulled into the gaping maw of a mothership leading the alien invasion fleet that has been orbiting earth masked from visual and radar contact by an electronic Cloak of Invisibility turned out to be true. Actually that might not be a conspiracy theory, it’s quite possible I just made it up. Some of the stories being picked up by semi credible news sources are almost as bizarre however (semi credible is as good as it gets for news sources these days).

International Business Times runs with the idea that the plane has been kidnapped. Somali pirates in the stratosphere (well not quite that high, their drug of choice is Qat) you might well ask. I don’t know but if this story is even slightly true something weird is going on:

The mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has deepened with the Chinese media reporting that several of the passengers’ mobile phones were connecting when called by relatives, but the calls were not picked up.

The sister of one of the Chinese passengers on board the vanished flight called his phone live on TV, the Mirror reports.

“This morning, around 11:40 [am], I called my older brother’s number twice, and I got the ringing tone,” said Bian Liangwei. At 2pm, she called again on air and heard it ringing once more.

“If I could get through, the police could locate the position, and there’s a chance he could still be alive” she said. The number has now been passed on to Malaysia Airlines and the Chinese police.

A man from Beijing also called his missing brother on the plane, and reported to the airlines that the phone connected three times and rang before appearing to hang up, according to Shanghai Daily. Media reports claim that the brother had called the number in the presence of reporters before informing the airline.

The Straits Times reported that many of the family members told MAS executive Hugh Dunleavy that the commuters’ mobile phones were ringing but were not being answered.

Dunleavy replied that MAS was calling the mobile phones of the crew members as well, which were ringing, and that he had given the numbers to Chinese investigators.

Relatives of the passengers are urging the authorities to search for the location of phones that rang using the Global Positioning System.

Read more at International Business Times

It has also been reported in Malaysian newspaper The Straits Times that angry family members threw water bottles at an MAS spokesman and threatened to protest in front of the Malaysian embassy in China if the airline did not “disclose” the “truth”.

Chinese media reports several of the passengers’ mobile phones were connecting when called by relatives, but the calls were not picked up.

“This morning, around 11:40 [am], I called my older brother’s number twice, and I got the ringing tone,” said Bian Liangwei, sister of one of the passengers. At 2:00 pm, Bian called again and heard it ringing again.

“If I could get through, the police could locate the position, and there’s a chance he could still be alive.”

She has passed on the number to Malaysia Airlines and the Chinese police.

It has since been denied that calls to cellphones belonging to passengers on the doomed flight are connecting.

Last Sunday night, a Vietnamese search and rescue plane reported spotting possible fragments of the missing plane around 50 miles south-southwest of Vietnam’s Tho Chu island. Volunteer workers say it appears to have ben a false alarm was another false alarm.

Authorities in Vietnam claimed seeing among floating debris items such as life jackets and a door lining. It’s been confirmed, however, that those objects were not from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Boeing 777-200 jet that went off the radar over the Gulf of Thailand .

Relatives of the passengers on the flight have urged the authorities to search for the location of phones that rang using the Global Positioning System.

One of the biggest mysteries in this story is the question, how can a Boeing 777 just vanish into thin air leaving no debris on the oceean surface and no signals from it’s almost indestructible Black Box flight recorder?

Along with the Black Box a transponder on the plane and a radar beacon should continue transmitting its location even if the aircraft comes down in water and sinks. This signals are designed to provide air traffic controllers on the ground with the aircraft’s speed, altitude and direction, and also it’s position if it is neither moving nor airborne according to aviation reporter Tom Clarke, of UK Television Channel 4 News.

But the signal from the transponder was lost at 1.20am, without a change in altitude or course, which has suggested to some a sudden event caused the plane to crash.

Crews however are also able to speak to their airline through ‘discrete radio channels’, another aviation expert John Goglia, wrote on the Forbes website

The Boeing 777 is considered one of the world’s safest passenger jets, and among its standard equipment are a range of technologies designed to keep it in touch with air traffic controllers on the ground.

The ASD-B flight transponder which, unlike the GPS in a car, broadcasts its location by sending information back to air traffic controllers every second, ought by itself be enough to prevent a Boeing 777 to disappearing completely without leaving any trace.

According to the information we have this is precisely what happened to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The sudden cessation of all communication, without a distress signal, suggests a ‘catastrophic failure of the aircraft’.

Press releases from aircraft builder Boeing state “A complete electrical failure is extremely unlikely because of redundancies in the system, especially the ram air turbine which uses the power of the wind generated by the aircraft’s motion in flight to generate electricity which would power critical navigation and communication systems, as well as flight controls.

“But even if the aircraft had a complete electrical failure, the aircraft could have continued to fly.”

Ships and aircraft from over six nations including Malaysia, the U.S.A, Idia, China and Singapore are scouring a wide area in the South China Sea where the plane was last seen on radar.

Meanwhile, 20 passengers on the missing plane are world-class electronic geeks for a major Defense contracting company that specializing in such things as weapons that disappear planes and ships for the battlefield.

They are employed by a company designing and manufacturing cutting edge electronic weaponry for the Department of Defense. Such weaponry includes those making it possible to vanish planes off the radar, as Deborah Dupré reported this weekend in the article, Malaysia Plane Hidden With Electronic Weaponry? 20 High-Tech EW Defense Passengers.

That could just be coincidence of course. Perhaps those people who like to tell us there is a simple, scientific explanation for everything would like to give us a simple scientific explanation for this one.

You’ll have to excuse me now, there’s a tall, skinny, grey guy with enormous eyes at the door and he’s not happy about what I’ve been writing.

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Impending Disaster That Is Not Ukraine Related

It has been par for the course throughout the 21st century and most of the 20th that the news you heard on broadcast media news or read about in the press is not the stuff that mattered. here’s a story that has been bubbling (oops, pardon!) for some time that dwarfs Ukraine, Syria, the economic crisis, climate change and even the imminent invasion by aliens that I keep reading about but can find no hard evidence of. It concerns the state of the supervolcano under Yellowstone Park in the north west USA.

from Intellihub:
In what may prove to be bad news for a one-thousand mile swath of the United States, the massive Yellowstone supervolcano may be on the brink of a massive explosion that would be categorized as an extinction level event (ELE).

In fact, recent reports suggest that ancient Helium4 gas has breached the surface layers of yellowstone’s crust,escaping into the atmosphere. Now couple that with the recent and abrupt ground level rise in the park–and we may be looking at a spell for disaster.

I mean after all, as Michio Kaku, famous theoretical physicist, pointed out on a Jan. 2011 CNN newscast, “When it blows [Yellowstone] it could destroy the United States as we know it. […] That’s what is making us nervous”

I don’t know about you but to me the thought of living in that region is horrifying, but what do I know, I live right near a massive volcano myself in Hawaii.

Later in the newscast the popular physicist points out how a 1000-mile ring of the U.S. would likely be destroyed if the supervolcano actually went. And as scary as that seems to some, we are actually quite overdue for the big one. In fact, the last Yellowstone eruption was thought to have happened around 630,000-years ago, meaning we are 30,000 overdue for a total explosion.

Kaku also pointed out that, “Every single burp, murmur, of this gigantic supervolcano, including the rise above sea level, has to be watched very carefully”.

Continue reading about the yellowstone supervolcano at Intellihub

I love the first comment in the thread on this story (the story is factual, comments are a different matter) which says that volcanic eruptions are caused by cosmic rays and we can prevent disaster by shielding the Yellowstone craters (what with, paper parasols?)

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Sat Nav all at sea?

As stories continue to come into the Boggart Blog news desk about Sat Nav misdirecting users we wonder how serious the problem is.

The story filling the newspapers and televison news today is of course of the Italian cruise ship that ran aground in calm clear weather and capsised with no British lives lost (which is nice).

Marine safety experts and opportunistic journalists are now asking how could this dister happen on a modern ship with all the latest high tech navigation aids.

Boggart Blog knows the answer of course. They were using Sat Nav.

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Thought Provoking

Not being funny today, it’s been far too hectic.

I’ve heard a lot of people saying over the weekend however that the double disaster of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has shown them just how powerful nature is and how helpless even the most advanced nations are when the earth goddess snaps her fingers.

Maybe now we will stop listening to the siren song of scientists who tell us they can tame the forces of nature. Maybe they can on a mathematical model but reality is just a tad different.

So we will keep taking the piss out of people who are wasting money and brain power on researching the perfect toast and marmalade or discovering empathic chickens (see last two days posts) and let you know what the 52% of your money the government spends for you is being wasted on.