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05/29/2006: Earthquake

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Earthquake funeral
Indonesian girl cries at her mothers funeral, Times of Malta photo

Indonesia quake toll tops 5,000
Aid was trickling in on Monday for survivors of an earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island and left tens of thousands of homeless foraging for food and shelter.
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Indonesia quake may trigger Merapi eruption
Edward Bryant, a scientist specialising in natural hazards at Australia's University of Wollongong, said the tremor that generated the tsunami, Saturday's quake and increased activity at nearby Mount Merapi are all likely linked.
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Earthquake

How earthquakes happen
Thirteen animated screenshots
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Historic Worldwide Earthquakes (Sorted by Magnitude)
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Valdivia
Valdivia suffered catastrophic damage because of its proximity to the epicenter of the massive quake.

The Largest Earthquake in the World, Magnitude 9.5, Chile, 1960
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Earthquake Facts

The largest recorded earthquake in the world was a magnitude 9.5 (Mw) in Chile on May 22, 1960.

The world's deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1556 in central China. It struck a region where most people lived in caves carved from soft rock. These dwellings collapsed
during the earthquake, killing an estimated 830,000 people. In 1976 another deadly earthquake struck in Tangshan, China, where more than 250,000 people were killed.

It is estimated that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage.

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Earthquake Locator


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Category: General
Posted by: alexenberg
Prison
Pelican Bay State Prison houses California's most dangerous criminals

Number of U.S. inmates rises 2 percent
Prisons and jails added more than 1,000 inmates each week for a year, putting almost 2.2 million people, or one in every 136 U.S. residents, behind bars by last summer.
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One American in 136 is in prison. By comparison, the proportion in France is one in 1,000.

US Incarceration Stats from 2004

by Race:
Whites: 393 per 100,000
Latinos: 957 per 100,000
Blacks: 2,531 per 100,000

by Gender:
Females: 123 per 100,000
Males: 1,348 per 100,000

by Country:
Country prison rates from Sentencing Project
Prison rates by country



Incarceration growth rate
Incarceration growth rate
Source: Correctional Populations in the USA, 1997 & Prisoners in 2004


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Prison - Confinement in a State or Federal correctional facility to serve a sentence of more than 1 year, although in some jurisdictions the length of sentence which results in prison confinement is longer.

Jail - Confinement in a local jail while pending trial, awaiting sentencing, serving a sentence that is usually less than 1 year, or awaiting transfer to other facilities after conviction.


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Prison Shank
Confiscated Prison knife with many more in the background


Welcome to Prison
Photo gallery of prison life
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Virtual Tour - Inside a Maximum Security Prison


360 degrees
Interactive Perspectives on U.S. Criminal Justice System, nice website
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Prison
View from a pod of cells at Pelican Bay State Prison


A dozen random words from the Prisoner's Dictionary

Bullet: One year prison sentence..such as "They gave me a bullet."
Gaffle: To handcuff a prisoner.
Green Light: To be a target for death.
Hoe Check: Group beating given to a prisoner to see if he will stand up for himself.
Hoof: Hiding contraband in the rectum. As in, "He hoofed it."
Lettuce: Prisoners who go out to gang rape.
Little Bitch: A sentence of fifty or more years. See also "Big Bitch." (TX)
Ox: Razorblade.
Pillow Biter: Prisoner who is a rape victim.
Shokram: To slice someones throat, throwing a homemade weapon
Sucker Stroking: To get teary eyes missing one's girlfriend.
Toosh Hog: A hard ass. Someone who is tough and is respected by other convicts.
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Prison Barbed Wire
Photo by Chris Cozzone

The Cruelest Prison
Pelican Bay State Prison houses 'the worst of the worst' in the starkest isolation imaginable. Pelican Bay State Prison houses 'the worst of the worst' in the starkest isolation imaginable.
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Map of prison facilities by region
Select a region of the map to view facilities in that area; you can then access information specific to an institution or office.
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PrisonSucks.com - Research on the crime control industry
Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment
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Category: General
Posted by: alexenberg
Munich 1972

The Movie Munich was just released on DVD. I had strong feelings about the movie and wrote the piece below around three months ago.

Reconstruction of Israeli hostage room Christoph Draeger
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The movie "Munich" directs a world that is struggling with its moral compass in the wrong direction. I was anxious to see Steven Spielberg’s new movie because I remember the 1972 Olympics vividly. It was one of those events that impacted my life in a powerful way. I had just turned 11 years old, was living in Israel, sports was my obsession and the Olympics were a worldwide forum for my heroes to compete. When the Palestinian terror faction, Black September, shot dead two members of Israel’s Olympic team and took nine other team members hostage, I was heart-broken. Watching the masked terrorists on TV hour after hour and feeling the tension the adults around me were enduring was disconcerting and haunting. Somehow I just felt that the athletes would be OK, they would survive. I was on the couch about 10 feet away from my mother when she answered the phone, suddenly she burst into tears, my world stood still, she sobbed, "they murdered all of the athletes."

That moment sucked the naiveté of my youth from my core and replaced it with a gut punch whose impact will stick with me the rest of my life.

I thought a movie titled "Munich" would be about how the Black September terrorist’s murdered 11 innocent athletes on a world stage that was meant to symbolize peaceful cooperation between nations. Instead, I saw a movie that preached how there is no difference between people that target and architect the deaths of innocent civilians and the people who try to stop them. It is all jumbled together, terrorist … counter terrorist, what’s the difference? "Munich" portrays charming Black September leaders, one having a neighborly interaction with a local grocery store proprietor while buying wine and cheese; another has a nice family with a cute child playing piano. Never mind that they have innocent blood of the athletes and many other on their hands. "Munich" barely shows the suffering of the athletes and the fact that they were husbands and fathers.

"Munich’s" theme is about the moral struggle of the Israeli Mossad agents whose mission is to kill the terrorists who are responsible for the Olympic massacre. They are anguished and keep questioning if they are doing the right thing by killing the terrorists.

It is critical for a society to question its actions, to stop and ponder the morality of its strategies, tactics and methods. But, the context in which this is done is essential to the process. When a movie is called "Munich," it must be about the iniquity of the terrorist actions. Instead, "Munich" spends almost three hours implying that there is a moral equivalence between terrorists and those trying to stop terrorists.

The real 1972 Munich tragedy is a story that is fraught with moral failings. Israel offered to send in a counterterrorist commando unit to help free the hostages. Germany, despite having no anti-terror forces and no experience with this type of hostage situation, refused the Israeli offer. The result was a German rescue fiasco that left the Israeli athletes blown up or shot to death. The botched rescue left three of the terrorists alive and in German hands. Doing what terrorist groups do best, Black September terrorists simply hijacked a Lufthansa airliner fewer than two months after the Olympics and demanded the release of the three captured Munich terrorists, Germany immediately crumbled and released the three terrorists. After the Olympics, Israel requested help from European nations in trying to stop the flourishing Palestinian terrorist operations based in Europe but they would not cooperate. Lastly, The International Olympic Committee despite numerous requests continually refuses to have any type of memorial to honor the slain athletes for fear that it might offend some participating countries. These are the events of dubious moral substance that should define the 1972 Munich tragedy.

Israel continues to target terror masterminds in its fight to quell terrorism. To explore its effectiveness as a tactic in reducing terrorism is fair. To doubt if it is a proper tactic on moral grounds is not. People must see through the muck and lock their gaze on the magnitude of difference between targeting and killing children in pizza shops and targeting and killing the terrorists who kill the children.


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Category: General
Posted by: alexenberg
Barbaro
2006 Kentucky Derby Winner Barbaro

Barbaro Doing Better, but Fate Still Uncertain
"I honestly think his chance of survival right now are about 50/50. I wish I could say better, but I've done this a long time and horses are very, very difficult with this type of injury." Said Dean Richardson, who operated on Barbaro after the race Saturday.
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Fatal Horse Breakdowns
...many fractures can be and are repaired. However, the majority of horses who breakdown badly enough to fall, can not be saved.
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Horse surgery
Horse surgery

Being totally out of the loop on horse issues I find it interesting that there is a whole field on alternative horse care. How does one manipulate a horses back? I would think a crain would be required. Also, accupuncture for horses and a massage therapy association.

Alternative Medicine for Horses, Too
For equine veterinarian Dr. Karen Gellman — and an increasing number of other professionals in the field — the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture and other forms of complementary medicine don’t have to be exclusively reserved for humans.
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What is Chiropractic Care for horses?
Chiropractic adjustments have proven to be invaluable in detecting and treating gait abnormalities and other performance-robbing problems in the athletic horse. It has also been shown to alleviate pain in the back and neck of the horse. Some nerve damage, such as pressure on the sciatic nerve, has responded well to chiropractic adjustments.
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International Association of Animal Massage Therapists
The IAAMT is a Networking Association of Animal Massage Technicians trained and operating under guidelines specifically designed to achieve the ultimate benefits of the therapy.
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05/21/2006: The Edmund Fitzgerald

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The Edmund Fitzgerald
The Edmund Fitzgerald

Scientists detail storm in sinking of Edmund Fitzgerald
The Edmund Fitzgerald was in the worst place at the worst time when it sank in a severe Lake Superior storm, meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report.
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Edmund Fitzgerld underwater view
View of the Edmund Fitzgerld underwater

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
SS Edmund Fitzgerald was a cargo ship carrying 26,000 tons of iron ore pellets when it sank suddenly during a gale storm on November 10, 1975, while on Lake Superior. At the time it was launched in 1958, the 729-foot long, 75-foot wide freighter was the largest ship to ply the Great Lakes. The ship went down without a distress signal in 530 feetof water. All 29 members of the crew perished.


About The fateful voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald


Ransom Cundy
Ransom Cundy was a Watchman on the Edmund Fitzgerald

Edmund Fitzgerald Online
The most complete and thorough source of information on the internet regarding the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
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Gordon Lightfoot's popular song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", helped make the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sinking a well known marine disasters.
Heres a line-by-line explanation of Gordon Lightfoot's song, "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald"
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Category: General
Posted by: alexenberg
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Brain surgery may expose patients to deadly disease

Six patients who received brain surgery between Feb. 13 and March 14 at a suburban Denver hospital were alerted of a possibility that they might have been exposed to a rare contagious fatal degenerative brain disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease...traditional sterilization methods kill bacteria and viruses, but do not kill the CJD agent prion. Because of this, reuse of such tainted devices may subject patients to risk of a fatal disease.
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What is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease?
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. There is no treatment that can cure or control CJD. About 90 percent of patients die within 1 year. It is still extremely rare and only occurs in about one out of every one million people.

CJD is the most common human prion disease. A prion (pronounced 'pree-on') — short for proteinaceous infectious particle — is a unique type of infectious agent, as it is made only of protein.
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Oddly related

Boy with Kuru
Boy with Kuru

Kuru like Creutzfeldt-Jakob is now known to be a prion disease.


Laughing sickness transmitted through Cannibalism
Kuru, also known as laughing sickness due to the outbursts of laughter that mark its second phase, was first noted in New Guinea in the early 1900s. By the 1950s, anthropologists and Australian government officials reported that kuru was rampant with approximately 8,000 cases. The infected group partook in ritual acts of mortuary cannibalism, which behaviour was later determined to be responsible for the epidemic transmission of the disease. the disease all but disappeared with the termination of cannibalism in New Guinea.
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