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March 11, 2011

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...but you-all may consider this an open thread.

That makes two in a row, then. The other one is a bit lighter.

Maybe this is an open thread on disasters and death and news that's in all the news media.

Major disasters are always a good time to check your own disaster preparedness, so that in the event it happens near you, you will be positioned to help others, rather than need help.

Tomorrow we will pull out the Apocolypse Box and go through, get rid of dated items, make sure that we have the right mix of food, water, clothes, and shelter. We have lots of camping/backpacking gear so we are generally well prepared for "roughing it" for a while. Probably refill the propane for the grill so we can still cook, change out the 10 gallons of gasoline in the garage, tune up the generator, etc.

For what it's worth:

TSUNAMI WARNING
in effect until Friday, Mar 11, 11:17 AM

...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER...

PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
in effect until Friday, Mar 11, 11:00 AM

...TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA COAST INCLUDING SAN FRANCISCO AND MONTEREY BAY...

A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED AND IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST. PERSONS AT THE COAST SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS.

OBSERVED WAVE HEIGHTS AND ARRIVAL TIMES AT TIDAL GAGES FOR THE FIRST WAVE:

2.5 FEET AT POINT ARENA AT 8:14 AM 1.6 FEET AT SAN FRANCISCO AT 8:19 AM 2.4 FEET AT MONTEREY AT 7:50 AM

NOTE THAT THE LARGEST WAVES MAY NOT HAVE ARRIVED YET SINCE THE TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES THAT MAY LAST FOR MANY HOURS.

PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND. AT THIS TIME THE AREA OF GREATEST CONCERN LOCALLY APPEARS TO BE IN AND AROUND THE NORTH END OF MONTEREY BAY NEAR THE SANTA CRUZ HARBOR. ONE FAVORABLE ELEMENT IS THE FIRST WAVES OF THE TSUNAMI ARE FORECAST TO ARRIVE DURING THE LOWEST TIDAL CYCLE OF THE DAY.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS... PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND AND BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. TSUNAMIS OFTEN ARRIVE AS A SERIES OF WAVES WHICH COULD BE DANGEROUS FOR AS MUCH AS 10 TO 12 HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME.

DUE TO RAPIDLY CHANGING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY...LISTENERS ARE URGED TO TUNE TO LOCAL EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM MEDIA FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ISSUED BY LOCAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AUTHORITIES. THEY WILL PROVIDE DETAILS ON THE EVACUATION OF LOW-LYING AREAS...IF NECESSARY...AND WHEN IT IS SAFE TO RETURN AFTER THE TSUNAMI HAS PASSED.

I'm not planning on worrying, myself. Also, it's bright and sunny out. Ta!

Cool graphic here of Tsunami effects in the Pacific:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/

Enjoy that while you can because NOAA's funding for earthquake, tsunami research and warnings is going to be gone soon.

Because it's science. Besides, the elitists at NOAA made up the idea that earthquakes in one portion of the world can cause damaging wave action across the globe.

They just want to scare us to secure their pensions and health care.

Also, I demand (non-negotiable), as do a great percentage of the ignorami, otherwise known as American voters, that not one penny of my tax dollars (stolen, remember?) should go toward "foreign aid" for Japan or any other country damaged by this earthquake and its effects.

The theft stops now to insure that the entire 50% of the U.S. Government Federal budget that goes to foreign aid be cut to zero.

We're broke. We're broke.

Do you know what I do to people who steal from me?

Moreover, President Obama should announce on Friday that all budget negotiations with the Republican Party are permanently canceled.

Why? Because he will also announce this evening that he is ordering the Treasury to default on the entire $14 trillion dollar national debt.

The bonds are worthless. No interest payments and good luck collecting the principal face value.

Burn the joint down. Just do it.

This will of course enable those mistreating Bradley Manning (do more with nothing? -- no thanks -- point me toward Galt's Gulch wherein a man and a horny woman can make good money running a private sector torture outfit) to abandon their posts and Manning may go free.

Because we're broke.

Mr. President, burn the f*cking joint down.

This has to stop.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/us-japan-quake-nuclear-clinton-idUSTRE72A4LR20110311?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

I'm telling ya ... we're broke.

Why hasn't Mickey Cantor condemned this action .... this theft of my money?

Spending my money to prevent a nuclear meltdown in Japan is tantamount to stealing my money so that liberals' spastic little kids can "compete" in the Sthepecial Olympicths.

It would be cheaper to send them to Siberia, which is now in northern New Hampshire because of the global warming hoax, to rot and die.

Paying for delivering this coolant could tip the U.S. Government into default and submerge the world's world's financial system in a catastrophic financial tsunami.

Someone, please stop them!

Please.


Oh, but don't forget Count Me - we do have to make sure the Westboro Baptist Church is provided, though, with a rolling bandwagon run on just ethanol so that they can roam around wherever they see fit to scream and yell and otherwise condemn us for our wickedness and destruction of moral fiber given that our actions brought on the earthquakes and tsunami.

Hey, the US government could pay for one-way tickets to Japan for the Phelpses (provided the regulations on the export of hazardous waste do not interfere).

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