Sunday, January 30, 2011

Egypt Chaos - Civilians watch over neighborhoods

In order to fill the vacuum left by the withdrawal of the police. Civilians armed with guns, knives, axes, golf clubs, firebombs, metal bars and any other makeshift weapon they can find are watching over many neighborhoods. They are defending their families and homes against widespread looting and lawlessness.

On Saturday, the army sent out an appeal for citizens to help.

"The military encourages neighborhood youth to defend their property and their honor," it said in a statement.

This is again a reminder to all of us that it can happen here. Remember New Orleans?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 the year the Earth struck back

This was the year the Earth struck back. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter of a million people in 2010 – the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Vesuvius's big daddy: The supervolcano that threatens all life in Europe

Two thousand years ago Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii. Today, a larger, far more deadly supervolcano lurks on the other side of Naples. If it erupts, Campi Flegrei could wipe out all life in Europe.

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