Saturday, July 30, 2016

NOAA: Massive Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Die Off

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courtesy: NOAA


NOAA has issued warnings not to fish,dive, swim or boat near the East Flower Garden Bank in the Gulf of Mexico. The advisories were issued because it is not know if the pathogens could potentially affect humans.

The reef is part of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, about 100 miles off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. Federal scientists say a massive die-off is taking place on that coral reef.

NOAA is reporting unprecedented numbers of dying corals, sponges, sea urchins, brittle stars, clams and other invertebrates. Sport divers discovered dead animals Monday, along with hazy water and patches of white mats coating corals and sponges. The divers alerted nearby federal scientists who were doing annual monitoring work on the same reef.

Some theories unrelated to NOAA study speculated the possibility the infamous BP oil spill of 2010 could be causing the problems in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

China Warns Military to Prepare for War

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China's news agency Xingua reported that Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission "urges Chinese troops to get prepared for combat by improving planning, equipment and logistical support in order" to be ready to "win the war."

Fan made the comments in recent inspection tour of China’s Southern Theater Command. The warning comes days after China officially warned the US that its patrols in the South China Sea - which despite last week's decision by the Hague tribunal - deems as its own, could end in "disaster."

 Read full Xingua post - (English translation below):

CPC Central Committee, Central Military Commission Vice-Chairman Fan Changlong emphasized recently in the southern theater forces research, to earnestly study and implement President Xi major strategic thinking and decision-making important instructions, adhere to the party's absolute leadership over the army, firmly grasp the Party in the new situation strong military target under the full implementation of the political army reform and a strong army, in army stepping up preparations for military struggle, strengthen the combat of military training, and constantly improve deterrence and combat capability, and resolutely obey the Central military Commission and President Xi command, and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. Central Military Commission, commander of the Air Force Ma Xiaotian, CMC member and rocket forces commander Wei Feng and were about to participate in research. Fan Changlong stressed the need to deeply understand the complexity of the grim situation facing the security, stepping up preparations for military struggle of the work to ensure that the order, be able to have to go win the war. Focus on the difficult situation to deal with complex, targeted research warfare countermeasures, revision and improvement plan program, deepen all aspects of preparation of personnel, equipment, security and so on. Depth specializing in refining and confrontational drills used in efforts to build a critical moment, to play a key role in the "dagger" forces, improve military and emergency response capabilities assault capability. Strengthen combat duty, well-organized air and sea patrol, firmly secure disposal of various contingencies, to ensure air safety side of the sea. We must resolutely implement the Party Central Committee and President Xi instructions requirements, support local flood prevention work to do, to protect people's lives and property, to restore normal production and life order to contribute

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

China Calls US Navy Buildup a Direct Threat to National Security

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The Chinese Global Times newspaper stated in an editorial "Beijing must prepare to make the US “pay a cost it can’t stand” if it intervenes in the South China Sea dispute by force, days before a court at The Hague rules on the territorial row between China and the Philippines.

The American military build-up in the South China Sea, including the deployment of two carrier strike groups, comes in defiance of China’s vital interests and represents “a direct threat to national security,” the state-run paper said in strongly-worded editorials.

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Iran Declares 100,000 missiles Pointed at Israel

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Iran has boasted of 100,000 missiles prepared to attack Israel, said General Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

During a day of violent anti-Israel sentiment and demonstrations in Iran, Salami claimed, “Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles that are ready to hit Israel to liberate the occupied Palestinian territories if the Zionist regime repeats its past mistakes,” reported Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.

“Today, the grounds for the annihilation and collapse of the Zionist regime are [present] more than ever.” Salami boasted that “tens of thousands of destructive long-range missiles” are aimed at Israel from Islamic territories.

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