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counter-inaugural counter intel #4
|| 12/31/2004 || 7:21 am || Comments Off on counter-inaugural counter intel #4 || ||

Still a lot hospitals checking out the website… It looks like we’ve got a daily visitor from NORAD-USSPACECOM too :-)


Nationals Press Conference Redux
|| 12/30/2004 || 1:33 pm || Comments Off on Nationals Press Conference Redux || ||

I just encoded the best clip (of 13 clips) of Adam’s Nationals Press Conference hijinks that took place on November 22, 2004, which were mentioned in the City Paper story “Arrested Developments” and the Loose Lips feature last week. Watch the clip in the format of your choice: Real Video or MPEG-1


counter-inaugural counter-intel #3
|| || 8:42 am || Comments Off on counter-inaugural counter-intel #3 || ||

Its not really “Intel” its just fun to see who’s been visiting the Inaugural Map via the Counter Inaugural website. I am glad to see that the Washington Post has been a daily visitor and now someone at the Associated Press is checking it out. I also found it interesting that the Department of Homeland Security is using an IP through Sprint, instead of “DHS.GOV”


counter-inaugural counter intel #2
|| 12/29/2004 || 5:32 pm || Comments Off on counter-inaugural counter intel #2 || ||

It’s not really “Intel” its more or less, “lets see who checked the website out!” Add this to yesterday’s government hits, and I guess you can say that there is a lot of activity in quite a few government agencies in preparation for the Inauguration. One interesting observation is the amount of people at hospitals that have checked out the Map. People from Johns Hopkins and a Kansas City hospital also checked it out.


sixth sense
|| || 12:42 pm || Comments Off on sixth sense || ||

From Yahoo News

“The strange thing is we haven’t recorded any dead animals,” H.D. Ratnayake, deputy director of the national Wildlife Department, told Reuters Wednesday.

“No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit,” he added. “I think animals can sense disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening.”

It should be noted that:

Researchers around the world continue to pursue the idea, however. In September 2003 a medical doctor in Japan made headlines with a study that indicated erratic behavior in dogs, such as excessive barking or biting, could be used to forecast quakes.

There have also been examples where authorities have forecast successfully a major earthquake, based in part on the observation of the strange antics of animals. For example, in 1975 Chinese officials ordered the evacuation of Haicheng, a city with one million people, just days before a 7.3-magnitude quake. Only a small portion of the population was hurt or killed. If the city had not been evacuated, it is estimated that the number of fatalities and injuries could have exceeded 150,000.

The Haicheng incident is what gave people hope that earthquakes might be predictable, says Michael, and what prompted the animal behavior studies by the USGS.

It was later discovered, though, that a rare series of small tremors, called foreshocks, occurred before the large quake hit the city.

“It was the foreshock sequence that gave (Chinese officials) the solid prediction,” Michael said.

Still, the Chinese have continued to look at animal behavior as an aid to earthquake prediction. They have had several notable successes and also a few false alarms, said Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and author of the books, Dogs that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and The Sense of Being Stared At.

A reproducible connection between animal behavior and earthquakes could be made, he said, but “as the Chinese have discovered, not all earthquakes cause unusual animal behavior while others do. Only through research could we find out why there might be such differences.”

Sheldrake did his own study looking at animal reactions before major tremors, including the Northridge, California, quake in 1994, and the Greek and Turkish quakes in 1999.

In all cases, he said, there were reports of peculiar behavior beforehand, including dogs howling in the night mysteriously, caged birds becoming restless, and nervous cats hiding.

Geologists, however, dismiss these kinds of reports, saying it’s “the psychological focusing effect,” where people remember strange behaviors only after an earthquake or other catastrophe has taken place. If nothing had happened, they contend, people would not have remembered the strange behavior.

I gotta wonder what the animals were up to earlier that day before the earthquake & tsunami. I also wonder if some sage people noticed the animals moving to higher ground and decided to follow them, I’d like to think I would have.

Good Friday & Christmas Day?
|| 12/28/2004 || 9:28 am || Comments Off on Good Friday & Christmas Day? || ||

What do Good Friday and Christmas Day have in common?

Both days had the two largest earthquakes take place on them.
Both are christian holidays and took place 40 years apart.

When I heard the Alaskan Earthquake in 1964 took place on Good Friday I created the link. However, technically the most recent earthquake took place on the 26th, but in my local time it took place at 8pm (EST) on the 25th.

Then add this to the mix!

counter-inaugural counter intel?
|| || 9:16 am || Comments Off on counter-inaugural counter intel? || ||

By analyzing the Inaugural Map website logs and using whois.arin.net to trace the IP addresses, these are the government agencies who visited the Inaugural Map on 12/27/04:


|| 12/27/2004 || 3:18 pm || Comments Off on Rumsfailed! || ||

From World Net Daily,

“I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples’ heads on television to intimidate, to frighten – indeed the word ‘terrorized’ is just that. Its purpose is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be something other than that which they want to be.”

(Emphasis added)

Any person who thought there was some Unanswered Questions about 911, just got a freebie!

Don’t forget Donald Rumsfailed had some narsty bedhead the entire Army PR trip!

I couldn’t pay attention to his message, so kept focus on the hair….

He also took some VERY scripted questions from soldiers. Check out this one I recorded.

Signs of the Time,
|| 12/26/2004 || 6:46 pm || Comments Off on Signs of the Time, || ||

|| || 12:58 am || Comments Off on SUMATRA-ANDAMAN ISLANDS EARTHQUAKE || ||

##Digital Scrap##

from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program:

2004 December 26 00:58:53 UTC

Magnitude 9.0
Date-Time Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 00:58:53 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 7:58:53 AM
= local time at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 3.307° N 95.947° E
Depth 30 km (18.6 miles) set by location program
255 km (155 miles) SSE of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
310 km (195 miles) W of Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
1260 km (780 miles) SSW of BANGKOK, Thailand
1605 km (990 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.6 km (3.5 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters Nst=370, Nph=488, Dmin=644.5 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=U
Event ID usslav

Felt Reports: This is the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and is the largest since the 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska earthquake. In total, more than 283,100 people were killed, 14,100 are still listed as missing, and 1,126,900 were displaced by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 10 countries in South Asia and East Africa.The earthquake itself caused severe damage and casualties in northern Sumatra, Indonesia and in the Nicobar Islands, India. It was felt (IX) at Banda Aceh, (VIII) at Meulaboh and (IV) at Medan, Sumatra; (VII) at Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India; (III-V) in parts of Bangladesh, mainland India, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The tsunami caused more casualties than any other in recorded history and was recorded nearly world-wide on tide gauges in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. At least 108,100 people were killed and 127,700 are missing and presumed killed by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Tsunamis killed at least 30,900 people in Sri Lanka, 10,700 in India, 5,300 in Thailand, 150 in Somalia, 90 in Myanmar, 82 in Maldives, 68 in Malaysia, 10 in Tanzania, 3 in Seychelles, 2 in Bangladesh and 1 in Kenya. Tsunamis caused damage in Madagascar and Mauritius and caused minor damage at two places on the west coast of Australia. Seiches were observed in India and the United States and water level fluctuations occurred in wells in various parts of the United States. Subsidence and landslides were observed in Sumatra. A mud volcano near Baratang, Andaman Islands became active on December 28 and gas emissions were reported in Arakan, Myanmar. (last updated 2/15/05)

The devastating megathrust earthquake of December 26th, 2004 occurred on the interface of the India and Burma plates and was caused by the release of stresses that develop as the India plate subducts beneath the overriding Burma plate. The India plate begins its descent into the mantle at the Sunda trench which lies to the west of the earthquake’s epicenter. The trench is the surface expression of the plate interface between the Australia and India plates, situated to the southwest of the trench, and the Burma and Sunda plates, situated to the northeast.

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