Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Life's Full Circle...

I'm sorry for lack of posts in recent months. As the Earth continues to turn, so does life's full circle.

Some readers may recall that in 2014, my "sissy" (roommate/sister) was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a difficult time with a happy ending. Surgery, chemo, hair loss, wigs, drastic diet changes were the challenges of the day. All were dealt with, moved from the "do list" to the "done list" with relative ease as she grew stronger and stronger, eventually  making a full recovery....or so we thought. (http://slaade.blogspot.com/2015/06/as-world-descends-into-chaos.html)

A few months ago, "sissy" began having a nagging pain in her left hip. For weeks she insisted she "slept wrong" or "pulled a muscle" in her sleep. After repeated pleas on my part, she finally made a doctor appointment. Nothing but inflammation was noted and anti inflammatory medications were recommended...but the pain continued. After 2 visits, she was referred to an Orthopedic surgeon. Tests were ordered and the diagnosis was stunning....the cancer had returned with a vengeance.

Yes, her breast cancer had returned and manifested in her skeletal system. Bone Mets (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bone-metastasis/basics/definition/con-20035450) has fully engulfed her ribs, arms, pelvis and left leg. Stage 4 re-occurring cancer. Words no one should ever have to hear. There is no cure. She is 47 years old.

Within 4 days of getting the devastating news, she was in surgery. Metal rods were placed in both arms, shoulder to elbow, in her left femur and a large lesion was removed from her left pelvis. The surgeon said it was a miracle her bones didn't break as the cancer has left "honeycombed" hollowed bone where once healthy bone existed.  That was 10 days ago. Yesterday we saw the oncologist. Radiation, oral chemo and numerous other medications to slow the cancer are the order of the day. Though there is no cure, bone loss will be an ongoing problem that must be addressed to ensure "quality of life" during her battle with this ugly, cruel disease. I am stunned, heartbroken and suffering cognitive dissidence. This can't be happening. But it is...

She literally worked (with a crutch) right up to the day she recieved the diagnosis... as a nurse (ironic isn't it?), a profession she loved and was dedicated to for the last 25 years. She was informed yesterday her nursing days are over. She can't lift. She can't be on her feet for 12 hours a day. Her immune system will be compromised. She can no longer be around sick people. More heart wrenching news. Now what? Where does our wonderful adventure go from here?? Our amazing synchronicity of events that led us to this beautiful place in the Appalachians is going to end like this?? Really? Is this Unfair? Fate? Bad luck? Why is this happening to such a good soul? I'm sure every person who has gotten this diagnosis has had the same type questions..to which there are no answers.

A dear friend of ours has started a Go Fund me for "sissy" to help out while she awaits the several denials for disability we have been assured will come. Her "social worker" said there is very little assistance for people like Melissa. She has no children, is single and not a minority. Basically, she gets NOTHING but whatever she can pry from the cold steel hands of .gov. Her health insurance will run out at the end of the month. She can not pay the full amount and will have to go on Medicaid. It will take months for any HARD EARNED relief. Most of us think that because we work for decades and pay taxes, .gov will be there if we fall victim to times such as these. Well, that assumption would be wrong. They will not help you, much less save you. That is the cold hard reality in the good ole U S of A. As Willie Wonka said, You get NOTHING! Plan accordingly.

Here is the link to her GoFund me account. Hard times are upon us all, but not nearly as difficult as the time that lies ahead for "sissy". Thanks for reading...will keep you posted. Namaste~ Slaade

https://www.gofundme.com/3spy7nc






Saturday, June 4, 2016

Clear view of meteor in Phoenix, Arizona on June 2, 2016

via Spaceweather.com

June 2nd just before 4 a.m. MST, a small asteroid hit Earth's atmosphere and exploded over Arizona. "There was a bright flash and the ground shook from the explosion," reports Chris Schur of Payson AZ, who says the flash of light was about 10x brighter than a full Moon. The explosion actually blinded a NASA camera located at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Arizona:


Watch the complete movie to get a sense of how bright the fireball was. The fact that the explosion saturated most cameras that saw it initially complicated analysts' efforts to pinpoint its nature and origin.

Schur missed photographing the explosion itself, but "we were able to get images soon after of the smoke train from this object." Here it is, twisting in the winds of the upper atmosphere before sunrise:


Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office says this is the brightest fireball detected in the 8-year history of the NASA's All Sky Fireball Network, an array of cameras that monitors fireball activity across the USA. According to NASA analysts, the asteroid was ~10 feet (3 meters) in diameter with a mass in the tens of tons and a kinetic energy of approximately 10 kilotons.

Eyewitness reports placed the object at an altitude of 57 miles above the Tonto National Forest east of the town of Payson, moving almost due south. It was last seen at an altitude of 22 miles above that same forest.

"There are no reports of any damage or injuries—just a lot of light and few sonic booms," says Cooke. "If Doppler radar is any indication, there are almost certainly meteorites scattered on the ground north of Tucson."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhjHqItKuGM

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The "Green Thing"...have we gone forward or backward? Enjoy....

Someone shared this Facebook post with me. I thought I would share it with you....

Debbie Donivan
February 5 ·



Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain:

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

 But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
 
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much

Monday, April 18, 2016

Catastrophic earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador-Latest updates...and it's only getting worse


JAPAN:Kumamoto

Country Japan
County / State Prefecture of Kumamoto
Area Greater Uki City region
Settlement
Coordinate 32° 38.871,130° 41.062

Number of affected people / Humanities loss

Dead person(s) 42
Injured person(s) 1500
Missing person(s) 10
Evacuated person(s) 200,000



Many Japanese manufacturers in the region have been forced to halt operations at their factories in Kumamoto and neighboring areas and more than 478 foreshocks or aftershocks were registered as being able to be felt by humans since Thursday, including two measuring 7 and three on the upper six of Japan's seismic scale. Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says 1,500 people have been injured, 80 of them seriously, in twin earthquakes on southern Kyushu island. Nine died in the quake on Thursday night. The fortification in the city of Kumamoto has stood as one of Kyushu's icons ever since it was built in 1607 by Kiyomasa Kato. Some shelters were too crowded to admit any more people, it said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan's rescue effort was to be augmented by the United States military. The Nikkei stock index ended the morning session 3 per cent lower, hit by a stronger yen and as investors weighed the impact of the disaster on manufacturers' supply chains and insurers. The tsunami warning has since been lifted by Japan's Met Agency. All commercial flights to the damaged Kumamoto airport were cancelled and Japan's bullet train to the region suspended. Self Defence Forces personnel in the town of Mashiki, close to the epicenter, were providing food and water. "We received only one rice ball and one cup of ice cream", a 25-year-old mother with a baby was quoted as saying. More than 3,000 packages of food and almost 8,000 sleeping kits were being delivered. NHK added that "hundreds of thousands of households are without electricity, gas and tap water". Japan's Kyodo news agency reported that about 380,000 homes in Kumamoto were cut off from water supplies. Though much of Toyota's manufacturing is centered in central Japan's Aichi prefecture, the company has suppliers scattered across Japan and worldwide. Toyota said it would suspend operations in stages at most of its vehicle assembly plants across Japan for roughly a week beginning April 18 as it was unable to source parts from some of its suppliers including affiliate Aisin Seiki. One of its major customers is Apple, which uses the sensors in its iPhones. A magnitude-6.5 quake struck late Thursday, killing 10 people. On Saturday, there were around 90,000 people. Overnight, rescuers digging with their bare hands dragged some elderly survivors, still in their pyjamas, out of the rubble and onto makeshift stretchers made of tatami mats. The Tanakas joined about 50 other residents of the southern Japanese town of Ozu who were planning to sleep in their cars at a public park Saturday after two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes that have killed 41 people and injured about 1,500, flattened houses and triggered major landslides. Hotel staff told guests, including tourists and journalists covering the quake, to evacuate their rooms and gather in the lobby for safety. "The four islands of Japan are on the edge of what's traditionally been known as the "Ring of Fire" - a stretch along parts of the Pacific Ocean prone to volcanoes and earthquakes. "We have already seen of several of the mid to upper 5 plus magnitude range, and over the next several days and weeks, we would not be surprised to see more earthquakes of this size", John Bellini, a geophysicist with the USGS, said. A magnitude 9 quake in March 2011, to the north of Tokyo, touched off a massive tsunami and nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima. In Kumamoto, around 91,000 people were evacuated to over 680 shelters.

ECUADOR:

Country Ecuador
County / State Departmento de Esmeraldas

Area 16 miles south of MuisneSettlement

Coordinate 0° 27.798,80° 48.700

Number of affected people / Humanities loss

Dead person(s) 350

Injured person(s) 2500

Missing person(s) 0

Evacuated person(s) 0



The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 350, and many survivors are believed to still be trapped inside collapsed buildings. The security minister, Cesar Navas, announced the updated toll and said rescuers were continuing to seek more victims and survivors. More than 300 aftershocks have rattled Ecuador in the 36 hours since Saturday's quake, some measured as high as magnitude 6.1, according to the country's Geophysics Institute. Speaking before the latest death toll was announced, Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, said an earlier figure of 272 would "surely rise, and in a considerable way". Correa said citizens would pull together after the disaster. "The Ecuadorian spirit knows how to move forward, and will know how to overcome these very difficult moments," he said. More than 2,500 people were injured in the disaster, which brought down housing blocks and air control towers, buckled bridges and cracked pavements. In the coastal town of Chamanga, authorities estimated that more than 90% of homes had been damaged. At least 100 of those killed in the quake were citizens of the regional capital Portoviejo. They included the Quinde family - a mother, father, teenage daughter and toddler son - killed when a four-storey hotel collapsed on their car. The Quindes were en route to drop off Sayira, 17, for her first term at university, where she had won a scholarship to study medicine. "I never thought my life would be destroyed in a minute," her aunt Johana Estupiƃ±an told Associated Press. At a girls' school in Playa Prieta, six members of staff including a Northern Irish nun were killed as the building collapsed. Sister Clare, 33, from Derry, was a nun in the Home of the Mother order. Her family said they believed she had been trying to lead colleagues out of the school to safety when a stairwell collapsed. "She was trying to get them down the stairs and the staircase collapsed. We knew she was trapped but information has been slow to come out," her cousin Emmet Doyle said. "She died as she lived, helping others."

Monday, March 28, 2016

Alaska Volcano Eruption: Pavlof: Color Code RED Alert Level WARNING

via Alaska Volcano Observatory
https://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Pavlof.php

A remote and active volcano on Alaska's Aleutian Islands erupted, sending ash 6,000 metres, or 20,000 feet, into the air, scientists said. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Pavlof Volcano, which is about 965 kilometres southwest of Anchorage and roughly 60 kilometres from the nearest community, erupted Sunday at 4:18 p.m. local time. Alaska State Troopers could not immediately say if there were any reports of injuries. The USGS says the eruption also led to tremors on the ground. The agency has raised the volcano alert to its highest level, which warns of hazards both in the air and on the ground. An image of the volcano posted on the Alaska Volcano Observatory website showed a thick streak of light grey ash arcing up out of the peak and streaming sideways across the sky. The agency says the volcano, which is about seven kilometres in diameter, has had 40 known eruptions and is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc. The USGS says that during a previous eruption in 2013, ash plumes rose 27,000 feet. Other eruptions have generated ash plumes as high as 49,000 feet. The community closest to the volcano is Cold Bay, which is about 60 kilometres southwest of it.

(For more details, click link above)

CODE DEFINITIONS
RED: Eruption is imminent with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere likely OR eruption is underway or suspected with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere [ash-plume height specified, if possible].
WARNING: Hazardous eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected.


Official Name: Pavlof Volcano
Type: Stratovolcano
Most Recent Activity: March 27, 2016
Seismically Monitored: Yes
Color Code: RED
Alert Level: WARNING
Elevation: 8261 ft (2518 m)
Latitude: 55.4173° N
Longitude: 161.8937° W
Quadrangle: Port Moller
CAVW Number: 312030
Pronunciation: Sound file
Associated Features: Little Pavlof
Nearby towns: Belkofski 23 mi (37 km) SW
King Cove 30 mi (48 km) SW
Cold Bay 36 mi (58 km) SW
Nelson Lagoon 48 mi (78 km) NE
Anchorage 590 mi (949 km) NE

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Image from Cold Bay, March 27, 2016, courtesy Royce Snapp


Friday, January 8, 2016

CALIFORNIA METHANE LEAK: REAL TIME TICKER

https://www.edf.org/climate/embed-aliso-canyon-methane-counter?utm_source=methane-counter&utm_campaign=edf_meth_upd_dmt&utm_medium=referral&utm_id=1450382041

I will keep the live ticker posted above as long as it keeps running.

via BBC

The governor of California has declared a state of emergency in a suburb of Los Angeles over the leaking of methane gas from an underground storage field.

Jerry Brown ordered "all necessary and viable actions" be taken to stop it.

More than 2,000 families have been moved from their homes and many people have reported feeling ill because of the leakage, which began in October.

It stems from a vast underground storage field in Porter Ranch, on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

Gas is spewing into the atmosphere at a rate so fast that the well now accounts for about a quarter of the state's total emissions of methane - an extremely potent greenhouse gas.
The well is situated in a mountainous area more than a mile away from residential areas, but residents have complained of health effects like headaches, nausea, vomiting and trouble breathing.
What has been the fallout?Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage captionPorter Ranch is about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles

Methane - the main component of natural gas - is a very strong greenhouse gas, capable of trapping solar radiation in the atmosphere.

It belongs to a category of gases called short-lived climate pollutants.

While methane and other short-lived pollutants remain in the atmosphere for a relatively short time compared to other gases, the California Air Resources Board says that "when measured in terms of how they heat the atmosphere, their impacts can be tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times greater than that of carbon dioxide".

The BBC's Matt McGrath says the large amounts of powerful gas that are leaking could have a significant impact on climate change.

Residents have been complaining of nausea, headaches and other symptoms, but the utility company says that "scientists agree natural gas is not toxic and that its odorant is harmless at the minute levels at which it is added to natural gas".

Health officials in the area have said the long-term effects of being exposed to the gas are unknown.

The utility company is providing temporary accommodation or funds for the displaced residents, and several thousand people in Porter Ranch have been relocated while the gas continues to leak and repairs take place.

But, according to CBS News, only 2,200 families have been relocated even though 6,500 have applied for help.

"You have kids going to school outside their neighbourhoods, families that are living in hotels" says Paula Cracium, president of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council. "The longer this goes on the more stress there is."

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Mysterious Bright Light Seen From Las Vegas to Ventura Was Russian Rocket Body: U.S. Strategic Command


via ktla.com


A mysterious bright light seen by witnesses from Las Vegas to Ventura Tuesday evening was a Russian rocket body re-entering the atmosphere, not a meteor as previously thought, according to the U.S. Strategic Command.



KTLA viewer Matt Decker of Oxnard shared this image of an unexplained bright light seen on Dec. 22, 2015.

The light was first reported by dozens of witnesses shortly after 6 p.m. Hours later, around 9:30 p.m., officials said it was a Russian rocket body.

"U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space), through the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), removed a Russian SL-4 rocket body from the U.S. satellite catalog as a decayed object after it re-entered the atmosphere today over North America (vicinity Arizona)," around 6:08 p.m. PST, said Deputy Public Affairs Officer Julie Ziegenhorn.

Officials could not accurately track the object after its initial contact with the atmosphere because of the damaging effects, Ziegenhorn added. Additional details were not available.

Earlier in the evening, Griffith Observatory Director Ed Krupp said the object was a bright meteor.

“The most likely thing people saw was the super heated column of air produced by a very small piece of interplanetary debris, something the size of a small pebble," he said.

Typically falling debris is natural and from our solar system, but it can also be “Earth stuff,” or debris that was in orbit that came down, Krupp said.

After the bright light streaked across the sky, people lit up social media with videos and theories as to what it could be.

It was described by witnesses online as a flaming streak, a UFO, and a meteor, andTwitter user @Trading2Wealth said there were two smaller lights next to the larger one.

Some even joked that Santa Claus was "doing a test run."

While the event seemed similar to one on Nov. 7, when an unannounced missile-test fired by the U.S. Navy prompted hundreds of people to swarm the Internet after another bright light lit up the sky in Southern California, officials confirmed it was unrelated.

SOLAR FLARE AND RADIO BLACKOUT...and more possible

via Spaceweather.com

SOLAR FLARE AND RADIO BLACKOUT: In the past 24 hours, sunspot AR2473 has quadrupled in size. On Dec. 23rd (00:40 UT) it erupted, producing an M4-classsolar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:



UV radiation from the flare bathed the top of Earth's atmosphere, ionizing atoms and molecules, and altering the normal propagation of radio transmissions. Around the South Pacific Ocean, where the sun was high in the sky, a full-fledged shortwave radio blackout occured. This map from NOAA shows the affected area:



The type of people who would notice such a blackout are ham radio operators, mariners, and some aviators who use shortwave radio in their work. The event lasted approximately half an hour.

More flares and blackouts are possible in the days ahead as AR2374 turns toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of M-class explosions on Dec. 23-24.