Saturday, October 5, 2013

MASS BIRD DIE-OFF: Plagues & Pestilences - Hundreds Of Chickens Mysteriously Die Suddenly In Bogor, Indonesia?!

October 05, 2013 - INDONESIA - Taste was was now haunt the residents of Taman Sari, precisely in Kampung Kabandungan, Ciapus village, Bogor regency, because of their cattle that died suddenly.

Ilustrasi--ANTARA/Arief Priyono / fz.

Until now, people do not know what the cause of death of chickens.

According Pandi, one of the neighbors, livestock events chicken they died suddenly, has occurred since the end of last week.

He said, if counted as a whole number of chickens matii more than 100 individuals.

"The number of dead was much. Hundred more tails. Due not in a RT, but there is in some RT," says Pandi who met in the middle of nowhere to bury dead chickens (without any combustion process or wrapped), Tuesday (1/10) .

He said the first incident was the chicken died suddenly in RT 2/RW 09. But now ranging from RT 1, RT2, RT3, RT RT 4 and 5, there are citizens of the chickens died suddenly. (Dede Susianti). - Metrotv News. [Translated]

FIRE IN THE SKY: Giant Fireball Explodes Off The Coast Of The Philippines, Hitting The Waters Off Zamboanga - Villagers And Authorities Baffled?!

October 05, 2013 - PHILIPPINES - For two days now, villagers and authorities in the west coast of Zamboanga remain baffled after a big ball of fire streaked from the southern skies at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, hitting the coastal water before exploding and illuminating nearby villages.

File Illustration.

Senior Inspector Edilberto Alvarez, the police commander of Station 9, confirmed the mysterious phenomenon but could neither offer a clear explanation of the incident at Barangays La Paz and Talisayan.

Alvarez said a dull but loud explosion occurred later at the sea water fronting Barangay Talisayan.

"It was confusing because based on my own experience an improvised bomb if exploded would not create such bright and colorful light covering a massive area compared to that one... whatever it was," Alverez said.

The police official also dismissed the possibility that the ball of fire that exploded was man-made.

The police official said investigation conducted from among the residents of Talisayan disclosed that that ball of bright glaring fire streaked from above the skies came from east to west, passing through the airspace of Barangay La Paz toward Talisayan.

The areas were brightened up briefly by the passing mysterious ball of fire that hit the middle of the sea water in front of the NY canning company in Talisayan and exploded.

The police commander said none of the people in the area could also tell who were responsible for such mysterious explosion.

Alvarez they continued to investigate but admitted limitations in going deeper since the area where the ball of fire landed and exploded was in the deep sea. - Phil STAR.

THE AGE OF OBAMA & CHILDHOOD'S END: Precursors To The End Of The U.S. Corporation And The Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - U.S. Treasury Warns Debt Ceiling Standoff Could Cause 'Catastrophic' Default, As U.S. Banks Stuff ATMs With 20-30% More Cash In Case Of Panicked Withdrawals!

October 05, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Even as the fearmongering over the debt ceiling hits proportions not seen since 2011 (when it was the precipitous drop in the market that catalyzed a resolution in the final minutes, and when four consecutive 400 point up and down DJIA days cemented the deal - a scenario that may be repeated again), some banks are taking things more seriously, and being well-aware that when it comes to banks, any initial panic merely perpetuates more panic, have taken some radical steps.

US Banks Stuffing ATMs With 20-30% More Cash In Case Of Panicked Withdrawals.
The FT reports that "two of the country’s 10 biggest banks said they were putting into place a “playbook” used in August 2011 when the government last came close to breaching the debt ceiling. One senior executive said his bank was delivering 20-30 per cent more cash than usual in case panicked customers tried to withdraw funds en masse. Banks are also holding daily emergency meetings to discuss other steps, including possible free overdrafts for customers reliant on social security payments from the government."

The problem with bank runs is that often times, steps taken to mitigate future panics become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Hopefully this is not one of those cases. Then again, since increasingly fewer Americans actually have money in deposit and savings accounts with banks, there is likely nothing to worry about. - Zero Hedge.

Debt Ceiling Standoff Could Cause 'Catastrophic' Default, Treasury Warns.
The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday released a report warning of potentially "catastrophic" damage should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the government from defaulting on its debt.

"A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic: credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, U.S. interest rates could skyrocket, the negative spillovers could reverberate around the world, and there might be a financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse," the report states.

In recent weeks, Wall Street has become increasingly skittish about the prospect of default, as top Republicans have argued that a standoff over the debt ceiling offers their party the most leverage to exact concessions from a Democratic Senate and a Democratic president. On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the debt limit a useful "forcing mechanism." President Barack Obama has said he will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States.

The cost of insuring one-year U.S. bonds against default has quintupled since Sept. 23, according to data from Markit, a financial information company. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said that the government will run out of legal options to avoid defaulting on the national debt by Oct. 17.

Thursday's Treasury report mentioned that even the prospect of default can cause economic problems, including lower consumer confidence, stock market volatility and higher interest rates on business loans and mortgages. An actual default could have consequences for years to come. The U.S. has never defaulted on its debt, which is widely considered to be the world's safest financial asset.

"Considering the experience of countries around the world that have defaulted on their debt, not only might the economic consequences of default be profound, but those consequences, including high interest rates, reduced investment, higher debt payments, and slow economic growth, could last for more than a generation," the report states. - Huffington Post.

WATCH:  Default Danger.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For October 5, 2013 - Updates On Tjörnes Fracture Zone, Batu Tara, Dukono, Santa María, Popocatépetl, Santiaguito, Pacaya, Fuego, Sangay, Cotopaxi, Reventador, Tungurahua And Copahue!

October 05, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of  Volcano Discovery.

The Húsavík-Flatey (HFF) transform faut and location of earthquakes in the TFZ (IMO).

Tjörnes Fracture Zone (North of Iceland): The earthquake swarm has decreased in intensity. At least some scientists believe that the cause has been a magmatic intrusion in Iceland's northern rift zone that activated the Húsavík-Flatey (HFF) transform fault at the southern limit of the TFZ where the earthquakes were concentrated.

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): Ash explosions regularly produce plumes up to about 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude, such as this morning. Activity (strombolian-type) on the remote island remains strong.

Dukono (Halmahera): An eruption produced an ash plume observed on satellite data. Estimated altitude was 6,000 ft (1.8 km). (VAAC Darwin).

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): No changes in the currently low activity have occurred. Moderate steaming, occasional weak ash venting / small explosions (at rates of approx once / 2 hours) and glow at the summit at night characterize the current phase. CENPARED's alert level remains "Yellow Phase 2".

Crater glow and steam plume from Popocatépel early this morning.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): INSIVUMEH reported no explosions and no movements at the blocky lava flows on the dome's flanks, but heavy rainfalls inhibit detailed observations. Strong degassing is observed.

Pacaya (Guatemala): (Strombolian) Explosions occur every 3-5 seconds, INSIVUMEH reports.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity is very low. Almost no explosions have occurred recently. The lava flow on the upper south flank seems to be still weakly active.

Sangay (Ecuador): During a recent overflight on 20 Sep, IGP found the crater of the volcano cold and partly covered with snow. No explosions were observed, different from most previous times in the past 11 years when the remote volcano had been surveyed.

Aerial view from the NE crater (left ) and the corresponding thermal image (right ) of Sangay (P. Ramon , IGEPN)

The highest temperatures measured in the crater area were about 67°C and the youngest lava flows had temperatures of about 31°C. A large warm zone (part of the summit dome) is located between the central and the northeast crater, which already had been noted during the last overflight in April.

The observations made during the overflight seem to indicate a decrease in the activity of Sangay compared to that observed in the last 10 years. This fits well to ground observations from August and September when no explosions were seen or heard from the volcano.

Reventador (Ecuador): Activity has remained unchanged at moderate levels. Weak glow from the summit, intense steaming and few ash explosions occur.

Reventador volcano last evening with crater glow and steam/ash venting.

Cotopaxi (Ecuador): IGPEN surveyed the volcano on 20 Sep. Maximum temperatures in the active crater were found at 55.7 °C and no unusual signs of activity or significant morphological changes compared to recent years were observed.

The crater of Cotopaxi on 20 Sep (P. Ramon IGEPN).

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Activity has been low. During an overflight on 20 Sep, IGPEN staff measured the diameter of the inner crater to be slightly larger (230 m) than compared to August, likely as a result of landslides from its walls.

View of Tungurahua's inner crater (P. Ramón, IG-EPN).

Temperatures at fumaroles inside the crater were relatively low and their activity weak. Low seismic activity and snow inside the crater also suggests that the volcano is currently "sleeping".

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): The volcano is emitting a weak plume of gas and steam. Minor ash venting could be observed yesterday evening.

Minor ash venting from Copahue yesterday.

No glow was visible on night-time webcam images. SERNAGEOMIN has not posted new activity reports.

WATCH:  Copahue volcano - Activity on October 3-4, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.

ICE AGE NOW: Unseasonably Early Snow Storms Bury South Dakota And Wyoming - Blizzard And Tornadoes Leaves Many Buried, Creates Travel Woes, Millions Of Dollars In Damage!

October 05, 2013 - UNITED STATES - It may only be October, but a severe snowstorm has already buffeted Wyoming and South Dakota and threatens the rest of the Midwest Friday. This unseasonably early snow is strong with almost three feet of snow falling in South Dakota, and residents preparing for even more. Winter Storm Atlas is also expected to bring heavy snowfall, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to parts of the Rockies, the Plains and Midwest.

"I've lived in Wyoming my whole life and I've never seen it like this this early. I know several of the businesses nearby are completely closed because they can't even get workers into work -- it's pretty nasty," Patricia Whitman, a truck stop shift manager, said to the Associated Press.

Winter Storm Atlas could be the earliest snowfall on record in towns throughout the Midwest, and it's already made its impact felt. The snow has crushed tree lines and destroyed power lines, causing many residents in Wyoming and South Dakota to lose power. reports that the storm has caused 470 flight delays at Denver International Airport. Numerous roads have been closed, including sections of the I-90 and I-25. It also spawned a tornado in Nebraska, although no one was injured when it touched down.

The storm is expected to dissipate over the weekend, with highs in Denver to reach the 70s by early next week. - PBS.

A deadly storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains that caused millions of dollars in damage.

The storm dumped at least 33 inches of snow in a part of South Dakota's scenic Black Hills, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Helgeson said Friday afternoon. Later in the day, thunderstorms rolled across the Plains, and witnesses reported seeing tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. There were no reports of deaths from any of the tornadoes.

Earlier in the day, snow was blamed for the deaths of three people who were killed in a traffic accident on snow-slicked U.S. 20 in northeast Nebraska.

Forecasters said the cold front would eventually combine with other storms to make for a wild, and probably very wet, weekend for much of the central U.S. and Southeast.

Some of the greatest damage from tornadoes seemed to be in Wayne, Neb., a town of 9,600 where witnesses said at least four homes were destroyed. Mayor Ken Chamberlain said all of the residents in town were accounted for, but the storm caused millions of dollars in damage to an area that includes businesses and the city's softball complex.

At least 15 people were hurt in Wayne, but Chamberlain said none of the injuries was considered life-threatening, Chamberlain said. Seven of the injuries stemmed from two separate automobile accidents.

In Iowa, the state's Iowa Department of Homeland Security said a mile-wide tornado touched down near the town of Cherokee, cutting a 2- to 3-mile path through farmland but missing any population centers. 

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said they were still trying to figure out exactly how many twisters touched down Friday evening from storms that also brought large hail and heavy rain.

The snow in South Dakota prompted officials in Deadwood to postpone their annual Octoberfest, including Friday night's dancing-and-singing pub crawl and Saturday's Wiener Dog Races and Beer Barrel Games.

Julie Lee said she and fellow members of her White Rose Band were accustomed to snow, just "not for the fourth of October." They had barely unloaded their instruments in the Old West casino town of Deadwood before the wet, heavy snow started falling and closed part of Interstate 90, the area's only interstate.

"Our car is like an igloo," said Lee, who sings and plays the clarinet and saxophone for her North Dakota-based polka band. "I'm glad we got everything out."

Officials were warning drivers to stay off the roads in the Black Hills and in eastern Wyoming, where reports of 5 to 10 inches of snow were common. Forecasters urged travelers to carry survival kits and to stay in their vehicles if stranded.

"I've lived in Wyoming my whole life and I've never seen it like this this early," Patricia Whitman, shift manager at the Flying J truck stop in Gillette, said in a telephone interview. She said her truck stop's parking lot was full of travelers waiting out the storm. 

"I know several of the businesses nearby are completely closed because they can't even get workers into work — it's pretty nasty," she said.

The snow also snapped tree limbs that knocked out power lines in parts of the state, causing thousands of people to lose power.

By Friday night, South Dakota officials had closed I-90 from the Wyoming border to Murdo. And no travel was advised in Rapid City, where first responders were overwhelmed with calls for stuck vehicles and downed trees and power lines making some roads impassable. Police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel said snow and ice was accumulating on traffic signals, making the lights difficult to see.

Although early October snowfalls aren't unusual for the region, a storm of such magnitude happens only once every decade or two on the Plains, National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Trimarchi said.

WATCH: Unusual October Blizzard.

"I couldn't say when the last time we've had one like this. It's been quite a while," Trimarchi said.

The cold front is moving slowly east and expanding south and will meet up with the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen on Saturday or Sunday, after that storm makes landfall along the Gulf Coast.

Though much of the Midwest and Southeast may get soaked, it won't be as devastating as past combination storms, such as Superstorm Sandy, said William Bunting, operations chief at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. Sandy resulted from the merging of cold fronts and a tropical storm.

The Midwest, especially Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, are at most risk for large thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail, "perhaps baseball-sized hail," Bunting said.

On Thursday night, a tornado that touched down damaged homes and businesses in several communities, knocked out power and toppled trees. No injuries were reported.

The storm system also blanketed Colorado's northern mountains with snow. - ABC News.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: 2,200 Cattle Found Dead "Due To Snow And Lack Of Food" In Utracan, Argentina!

October 05, 2013 - ARGENTINA - Hundreds of animals died as a result of the snow, cold and lack of pasture in the departments Utracán and Hucal. The producers are complaining because they say that the Government did not have a contingency plan for drought for more than six months and only gave some food for sheep. They claim that they were without money or food to rationing.

In several fields of Bernasconi, General Acha, Ataliva Roca, Quehué, Colonia Santa Maria and Unanue appeared cows, calves and steers until dead after the storm.

The producers said that came together everything. "They came from several months of poor nutrition due to lack of pasture and the cold and the snow gave the coup de grace. The help of the Government was little, almost nothing. Some were rationed, but as animals died them because it did not reach and were left without resources, was a producer of Bernasconi.

As he could find Textual journal, the one hundred kilos of corn to ration cost today 90 pesos. By day, an animal eats an average of 5 kilos of corn. And rolls of grass, another alternative to feed the farm, get to 400 pesos.

The Mayor of Bernasconi, Jorge Riera, said Department Hucal died about 200 animals; While the Department Utracán, according to a survey of the Senasa, mortality reached 2000 heads. - Marco Digital. [Translated]

FIRE IN THE SKY: Strange, Bright Light Shine Like "The Sun Appearing At Night" - Tanzanians See Unusual Night Skylight, Baffles Many?!

October 05, 2013 - TANZANIA - The sighting of a strange bright light in the sky on Sunday night left hundreds of Tanzanians amazed with astronomy experts connecting the incident with unpredictably heavy rains that pounded Dar es Salaam and other parts of the country on Monday.

File photo.

The 'strange light in the sky' took a number of Dar es Salaam and Arusha residents by surprise and the incident scared many. Sunday nights normally find some people in big cities enjoying last hours of the weekend in public places but this time round the situation was different as some gave up drinking and rushed home fearing the worst.

Reports from weather stations around the world, however, indicate that Sunday night's sky sighting was that of 'Comet Ison' and the occurrence had been predicted before. The comet may be sighted in different parts of the world between September 29 and October 1.

Dr Noorali Jiwaji, lecturer at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) at the faculty of Science Technology and Environmental Studies said the incident was likely to have built up moisture sufficiently thus causing the heavy rains on Monday. The last Sunday night, from around 7 pm most parts of the country observed the middle of the circle with a small point of light like a star moving steadily with the cloudy disk thus causing panic to some people.

In Tanzania areas which saw the 'odd light' include Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions.Dr Jiwaji who is also a famous astronomy analyst said that the incident was caused by a satellite which rose above the horizon. He said the satellite rose above the horizon from 7:04 pm in the south and disappeared high in the sky at 42 degrees above the sphere in the south east direction at 7:47 pm.

He noted that the planets Venus, Saturn and Mercury were with a group of stargazers, a situation which left observers amazed as they wondered what could have caused it.

Being one of those who observed the occurrence on Sunday, Dr Jiwaji explained that the whole sky was absolutely clear. "I saw it first as a small whitish circular disk, rising from the horizon from around 8 pm in the south direction where it was relatively dark. The circle rose steadily moving towards the north direction becoming a larger whitish cloudy disk as it rose in the sky," he explained.

Dr Jiwaji said that according to international sources, circular cloud formations can occur due to high moisture which causes icy crystals to form in the upper atmosphere which we cannot be seen with naked eyes.

"Such icy crystals due to high moisture cause light to scatter equally in all directions. Since the source was a tiny lighted point this can produce a circular cloudy view like a halo surrounding the satellite," he noted, adding that a similar cloudy ring can be seen surrounding a bright full Moon when there is a lot of moisture in the sky. According to one of the local residents in Arusha, Mr Daniel Osbert, it "was like the sun appearing at night but not shinning as bright as it does during the day," he said and admitted that it was rather baffling. - All Africa.